Sight Support Ryedale is able to offer a wide range of groups, fully accessible to sight impaired people, which fosters a continued high level of independence. All our activities are fully supported by our team of supportive and friendly volunteers.
There is a small fee for each activity attended and, whenever possible, our excursions and holiday are subsidised, particularly so for those in receipt of means-tested benefits.
Transport to all our activities is provided for which an annual registration fee is payable to Ryedale Community Transport.
IN TOUCH GROUPS
“Life would be so dull without this group. What I noticed after I had come a few times was that there are no miserable people here, everyone seems to be jolly.”
“It’s not only a social group – it’s supportive, informative and constructive. I really appreciate the invited speakers we have who are specialists in their field.”
"It's lovely to be able to do something that everyone else has the choice to do. I've thought about joining a fitness group before, but there's a barrier. You wonder how it's going to work, how you’ll know where to go and what to do.
To have the opportunity to join in with something that other people take for granted - it's great!
The sessions take place weekly September to April.
Throughout the summer months – May to September – we enjoy a fortnightly guided walk. There is always a choice of a longer walk of 3 – 5 miles or a shorter, more leisurely stroll, around a local village or beauty spot. We always end the walk at a café that serves good tea and cake!
We have occasional excursions to local places of interest which often includes a lunch out. Door to door transport is provided.
“I loved our trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – it was entertaining, interesting and educational.”
“I look forward to the shopping trip. It makes all the difference having someone with me to take time and help me, and to see prices. The helpers are all so patient”
We organise a short bi-annual holiday based in hotels which meet the needs of our members.
Over recent years, we have stayed at the Windermere Manor Hotel in the Lake District, which is an Action for Blind People hotel, and the Belmont Hotel in Llandudno, which belongs to the Royal Blind Society.
“The best holiday I have ever had – thank you so much, and to all the helpers too.”