Horizons – Support Group for Parents of children with Sight Loss

Here at Féach and Fighting Blindness we recognise that parents of children who are living with sight loss may face unique challenges and difficulties. As well as feelings of anxiety and loss, the isolation and uncertainty can be difficult to manage. It can be hard to find other families familiar with the daily challenges of living with sight loss.

There are often many complex practical issues to deal with, such as medical, educational and social matters to consider. Many parents find it useful to talk through their feelings and experiences with someone else who understands what they are going through. Great support can be found in connecting with others who have faced similar difficulties.

Féach and Fighting Blindness are commencing a pilot peer support group for such parents. This will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 8 October (7.30 – 9pm). The group will be run by a skilled and experienced facilitator and held over the Zoom platform.* It is hoped that this mode of communication will allow for participation by individuals throughout the country.

· Dates: 2020: Thursday 8 October; 12 November; 10 December. 2021 dates to be confirmed.

· The Group will meet from 7.30 to 9pm.

· Venue: Zoom.

*Training on Zoom can be provided by Fighting Blindness in advance of joining.

If you think this may be of interest to you or someone you know, please contact us on: 01 674 6496 or email insight@fightingblindness.ie.

Please note that places on this group will be limited to 14 participants.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the group and it will also give us the chance to get a sense of your support needs, what kind of service you feel would be helpful, time commitments etc. Please note that this is not Group Therapy.