Wales Council of the Blind

Service type: Clubs and social groups

Abergavenny VI Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The groups meets on alternate Mondays at Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny between 2.00 – 4.00pm.

Audio Book Club - (Royal Society for Blind Children)

Join us on Zoom as we listen to different audio books with other Visually Impaired (VI) young people from all over the UK! You can listen to books of your choice in the comfort of your space, have a chance to meet new people & make new friends as we have discussions, quizzes, and create your own audiobook sessions around the chosen book. Once we finish a book, we also hold exciting nominations and vote in time for the book reveal session. Audio book club is at a regular time of 5pm-6pm every Monday and Thursday for children and young people between the ages of 8-25.

Barry VI Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The groups meets every Tuesday at Golau Caredig between 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Blackwood VI Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Mondays at Blackwood Library between 11.30 – 12.30pm.

Bridgend Deafblind Social Group - (Deafblind UK)

For Deafblind people. Second Friday of the month at St. Marys Hall Norton, Bridgend from 11am - 1pm. Coffee and chat, speakers and trips out.

Bridgevis Coffee Mornings - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))

These coffee mornings often include invited guests for talks and presentations. 1st Friday of the month, 11.30am-1pm at St. John's Ambulance Training Centre, Minerva Street, Bridgend, CF31 1TD.

Bridgevis Gardening Club - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))

At Bronfair Allotments, Garth, Maesteg. every Wednesday. Bus leaves Market Street at 10 am and leaves Maesteg at 12.30 pm. Contact John O'Donnell below.

Bright Beginnings - (Royal Society for Blind Children)

Our exciting weekly online early years group for parents who have a blind or partially sighted baby or child between 0-4 years old. These drop ins run every Monday from 1pm till 2pm virtually on zoom. In these sessions you can expect to see: a range of different activities each week from sensory stories to messy play and music sessions for you and your little ones to participate in; an opportunity to chat with/meet other parents and families; the chance to participate in useful discussions about practical concerns with some guest hosts.

Caldicot Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays at the Haywain pub between 12.00 - 2.00pm.

Cardiff Coffee Morning - (Sight Life)

There is a Coffee Morning every Tuesday between 10.00am and 1.00pm in the Activity Room at Jones Court, Womanby St, Cardiff. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a chat with other members, staff and volunteers. Coffee, tea, cake and biscuits are always available. Occasionally there are guest speakers or optional activities.

Conwy Sight Loss Group - (Vision Support)

For people living with a vision impairment in the Conwy Borough. This group chats, has a range of activities/speakers and also attends trips. Meeting monthly at @20 Station Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy. LL29 8BU, 2pm-4pm. Contact Catherine below.

Cowbridge Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays between 10.30 – 12.30pm. Long Meadow Court, Cowbridge.

Deafblind Social Group - Wrexham - (Deafblind UK)

Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30-12.30. Venue: AVOW, 21, Egerton Street, Wrexham.

Deafblind UK Cardiff Social Group - (Deafblind UK)

The group provides a friendly, safe space where members can meet for a chat and a cuppa, and share challenges, information and build friendships. It will meet monthly, on the last Thursday, from 12 - 1 pm on the 4th floor of Cardiff Central Library. For referrals to the group, please contact Carys Jones, Sensory Support Officer via email at carys.jones@deafblind.org.uk.

Deafblind UK Crafts - (Deafblind UK)

Crafts group for deafblind people - meets between 2-4pm on the first Tuesday in the month at Hafan Deg, Grange Rd, Rhyl.

Eye 2 Eye Club - (Eye 2 Eye)

This club meets every Wednesday between 10am and 2.30pm at St. Andrews Church Hall, Garden City.

Gorseinon VIP Group - (Sight Life)

Gorseinon Institute, Lime Street, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4EE. 10am – 12pm, 1st Wednesday of the month.

Mold Visionaires - (Wales Council of the Blind)

Formerly run by Vision Support. Contact Wales Council of the Blind for current status.

