Torch Trust for the Blind offers a variety of resources and practical support to those affected with sight loss, and to churches and other organisations who come into contact with people with sight loss.
Its 30-minute Sight-Loss Friendly Church (SLFC) sessions will introduce the resources and provide an opportunity to meet the SLFC team and ask questions.
Earlier in the year Our Lady of Victories Catholic parish in Market Harborough took part in the sight-loss training offered by Torch Trust, as part of a group of local churches learning about sight loss.
“The training gave helpful insight into the varying degrees of sight loss,” said Maureen Douglas, from the parish. “It showed how a parish can respond to meet the needs of members and visitors who live with sight loss.”
Participants took part in a visual awareness demonstration, which showed them how it feels to be visually impaired, and took away handouts that gave useful information on sight loss. Maureen shared this information with her parish priest, the parish pastoral council and the parish welcome group.
She was impressed by the support offered and said: “I would highly recommend every church to become a sight-loss friendly church.”
The sessions are to run throughout November and December.