Sight loss support group launches in Montrose

A new group has been set up by Binnie Taylor, called the Montrose Vision Support Group, for people who are visually impaired. It will meet up. every fortnight in the Picturehouse pub from left. Pat Wood and guide dog Winnie, Lynne Ogg from Scotmid, Anne Ritchie, Laura Ramsay from North East Sensory Services, Binnie Taylor.and guide dog Oyster.

A new group has been set up by Binnie Taylor, called the Montrose Vision Support Group, for people who are visually impaired. It will meet up. every fortnight in the Picturehouse pub from left. Pat Wood and guide dog Winnie, Lynne Ogg from Scotmid, Anne Ritchie, Laura Ramsay from North East Sensory Services, Binnie Taylor.and guide dog Oyster.

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A new support group for people with sight loss has been launched in Montrose, to help bring people

together.

The group meets fortnightly at the Picture House on Hume Street from 2.45 to 4pm, and is open to anyone with vision impairment from across Angus.

Binnie Taylor, who helped set up the group, revealed that it came about thanks to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

She explained: “The RNIB in London have begun an initiative called the Big Connection and they wrote to people in different areas with sight loss to see if they would be interested in supporting their community by starting a group to reduce isolation in people with the condition.

‘‘I was interested so I called them up. The RNIB interviewed me by telephone and allowed me to become a connector in my area.”

Binnie, who is visually impaired, had help from Voluntary Action Angus to source a venue for the social group, and the RNIB then issued invites. Help to publicise the group has also come from the North East Sensory Service (NESS) and Angus Talk Newspaper.

The group, called Montrose Vision Support Group, has also been bolstered by a £200 start-up grant from Scotmid.

Binnie said: “People have been so kind and I can’t thank them enough. I’m really delighted to be involved in it. I think it will be a success but it will take time.

‘‘It will be slow to start with but if even a few people benefit it will be worth it.

‘‘It just helps bring people together. It’s an RNIB initiative. The group activities will be agreed by members - nothing will be imposed on them.”