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Learn how to become a Sight Loss Friendly Church

The Christian charity Torch Trust is running a series of free Zoom meetings explaining how parishes can become accessible for people with sight loss.

Torch Trust for the Blind offers a variety of resources and practical support to those affected with sight loss, and to churches and other organisations who come into contact with people with sight loss.

Their 30-minute Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC) sessions will introduce the resources and provide an opportunity to meet the SLFC team and ask questions.

Earlier in the year Our Lady of Victories Catholic parish in Market Harborough took part in the Sight loss Friendly Church training offered by Torch Trust, as part of a group of local churches learning about sight loss.

“The training gave helpful insight into the varying degrees of sight loss,” said Maureen Douglas, a representative of the parish. “It showed how a parish can respond to meet the needs of members, and visitors who live with sight loss.”

Participants took part in a visual awareness demonstration, which showed them how it feels to be visually impaired. At the end of the training they took away handouts that gave useful information on sight loss. Maureen shared this information with her Parish Priest, the Parish Pastoral Council and the parish welcome group.

She was impressed by the support offered and said: “I would highly recommend every church to become a Sight Loss Friendly Church.”

The sessions are currently planned for November 17 at 2pm, November 24 at 7pm, November 26 at 2pm, December 8 at 2pm, and December 9 at 2pm.

To find out more you can visit sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk and to book a place please email SLFC@torchtrust.org.uk

Image from Torch Trust