Herts Vision Loss provides support to local clubs for blind and partially sighted people in different areas of Hertfordshire. We are always keen to help facilitate the start-up of new groups, please contact us if you would like to discuss starting a new group in your area. If you know of groups that should be added the list below please get in touch.

Current Clubs we support:

Sight Life Welwyn Garden City is a friendly social group for working-age people, the group meets every Wednesday morning  (10:00 – 12:00) at the Woodside Centre in the Commons WGC. You can find out more about the club by emailing sightlife@hotmail.co.uk.

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Sight Life Stevenage is a friendly social group for working-age people, the group meets every first Thursday of the month at the Trinity URC meeting room in Stevenage Old Town (10:30-12:30).

You can find out more about that club by emailing lindsey.wheeler@hertsvisionloss.org.uk or calling our office on 01707 324680.

Sight Life Hemel is one of our new support groups for working-age people, the group meets on the last thursday of the month (1:30pm-3:30pm). Next months meeting will be held at the Volunteer Centre Dacorum in Hemel town centre. You can find out more about this club by emailing sophia.ramsden@hertsvisionloss.org.uk.

Sight Life St Albans is one of our new support groups for working-age people. They meet to socialise with others and have guest speakers on relevant topics but our main-focus is fun, friendship building, learning to love life and empowering individuals. They meet at the Trinity United Reformed Church, 1 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RD on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2:30-4:30pm. For more information please contact Laura Gillespie at laura.gillespie@hertsvisionloss.org.uk.

Four Swans Vision offers support & social activities for both Visually Impaired People and their Carer’s in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. Based in the Waltham Cross area, we provide activities such as V.I.P. Tennis, V.I.P. Golf, Ceramic Workshops, Social trips out and trips to the theatre or cinema. We are also involved in creating a Sensory Garden on the Holmesdale Tunnel Open Space in Waltham Cross. We meet the first Wednesday of each month where members can socialise and discuss future events and projects. Annual membership is open to adults aged 18 years and over but some of our activities can include younger ages. Contact us on the number below for more details about our fun and friendly group. Contact us on 07985 536216 or email fourswansvision@gmail.com.

You can find out more about us on our website here: fourswansvision.org.uk

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Our groups summer picnic in June 2017

Details of other clubs in Herts for people with sight loss:

South East Herts Area:

Bishop’s Stortford VIP Club meets 1st Tuesday afternoon of each month at Haver’s Community Centre, Waytemore Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3GR from 2.00pm-4.30pm. Contact Mrs Monika Hills on 01279-832837.

George Fuller Club for the Blind meets 3rd Monday of each month except January, Bushby Hall, Wharf Road, Wormley, EN10 6HX, 7.00-9.00pm.  Transport can be arranged. Contact Peter Grant 01992 462046 or 07808 365142 Peter.c.grant@btinternet.com

Hertford Macular Degeneration Support Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at the Methodist Church Hall, Ware Road, Hertford, SG13 7DZ from 10.30am to 12.00pm. Contact Kathryn Shreeve for further information on 01920 821332 or Email kathrynshreeve@tiscali.co.uk

 

Potters Bar Circle for the Blind and Partially-Sighted meets once every three months in Furzefield Court, Potters Bar 8.00-10.00pm.  Transport can be arranged.  Entertainment, music and games are arranged plus a snack at 8.45pm-ish. Contact Gillian Rickards on 01707 657194.

 Saffron Walden Club for Visually Impaired meets weekly Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.00pm, coffee mornings. For more information, contact Mrs Pat Arnold on 01799 540903. Transport to Clubs can sometimes be arranged.

Ware Club for Visually Impaired People meets for a get-together, a drink and/or a meal once a month at the Saracen’s Head, Ware on a Monday at 12.30pm. Please phone June Holtby for more precise information on 01920 420796.

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For equipment, information and advice, 2 & 4 George Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1EQ. Manager Paul Atkins Resource Centre Open Monday–Friday 9.30–2.30pm.

 

Central Herts Area:

Welwyn Garden City – The Thursday Club meets 2nd Thursday of the month 2pm – 4pm at Guessens Grove Hall, Guessens Road, Welwyn Garden City. Contact – Mrs Vera Weeden on 01707-327370.

Potters Bar Circle for the Blind Call 01707 657194 for details of meeting times (Thursdays 7.45pm). The Club also arranges occasional evenings out and one summer trip out. Contact – Mrs G Rickards, 16 Green Meadow, Potters Bar. Call 01707 657194.

St. Albans Macular Group meets once a month with a speaker 2nd Tuesday monthly – 2.00pm – 3.30pm.United Reform Church Hall, Homewood Road, St. Albans. Contact – Sue Fennell on 01727 852492.

Little Heath & Potters Bar Circle for the Blind meets at Furzedown Court Centre, Mutton Lane. Thurs 7.45pm. Theatre trips Mon evening.  Mrs Rickards 01707 657194.

 St. Johns Guild Fellowship (St. Albans) Contact:  Mrs. Sylvia Hayes 01727-864076

Contact the Elderly (St Albans and Harpenden)

A group of volunteer drivers use their cars to collect the same elderly people once a month on a Sunday afternoon and together they visit a volunteer host for tea and an informal social afternoon. The group visits a different host each month and arrive at the host’s home around 3pm and leave again around 5pm.This monthly outing with friends is something our members look forward to with great pleasure, as for many, the outings are a lifeline of friendship. This service is completely free. Please call the Freephone number to register your interest: 0800 716 543.

