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Courses and Social Groups

The services and courses listed on this page are not organised by the Friends.  If you are interested in any of them, please contact the respective organisers shown below.

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The Patient Support Service offers a point of contact for anyone seeking emotional support, further help, basic advice on their eye condition, or assistance for themselves or their carers.

If you would like to speak to the Patient Support Nurse, Mary McGrory, you can contact her directly on 0117 342 9098 or

Giving you an opportunity to discuss:

How you are coming to terms with sight loss

Any concerns you may have

Eye conditions

Eye health

Providing a confidential service


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RNIB ‘Living with Sight Loss’ courses


The courses (1, 2 or 6 day sessions) cover Assistive Technology, mobility, the services of Action for Blind People and RNIB, emotional support and counselling.  They are intended to increase confidence and awareness and give people the chance to meet others facing similar difficulties.


Where: In Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire.


When: Dates are arranged when there are sufficient numbers to organise a course. 


For more information or to put your name down, please:


email or call 0303 1234 555



Brizzle Connect Social Group 


Brizzle Connect is all about bringing people together once a month to take part in events/activities which aim to be both informative and fun.  If you enjoy socialising, would like to try new activities, find it helpful to keep up to date with local services for visually impaired people and are keen to have your say about what we do at future gatherings then please do come and join us.


When: 11am-3pm, occasional Tuesdays


Where: RNIB, 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bristol, BS3 4EB


Free lunch included, everybody welcome!


Please RSVP along with any dietary requirements to:


email or call 07710 069102


RNIBBringing together people affected by sight loss.

Registered charity number 226227 (England and Wales) SC039316 (Scotland)


Lifecycle Two's Company

Bristol charity Lifecycle offers tandem cycle rides for visually impaired adults or young people under 18 with visual impairments or developmental issues.


Tandem riding is a very sociable activity.  It is fantastic for wellbeing, building self-confidence, and providing physical activity for any level of ability.


Lifecycle’s Two’s Company offers this great experience free.  They provide the tandems, trained volunteers and ride leaders for each ride.  The rides all take place locally in or near Bristol.  Occasionally we also organise a themed ride, for example a trip to a Steam Train, Dawn Chorus, Bush-craft skills etc.


For more information about regular rides for young people and adults with a visual impairment please see

Hospital and Other Links

Above & Beyond    

Blind Veterans UK

Bristol Eye Hospital                                  

Macular Society


National Eye Research Centre  


Royal National Institute of Blind People  


Royal Voluntary Service  




Somerset Sight         


Two's Company Lifecycle

Vision North Somerset