New support groups, which help to increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular degeneration, have been established in Kelso and Galashiels.
Both groups will hold monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month (apart from January, July, August and December).
The Kelso Macular Support Group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 8 November, from 10.30am-12.30pm, at the Abbey Row Community Centre, The Knowes, Kelso TD5 7BJ.
On the same day, the Galashiels Macular Support Group will meet from 1.30-3.30pm, at Focus Community Centre, Livingstone Place, Galashiels TD1 1DQ.
The aim of the groups is to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by the condition.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. More people are affected as our population ages.
Jamie Cuthbertson, Macular Society regional manager, said: “The two groups are here for anybody affected by macular degeneration – we want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome.
“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.
“The groups invite guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including macular conditions and their impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea.”
If you would like to attend either group or for more information, contact Jamie Cuthbertson, Macular Society regional manager, on 0141 942 1083 or 07903 520 350, or email email@example.com