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Healthy Eating

We have the opportunity to be given a Healthy Eating talk by Angela Murphy who works for the Live Life Well team, as part of the NHS initiative to support and motivate people to a healthy lifestyle.

If you would be interested in attending a session, date and time to be confirmed depending on interest please give Julie Stormont a call on 0191 567 3939 or email


The Society’s Nearly New Shop

The Nearly New Shop in Waterloo Place continues to raise revenue for the Society. Over the year that it has been open we have built up a regular customer base and it is reassuring to see people coming in each day to see what bargains we have for sale. We continue to be amazed and delighted by the  items donated and the shop receives many compliments from customers on both quality and prices. Items of donated goods are always appreciated and collection of larger items can be arranged free of charge. If anyone does wish to donate items to sell please telephone the office on 0191 5673939 to arrange collection.


Volunteer Telephone Befriending

Our new telephone befriending service has started.  Volunteer befrienders will be ringing everyone who has expressed an interest in receiving a regular friendly chat.  If you would be interested in receiving a regular phone call, please call us on 0191 567 3939 to add your name to the calling list.  If you would like to become a volunteer telephone befriender making the calls, please call Carol McAllister on 0191 567 3939 and she will visit you for an informal chat.


Our Ten Pin Bowling teams are always looking for new members. They meet fortnightly on a Thursday between 10:15am and 12:30pm and practice at MFA Bowling Alley, High St West, Sunderland. If you would like to join, please get in touch.

Sunderland Coffee Mornings 2017

This year we are again welcoming a number of companies to our coffee mornings throughout the year to show some of the latest technology for the blind and visually impaired. This will be an opportunity to try some of the equipment. The coffee mornings will run from 10:00am till 2:00pm at the Society’s office in Foyle Street.

The Sunderland Coffee Mornings will be held on the following dates;

Wednesday 13th September

Wednesday 11th October

Wednesday 8th November

Wednesday 13th December

Durham Coffee Mornings

This is now firmly established as a regular monthly activity for anyone with sight loss in County Durham. Please do think about joining us at the coffee morning; the regulars are a really friendly group and we have even had some lovely cakes and home-made scones brought by the husband of one of our regular attenders…. delicious and most appreciated!

We are looking for suggestions for guest speakers at future coffee mornings, in addition to the equipment suppliers that we have enjoyed this year, so if you would like to see a particular person or get information on a specific subject, please do let Carol McAllister know by ringing 0191 567 3939.  I am usually in the office Monday & Tuesday.

The Durham Coffee Mornings will be held on the following dates;

Tuesday 5th September - Optelec

Tuesday 3rd October - No Speaker


Sunderland RP Support Group

A support group for anyone who suffers from RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) meets monthly on the first Friday of the month at 1:30pm. Meetings are held at the Society’s office at 8, Foyle Street, Sunderland. Anyone with an interest in RP is welcome to attend and further information is available from the office on 0191 5673939.

Future meetings will be held on the following dates:

Friday 1st September

Friday 6th October

Friday 3rd November

Friday 1st December


Sit and Be Active

Whilst our Sit and Be Active classes proved popular, numbers have dwindled and in order to keep these going, we are looking for some new members. So let us kick off those cobwebs and join the fun. Those who have taken part say they feel that much better having participated in these gentle exercuse classes. Please contact Julie Stormont at Foyle Street to sign up.


Durham Vipers VI Cricket Club

Durham Vipers VI cricket club is looking for new players to join and take part in training sessions delivered by quality coaches. The ball is a size 3 football and the wickets are large.  Players are categorised according to their quality of vision.  Teams are made up of 11 players and must contain at least 3 totally blind players.  Players aged 11 or older are welcome to play VI cricket.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact club secretary Emma Gilfoyle on 07502 375708 or email