It has always been an important part of the Insight Counselling philosophy to offer our services throughout the country. Our Telephone Counselling Service which was established last year, now means that we are reaching more people than ever before all over Ireland.
Cork Support Group
For more than ten years now our Cork Support Group has provided a safe space where people dealing with sight loss have come together to talk with their peers about the issues that concern them in a confidential setting. Experience shows that peer support, advice and encouragement are invaluable assets when facing into the many challenges – both practical and psychological – of severe vision impairment.
Over the past two years I have had the privilege of facilitating these meetings where everyone’s contribution is valued, listened to carefully and responded to with respect and empathy. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the Irish Guide Dogs centre in Ballincollig, Co. Cork. We are grateful to Padraig Mallon and his staff for the warmth of their welcome and many acts of kindness over the years. New members are always welcome. Anyone interested in joining the group should first contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 674 6496.
Cork Counselling Service
In April of last year I began working every Friday in Cork offering in-person counselling to individuals, couples and families affected by sight loss. I hope that in time it will be possible to increase the number of days this service is available. If anyone would like to make an appointment or enquire about this or other services please get in touch.
The Exchange Club
Many of you will be familiar with the Exchange Club , a group that meets every Monday between 11am and 1pm in our Ely Place premises in Dublin 2. At the club people who are vision-impaired and blind are given free tuition in the latest technologies under the expert guidance of long-time Fighting Blindness members Albert Brown and Cearbhall O’Meadhra amongst others. Albert and Cearbhall were worthy joint recipients of the 2016 Anne Byrne Memorial Award for their unstinting efforts in nurturing, facilitating and promoting the work of the Exchange Club since its inception in 2012. For the uninitiated, their the idea behind the Exchange Club is simple: those skilled in the use of technology pass on their knowledge to those coming to the subject for the first time.
I am pleased to announce that we recently partnered with our colleagues in the Visually Impaired Computer Society (VICS) to run a four- week pilot Exchange Club in Cork to gauge interest for this service locally. The first meeting took place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 11.30am and 1pm in Plunket Chambers on Oliver Plunket Street in the centre of Cork city. The meeting was attended by an enthusiastic group of experienced and novice technology users who brought along their perplexing technology and related questions. The group quickly formed into small effective working partnerships to share experience and know how particularly as regards the ubiquitous iPhone. We hope that everyone who attended left somewhat more enlightened and empowered. We will update you on the next phase of this programme in the coming weeks on our website and social media.
If you would like more information about any of the Insight Counselling Services please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or 01 674 6496. You will also find more details on the support section of our website here.
John Delany, Senior Counselling Manager