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Newsletter February 2017

VIM Members Meetings

Venue - Hope and Market Square Church, Three Salmons Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8DS

These meetings are held monthly at 2 PM on the second Monday each month.

Why not come along enjoy a cup of tea and chat to like minded people with similar issues?

Morgans Tips

Dropped something and can’t find it – use your vacuum cleaner. You don’t want to go rooting through the gunge in the cleaner so put a piece of some old net tights over the nozzle. The item should magically appear on the net without disappearing into the cleaner.


Volunteers for home visiting people with sight impairment in the Merthyr area.

We also need vounteers to help demonstrate the facilities in Room 24 in Kier Hardy Health Centre

Our current treasurer will soon be moving to pastures new, so we are keen for someone to take his place.

Full training will be given and expenses will be paid. For more information contact Owen Jones on 01685 386167 or email

Macular Society

The Macular society can provide much needed support and information to people with Macular Degeneration.

More information on all issues can be obtained from the Macular Society either on their website or by phoning them on their helpline 0300 3030 111. They can supply information leaflets covering most aspects of central vision loss.

Heads up

Sensory Day

Following the success of our Sensory Day at Kier Hardy Health Park last year. We will be holding a similar event this year. This year it will be held on March 29th between 10.00 to 15.30. Details will also be available in the atrium to Kier Hardy Health Centre on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March.

Room 24

Magnifiers and many other products which are useful for the visually impaired are available for demonstration in Room 24 at Kier Hardy Health Centre, Georgetown. Why not join one of our coffee mornings which are held every two months. Contact Owen for details of the next one.

Finding your Feet

We have funding to run more of these useful courses for visually impaired and their families early in 2017. If you are a beginner or want a refresher or just want more information please contact Dr Morgan Evans by phone on 01685 722135 or



Owen is arranging a trip to Caerleon (Roman Museum) in April after Easter.

For more details contact Owen on 01685 386167


Library of Sight Conditions

VIM is currently establishing an information library on sight conditions in various formats including audio.


This newsletter is available in 3 formats:

CD – which will play on any CD player and most DVD players (via your TV).

Large Print – an easy to read 22 font print.

Email – best method if you have an email address.

Please let us know if the newsletter you get is not your preferred format.

Contact :

Dr Morgan Evans on 01685 722135

or Owen Jones on 01685 386167

Registered Charity Number 1152567