Fighting Blindness Announce New Support Group In Limerick

Media Release

September11, 2014

FIGHTING BLINDNESS ANNOUNCE NEW SUPPORT GROUP IN LIMERICK

When: Thursday September 18, 2014, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Where: Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre

Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness announce a new support group in Limerick city centre for people living with sight loss. All people who are affected by sight loss are invited and encouraged to participate. Meetings will be held monthly, with the inaugural meeting taking place on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, St Michael’s Courtyard, Denmark Street, Limerick from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Fighting Blindness established the Insight Counselling Centre in 2002 to provide support and information for people and families affected by sight loss. This is the third support group that the charity has set up through the centre, with others already in existence in Dublin and Cork. The Limerick based group is designed for people living with sight loss and will act as a meeting and discussion point for people to share their experiences and learn from one another. Sessions will be hosted by a specially trained facilitator but the format will be open and responsive to the needs of the group, rather than following a formal structure.

Senior Counselling Manager at the Insight Counselling Centre, John Delany, said; “We have been facilitating support groups through Fighting Blindness for many years now and participants tell us that they find them to be very useful forums in which to share experiences and learn from each other in a safe, confidential and respectful setting. For anyone who may be experiencing sight loss, whether they have lived with a condition for many years, or have recently been diagnosed, we invite you to join us. You’ll be most welcome”.

Fighting Blindness represents more than 224,000 people in Ireland who are living with severe vision loss. Conditions that cause sight loss vary hugely; some are diagnosed early in life while others may not affect a person until adulthood or later life. Age-related macular degeneration and sight loss that is related to diabetes are among the more common conditions, but there are also rare and inherited conditions that affect sight and are thought to represent around 3,000 Irish people. Fighting Blindness offers counseling and support to people affected by sight loss while acting as advocates in issues of health policy. The charity funds research in Ireland that is working towards the development of treatments and eventual cures for blindness.

Speaking about the new support group in Limerick, Fighting Blindness CEO Avril Daly said; “Supporting people living with sight loss is at the heart of what we do at Fighting Blindness. One of the key objectives of our strategy is to expand our support services nationwide. With our Insight Counselling Centre operating in Dublin and monthly support groups meeting in Cork, we are delighted to be in a position to expand now to Limerick and hope this is the first of many new groups that will emerge. We hope this will be a big support to the people of Limerick and look forward to welcoming people to the group”.

More information is available at www.FightingBlindness.ie or by calling John Delany at the Insight Counselling Centre on 01 674 6496.

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For more information, contact:

Caitríona Dunne, Communications Officer, Fighting Blindness

01 678 9004 / 085 191 6312 / caitriona.dunne@fightingblindness.ie

John Delany, Senior Counselling Manager, Insight Counselling Centre

01 674 6496 / insight@fightingblindness.ie