Support Groups and Programs

Understanding, support and advice when you need it most

It's not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of vision, and there will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you're struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of vision loss, we're here for you.

  • Join a CNIB support group and receive emotional support from other people who understand the impact of vision loss on everyday life.
  • Call the toll-free CNIB Contact Centre at 1-800-563-2642 and get immediate, confidential telephone support. Many of our Contact Centre staff are blind or partially sighted themselves, and all are trained to assist you in accessing programs and services to help meet your needs.
  • Join our Vision Mate program and connect with a caring volunteer who's trained to provide assistance.
  • Access counselling services through CNIB or recommended community resources.
  • Learn about opportunities to take part in leisure, recreation and social programs in your community.​

Saskatchewan Support Groups and Programs

Regina and Saskatoon

For information on all Southern Saskatchewan (Regina) CNIB groups and programs contact Ashley Nemeth at (306) 565-5413 or email: ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca  

For information on all Northern Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) CNIB groups and programs contact Ashley Hay at (306) 374-4545 or email: ashley.hay@cnib.ca​

Peer Support Group (Teleconferencing opportunities are available): For individuals 55+ who are blind or partially sighted, this group allows participants to connect with others who are experiencing similar circumstances, to participate in social gatherings, and the opportunity to learn from guest speakers about a variety of relevant topics.
  • Regina location: CNIB, 2160 Broad St. Multipurpose room
  • When: Every second Tuesday (no meeting in July or August)
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: In January on the second and fourth Tuesday in the month. Starting in February and ongoing the first and third Tuesday (no meetings in July or August)
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Care Partners (Teleconferencing opportunities are available): This program is designed for family members and partners who are supporting a loved one with vision loss. This program offers participants the opportunity to share their experiences and gain coping skills. 

  • Regina location: CNIB, 2160 Broad St., Multipurpose Room 
  • When: Will resume again in Fall 2018 
  • Time: TBA
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: TBA
  • Time:  TBA
Vision Mate Program: Our Vision Mate Program matches individuals living with vision loss with specially-trained volunteers who offer companionship and one-on-one assistance with day-to-day tasks and errands. 

Vision mate volunteers assist individuals with a variety of activities, including reading mail, grocery shopping, errands, labeling and organizing household items, as well as enjoying leisure and recreational activities together – like playing cards and going for walks. 

Regina

For more information contact Ashley Nemeth at (306) 565-5413 or email: ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca  

Saskatoon

For more information contact Ashley Hay at (306) 374-4545 or email: ashley.hay@cnib.ca ​ 


Beyond the Classroom (Teleconferencing opportunities are available): This program will guide and support families, ensuring blind and partially sighted children and youth have access to the same educational and experiential learning opportunities as their sighted peers.   It will teach parents to navigate the school system and empower them to effectively advocate for their children changing what it means to be blind.

  • Regina location: CNIB, 2160 Broad St., Regina, Multipurpose Room 
  • When:  To resume again in the Fall 
  • Time: TBA. 
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: Every third Thursday of the month, January 18, February 15, March 15,April 19, May 17 and June 21 ​  
  • Time:  6:30– 8:00 p.m.
Youth Leadership (Teleconferencing are available): This program is designed for to provide youth who are blind or partially sighted opportunities to develop leadership, advocacy, and compensatory skills in a social setting with the goal of building self-esteem, confidence, social and community engagement, and self-efficacy (empowerment). 

  • Regina location: CNIB, 2160 Broad St., Multipurpose Room 
  • When: Every second Tuesday of the month in January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8.
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
  • Saskatoon location: Cancelled until the fall. 
  • When: TBA.​
  • Time:  TBA.
Family Fun Days: These days provide opportunities for families (in which one or more individuals has vision loss) to meet with others for a fun activity.

  • Regina location: Regina Climbing Centre located at 606B Solomon Cres.
  • When: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $5/person which includes climbing costs and equipment.
  • To Register call: 306-565-5413 or email: ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Dr. ​
  • When: May 20 – Camp kickoff
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m

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