Monmouth VI Club - (Monmouth VI Club)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Thursdays at Wyesham Christian Fellowship between 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Mumbles VIP Group - (Sight Life)

Mumbles Methodist Church, Mumbles Road, Mumbles, Swansea. 1.30 - 3.30 pm, 3rd Monday of the month.

Neath Tea and Chat Social Group - (Sight Life)

Every Monday in Neath Library from 1-3 pm. Water Street, Neath.

Newport VI Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays at the Salvation Army, Newport between 12.00 - 2.00pm.

North Wales Society of the Blind Club - (North Wales Society of the Blind)

The Club is held at no 20 Station Rd, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8BU. We get together every 2nd and 4th Monday in the month, from 11-1 pm. Transport and lunch may be arranged for you if required. We have guest speakers, entertainment also go out on day trips. For further information please contact Bethan on 01248 353 604.

Penarth Audio Book Club - (Sight Cymru)

Penarth Library. 3rd Friday of every month, 3.00 - 4.00pm

Pontarddulais VI Group - (Sight Life)

Social group for blind and partially sighted people in Pontarddulais. 3rd Thursday of the month 10.30am – 12.30pm at Boot Elim Community Church. Alltiago Rd., Pontarddulais.

Port Talbot Tea and Chat Group - (Sight Life)

Social group in the Port Talbot area.

Prestatyn Visionaires - (Vision Support)

For people who would like to meet other people living with a vision impairment in their local area. This group has a fantastic programme of events and activities. Meeting at the Presbyterian Church of Wales, Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn, LL19 9LR every first Wednesday 10am-12pm.

Radnorshire Association for the Blind - (Radnorshire Association for the Blind)

The group offers advice about services in the area, a Christmas meal and free summer trip.

RCT Young at Heart Social Group - (Sight Life)

Sight Life RCT Young at Heart Social group (ages range from approx. 30 – 60) which offers peer support and regular Zoom and face to face meetings fortnightly on a Friday morning between 11 – 1pm. It is very welcome and inclusive of new members. Activities on Zoom have included baking, arts and crafts, quizzes, and bingo etc. We have had picnics, taken part in Archery, accessible cycling, and bushcraft sessions. We also welcome guest speakers to the group.

Rhydyfelin Social Group - (Sight Life)

SIDS meets every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at The Hapi Hub, Masefield Way, Rhydfelin, Pontypridd, CF37 5HQ. This is not a Sight Life service but you can contact Barbara Protheroe via Carys Groves below.

Rhyl Visionaires - (Vision Support)

For people who would like to meet other people living with a vision impairment in their local area. This group has a fantastic programme of events and activities. It meets every fourth Wednesday of each month from 10:30am to 12:00pm at The ASK Centre, 9 - 11 Water Street, Rhyl, LL18 1SP.

Risca VI Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays at the Dan-y-Graig Church between 1.00 – 3.00pm.

Shand Pioneers - (Sight Life)

An adventurous group with members ranging from 16-60. Here's your chance to go ten pin bowling, white water rafting, quad biking, horse riding and take part in other social activities. The end of the summer season of activities is topped off with a lively barbecue for all. Approx 7 pm to 9.30pm. Usually meets the Croft pub in Roath, Cardiff and other venues. Also Saturday outings & adventures.

Sight Life Gardening Club - Cardiff - (Sight Life)

Meetings are held each Friday morning between 10.30 - 1.00, primarily at an adapted plot at Rhydypenau Allotments on Lake Road North during the summer months and Jones Court at other times.

Sight Life Photography Group - (Sight Life)

Photography group for people with Sight Loss. Meet at Port Talbot library at 10.am. The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each Month at Port Talbot library. The photographers will decide where they might go to visit to take different types of photographs.

Sight Life Singing Group - (Sight Life)

1st & 3rd TUESDAY of the month - 10.30am to 12.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Run by volunteers, attendees can sing to some musical favourites old and new.

Sisterhood - (Royal Society for Blind Children)

Sisterhood is a fantastic online group for young women aged 11 –25 to come together and discuss issues that are important to them. It’s a chance to discuss anything from mental health and wellbeing to hair care and make up. It’s a lovely supportive group that meets Tuesdays fortnightly online.

