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 Daniel Lundy at (306) 374-4545 or email: daniel.lundy@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: Every 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: Thursday evenings, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017 
  • Time: 6:00– 8:00 p.m. 
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: Wednesday evenings, January, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018
  • Time:  6:00– 8:00 p.m.
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. 

Beyond the Classroom (Teleconferencing opportunities for those outside of Regina 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:  Every third Tuesday of the month, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20 
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: Every third Thursday of the month, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 15 
  • Time:  6:30– 8:00 p.m.
Youth Leadership (Teleconferencing opportunities for those outside of Regina 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 September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: Every third Thursday of the month, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 
  • Time:  6:30– 8:00 p.m.
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: CNIB, 2160 Broad St.
  • Saskatoon location: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
  • When: October 29 – Halloween Party, February 12 – Valentines Party 
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.  

Regina Visually Impaired & Blind Supper Group: Meets the first Friday of every month at a different restaurant each month. Does not meet in the summer. There are limited spaces in this group. 

Regina Visually Impaired/Blind Art Group: TBA will meet beginning in Jan 2016, please check back for more information. ​​

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