There were a number of items on the agenda, at the recent local meeting between Macclesfield MP, David Rutley, and the Charity Officer for the Macclesfield Eye Society, Lucy Derges.
During the meeting, David discussed how the Society is developing its work with blind or partially sighted people in Macclesfield and across Cheshire East, as it looks to recruit more volunteers, and increase the number of services which it is able to provide in the community. In addition to this, Lucy outlined a number of the campaigns which the Society is supporting, discussing the challenges posed to Guide Dog and Guide Cane users by pavement parking and ‘shared space’ schemes.
Macclesfield Eye Society aims to enable people affected by sight loss to lead independent and fulfilling lives at work, at home and in the community, serving blind and partially sighted people in East Cheshire for 140 years. It supports visually impaired people who are in work; helping them to access financial, technological and other support to help them succeed in the workplace and understand their rights as an employee with sight loss. The Society also supports people who are no longer able to work due to full or partial blindness, or are looking for work, and encourage employers in and around Macclesfield to adopt best practice in the workplace to make their products, services and workplaces accessible to employees and clients affected by sight loss.
In addition, the charity assists people affected by full or partial blindness in their homes, providing and recommended specialist equipment for their needs, to help maintain independence. There are a number of community projects, such as its befriending service, a weekly Information Point at Macclesfield District General Hospital, which runs alongside the Eye Clinic, and regular social groups, which offer peer support and a social setting for those with total or partial blindness in the area.
Speaking following the meeting, David said, “It was great to meet Lucy today, and learn more about the aims and ambitions of the Macclesfield Eye Society. Those who are affected by full or partial blindness receive important and greatly appreciated services from the Society, so I am pleased to be able to support its essential work. I would like to thank Lucy and the team for their valued contribution, and look forward to working with the Society in the future.”
If you would like to find out more about the Macclesfield Eye Society, please go to their website, www.macclesfieldeyesociety.org.uk, email info@ macclesfieldeyesociety.org.uk, or phone 01625 422602.