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.​

Manitoba Support Groups and Programs

Brandon and Winnipeg

For information on all Brandon and Winnipeg adult groups and programs contact Joanne Fabian at phone: (204) 789-0954 or email: joanne.fabian@cnib.ca unless otherwise stated.

For information on all Winnipeg child or youth groups and programs contact Ann Harry at phone: (204) 789-0944 or email: ann.harry@cnib.ca

Adjusting to Vision Loss: The purpose of this program is to provide adults who are blind and partially sighted support during their adjustment to vision loss.; improve their knowledge about eye conditions, living with vision loss and of CNIB and community supports and services.
  • Winnipeg location: CNIB, 1080 Portage Avenue, Second Floor Boardroom
  • When: On Tuesdays beginning on October 17 for six weeks
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • **Registration is mandatory for this class please call Joanne at (204) 789-0954 to do so.
Beyond the Classroom: This program will ensure blind and partially sighted children (8 – 12) have access to a variety of social, educational and experiential learning opportunities with their peers. Once a Month Alternating between Winnipeg and Brandon.
  • Brandon location: CNIB, 354 10th Street, Boardroom/Multipurpose Room 
  • When: August 19, October TBA, December 9
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m. 
  • Winnipeg location: CNIB, 1080 Portage Avenue, Boardroom/Multipurpose Room 
  • When: September 23, 2017, November 25 
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m. 
Sharing Circle:  This group is for adults. Join in and share your experiences with vision loss and learn about community resources.  There will be a different guest presenter each month (check the info line).
  • Brandon location: CNIB, 354 Tenth Street  
  • When: The last Tuesday of every month, starting on September 26.
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • To Register: Please call Ruth at (204) 727-0631
  • Winnipeg location: CNIB, 1080 Portage Ave, Second Floor Boardroom  
  • When: First Wednesday of each month ongoing. 
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Youth Council (Teleconferencing opportunities for those outside of Winnipeg are available): This program is designed 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).
  • Winnipeg location: CNIB, 1080 Portage Avenue, Boardroom/Multipurpose Room 
  • When: Monthly meetings on August 14, September 11, October 2, November 6
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monthly youth council activities and outings will be planned. for more information call Ann Harry. 

The youth council has scheduled a number of hosted events which are listed below: 

- Winnipeg Leadership Education Advocacy Development & Support (LEADS) Workshop for participants ages 16 – 21. on Leadership Styles. The date of this workshop is TBA and will be locates at CNIB, 1080 Portage Avenue, Boardroom/Multipurpose Room. For more information phone: (204) 789-094 or email: ann.harry@cnib.ca or call or call our Winnipeg Infoline (204)789-0961.
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