When a person loses their eyesight, they often experience loneliness, isolation and exclusion from society. This can lead to depression, anxiety, and lack of self-esteem. Meeting others living with sight loss can be challenging, especially if there is no group or club for them to get together with those experiencing the same problems.
It was identified in 2009 that there was a need for a dedicated group in Carnoustie for blind and partially sighted individuals.
With the support of Forfarshire Society for the Blind; now known as Angus Society for the Blind, a steering group consisting of three sight-impaired Carnoustie residents, held a meeting to establish if a group was feasible. It was agreed that a group should be formed, not a support group, but a social group. The group needed a name, one that would identify the location, the purpose, and the sensory focus. With that in mind, Carnoustie Social-Eyes was born. The first meeting of the group was held on 12 May 2009.
In the first year, Carnoustie Social-Eyes was supported by the Society, but the aim of the group was to be self-supporting. This came to fruition in March 2010 when a constitution was adopted, and a committee elected.
The aim of Carnoustie Social-Eyes is to bring together visually impaired people of Angus. To provide company and support, and enjoy social activities and outings. The members benefit from the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and common concerns, to make new friends and encourage interaction within the group. The meetings are fun and informal. Playing tactile board games, quizzes, and guest speakers, are some of the activities, which appear regularly on the agenda.
Carnoustie Social-Eyes members have the opportunity to attend social events within the local community.
It was established from the onset that, the group was to be run by the members; therefore, all those elected onto the committee have a visual impairment.
How to Join
Carnoustie Social-Eyes (The Group for Blind and Partially Sighted People) is open to members and invited guests only. If you, or someone you know is blind or partially sighted, or are generally interested in learning more about the group, please contact the Secretary, Margaret Morrison via email [email protected] or find us on Facebook.