Sketty VI Group - (Sight Life)

Social group for blind and partially sighted people in Sketty. 1pm – 3pm on 3rd Wednesday of each month at Hazel Court, Sketty Park.

Social Groups - (Deafblind UK)

Deafblind Cymru's peer support & social groups provide those with both sight and hearing impairments plus their carers an opportunity to meet people and make friends. At regular meetings, all members are encouraged to get involved in the decision making process to determine what activities the group should do, often including social outings and arranging meetings to enjoy guest speakers on subjects of interest.

Swansea Centre VIP Group - (Sight Life)

Grand Theatre Conservatory, Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ. 11am – 1pm, 3rd Thursday of the month.

Swansea Friends of the Blind - trips and outings - (Swansea & District Friends of the Blind)

The organisation arranges outings for people who are registered blind in Swansea.

Swansea reading group - (Sight Life)

Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN. 11.00am to 12.00 noon, 3rd Wednesday of the month

Swansea Tea and Chat - (Sight Life)

Weekly tea and chat at 12 noon at Glynn Vivian Art Centre, Alexandra Rd, Swansea.

Swansea VI Tennis Club - (RNIB)

Currently not running. The game is very much like conventional tennis though with much larger balls filled with ball bearings, making it easier to detect where the ball is coming from. Sessions take place on Thursdays from 1 pm to 2 pm at Swansea Tennis Centre.

The Accessible Friends Network - (The Accessible Friends Network)

The Accessible Friends Network (TAFN) is a national independent UK charity providing social networking, computer technical support, training and entertainment via the internet. It is a user-led voluntary group run for and by vi people which uses email, the internet, voice conferencing and other resources to improve the quality of life for vi people and their partners by networking. Events, which are moderated, include quizzes, musical theme nights, jazz club, & computer skills workshops.

Thursday Luncheon Club - (Sight Life)

A mature group of around 40 visually impaired people. Members are brought in by V.E.S.T transport">community transport including those in residential care. The group enjoys morning coffee or tea, lunch, bingo, raffles and quizzes and are well supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Torfaen VI Club - (Sight Cymru)

A social group that meets locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment. The group meets on alternate Mondays at the Sight Cymru office in Pontypool between 1.00 – 3.00pm.

VIEW Social Group - (Visually Impaired Endeavours in Wrexham (VIEW))

This social club meets every Tuesday from 10.30-11.30 am at AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham.

VIM Meetings - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))

These are normally held on the second Monday of each month at Market Square Church Hall, 3 Salmons Street CF47 8DS (a short walk using the lane opposite the bus station).

VIP Groups - (Pembrokeshire Blind Society)

PBS organise ten VIP groups in Pembrokeshire: eight groups based on location, plus groups specifically for young (more active?) men and women. Activities include speakers, exercise, trips and demonstrations. Meetings are usually monthly and last 2 hours.

Visually Impaired Pontypridd (Social Group) - (Sight Life)

Visually Impaired Pontypridd meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 10.00 am to 12.00 pm at Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE

Welshpool and District VI Club - (Welshpool and District Visual Impairment Club)

Social and entertainment group for persons who are vision impaired and carers. Outings and speakers, general chat and company. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church, High Street, Welshpool on alternate Tuesdays between the hours of 2 - 4pm. from March - December. The club is run by a small group of people who give their time freely. Raffle event every meeting towards cost of refreshments and use of hall. Affiliated with Macular Society.

Working Age Socialise Group - (Vision Support)

For anyone of working age living with a vision impairment. This group meets both virtually and in person and is a great way of meeting other people living with a vision impairment in your local area who is of a similar age. The group meet in bars/pubs/restaurants in Llandudno/Chester (alternating monthly) and have a great time!

Wrexham Visionaires - (Vision Support)

For people who would like to meet other people living with a vision impairment in their local area. This group has a fantastic programme of events and activities. Meeting at the Wrexham Methodist Church every first Thursday of the month 11am-1pm.