North Herts Area:

Yvonne Savage Club For Visually Impaired People – Letchworth. The club meets at the Methodist Church Hall, Pixmore Way, Letchworth on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for lunch and social activities from 12.30pm – 3.30pm.  Transport provided. Contact: Muriel Anderson on 01462 637405 muriellanderson@ntlworld.com

The Reg Bromige Club For Visually Impaired People – Stevenage.  St Hughes Church, Mobbsbury Way, Chells. The club meets on the 2nd Wednesday monthly between 2pm-4pm for social gatherings and outings. Contact:  Mrs. Mary Green 01438-365186

Tuesday Blind Club. Stevenage. The club meets at Ingelheim Court, Hellards Road, Stevenage SG1 every Tuesday between 10 am and 2.45 pm for social gatherings and lunch.  Contact: Jackie Smith on 01438 228728. Transport provided.

 Hitchin Social Group meets at the New Testament Church of God Hitchin every 2nd Monday in the Month at 11am . Junction of Hampden Rd and Willian Rd, Hitchin SG4 0LB. Contact Mrs Hyacinth Gregory  01582 523951 or Lindsey Wheeler 07825 005951.

Letchworth Macular Disease Support Group Meets at Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth.  3rd Wednesday of the month. 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Contact: Gillian Richardson 01462 631165 or 07986742467.

Baldock Senior Club (over 65’s) welcomes visually impaired people. The club meets on Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm at Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, Baldock. Contact: Penny Cook 01462 893579.

Letchworth Book Group is a club for blind and partially sighted people; meets on the 1st Wednesday in the month from 10.00 – 12.00. This group meets at The Community Care Hub, 43, Station Rd. Letchworth, SG6 3BQ. For further information, contact  Sarah Carrick on 01462 672428 or 07913863320 or Lindsey Wheeler (07825 005951).

Stevenage Book Group. Book Club for Blind and Partially sighted people; meets in Springfield House Community Centre 24 The High St. Old Town, SG1 3EJ on the first Friday of every month at 11am for coffee and cake first. Enjoy a good read (audio or large print) and share your experience with others. For more info contact John Harlow on 07778037411 or Lindsey Wheeler on 07825005951.

Knit and Natter Group Letchworth. This group meets at the Brotherhood Hall, Gernon Rd, every Friday morning 10:00 am – 11:30 new members welcome. Contact: Alvina Atkinson 01462 685362.

“Sightlife” Stevenage. Younger group for those of working age. Practical support like interview technique, equipment advice but also fun sessions and activities, supporting one another and looking forwards. Meets at Holy Trinity Church Hall, The High St. Old Stevenage, SG1 3DB 10:30am to 12:30 one Thursday morning a month .Contact : Lindsey Wheeler 07825 005951 lindsey.wheeler@hertsblind.com

Renaissance Social Group. Meets at Chells Manor Community Centre,  12, Emperors Gate SG2 7QX every Wednesday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm for tea, speakers, quizzes, outings etc. No transport provided. Contact Ann Coffin 07789 974168.

West Herts Area:

Hemel Hempstead Rotary Blind Club meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind on the 4th Monday in the month 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Contact organiser Rod Pesch for details: 01442 249212 or 07831 397539.

Yoga classes at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind EVERY Tuesday, from 12pm till 1pm. Term time only. Please call Audrey on 01442 217918 for information.

The Moorlands Women’s club meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind ALTERNATE Tuesdays from 7:30pm – 10pm. They have guest speakers and the club is an excellent way to socialise.

The Hemel Hempstead Wednesday Club This club meets at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind,         6, Alston Road, Boxmoor on ALTERNATE Wednesdays for entertainment, outings and Bring & Buy sales etc.  1.30pm – 4pm. Contact:  Colin Crow Tel:  01442 265362. Transport can be provided.

Visually Impaired Club for the blind and partially sighted for people of Radlett, Elstree & Borehamwood. The Club is run weekly on Friday afternoons 1.30pm – 4.00pm at Maxwell Park Community Centre, Maxwell Rd, Borehamwood.bTel: Sasha – 07771 862 820/ David – 01923 854403. Email: Sasha – sashacapocci@hotmail.com/ David – davidclout@btinternet.com You can check out the website at: www.visually impairedclub.co.uk

Contact The Elderly Sunday Tea Parties: Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship. Groups currently running in Borehamwood and Watford.For details contact Katy Szita on 0208 530 0494 or by email:katy.szita@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

Watford – Rene Milton Hall, Cross Street. Jenny likes to visit possible members before they attend the group, to get to know them better. Several meetings take place each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and alternate Thursday social evenings.  A variety of social events are organised including outings, games evenings, parties, etc.  Contact: Jenny Marsh, 2 Ash Close, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0DN. 07932746181 or Jenny.marsh68@gmail.com; Transport to and from club is not provided.

Rickmansworth & District Club for the Blind meets Bi-monthly lunches. Contact: Mrs. Sue Brothwell: 01923 774627.

The 1066 Club, Berkhamsted. Meets first Monday of each month between 2.30 and 4.30pm at Berkhamsted Court House (by the parish church), High Street, Berkhamsted. Contact:  Mary Cutler 01727 860695.

Barnet Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls Club. Bowls for blind and partially sighted, of all ages. The club meets at various greens around Barnet and Finchley on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Coaching is available for new members.Contact: David James 020 8906 8654    Email james_davidgj@yahoo.co.uk.