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Help abolish VAT on audiobooks

Posted: Wednesday 1 March 2023 at 00:00

An MP is leading a call in Parliament to abolish VAT on audiobooks, to support people with visual impairments.

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“I noticed when new people joined, they would come with so much fear in their eyes”

Posted: Wednesday 1 February 2023 at 00:00

Vera became a Macular Society group leader a few years after her late husband Peter was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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New telephone support group to support people living in Wales

Posted: Monday 30 January 2023 at 00:00

A new telephone support group to help reduce loneliness and isolation among people living with sight loss across Wales has been set up.

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Cost of living– support for people with sight loss

Posted: Monday 30 January 2023 at 00:00

It can be a minefield trying to navigate the financial support available to you if you have a sight condition. However, the Macular Society’s Working Age and Young People’s Service manager, Colin Daniels, is here to help.

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"It's only now that I have seen the impact macular disease has on people"

Posted: Friday 20 January 2023 at 00:00

A retired ophthalmic nurse said it wasn’t until she began to volunteer with her local support group that she realised the true impact of macular disease and the impact it has on many people’s lives.

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How to tackle treatment delays

Posted: Tuesday 10 January 2023 at 00:00

The Macular Society’s Advice and Information Service is here to help if you are experiencing delays in sight-saving treatment.

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Five ways you can make a difference as a volunteer in 2023

Posted: Tuesday 3 January 2023 at 00:00

From managing support groups to providing a listening ear on the telephone, there are many ways people are making a difference to the lives of people living with sight loss.

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Entertaining calls to light up dark winter nights

Posted: Thursday 22 December 2022 at 00:00

From diving into the history of British broadcasting, to finding out about the life and times of a society hostess and philanthropist, there’s plenty up for discussion with our Winter Warmer calls.

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Margaret Hughes

“I didn’t know how many people were like me”

Posted: Wednesday 21 December 2022 at 00:00

Like many others who are diagnosed with macular disease, Margaret had no idea what the condition was and how many others were affected but, after experiencing the fear and isolation of her condition first hand, the 79-year-old wanted to help others in need of support.

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Scotland sight loss specialists to deliver online talk

Posted: Friday 4 November 2022 at 00:00

People living with a sight loss condition in Scotland have been invited to an online talk to find out the latest around macular services and research.

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“A befriender can help in so many ways”

Posted: Tuesday 1 November 2022 at 00:00

“I knew the impact that macular degeneration could have on people. I think the biggest sadness was that I was given that diagnosis, and then left without any real support, any information. So, from that day on, I decided I was going to make people aware of macular degeneration."

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Peter Jones

"We want people to carry on doing what they love"

Posted: Tuesday 18 October 2022 at 00:00

From Meryl Streep to Mo Farah, drawing celebrity portraits has long been a passion of Macular Society group member Peter, who says living with a macular condition doesn’t have to mean giving up something you love.

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