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Peer Support Programs

It's not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of sight. 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 sight loss, we're here for you. Peer Support groups give you the opportunity to connect with others who are living with sight loss.

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Seeing Things: Charles Bonnet Syndrome Group

This group is specifically for those who are experiencing symptoms/have had a diagnosis of CBS. Participants meet monthly for this conversational support group.  This group runs via Zoom web conference the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Guide Dog Peer Group (Ontario)

Join other guide dog handlers to talk about social/advocacy issues. This group meets via teleconference biweekly on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Call-in information will be given upon registration. 
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Coffee Club Social – Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario

Join the conversation! Even though we aren’t getting together in physical groups just yet, you can still call in for great conversation and comradery. This group meets via Zoom web conference the second and fourth Wednesday of every month 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Brockville VIP Group

This monthly peer support group will connect you with other people living in the Brockville area who have experienced sight loss. Enjoy a variety of guest speakers and take part in social activities. This group runs via Zoom web conference on the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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The Coffee Kings (Barrie)

This virtual coffee group for men offers an opportunity to meet new people and start interesting discussions with others who are experiencing vision loss. Get comfortable in your favourite chair and set yourself up with snacks and coffee or your beverage of choice, then bring on the conversation. Learn and talk about relevant and interesting topics. The group meets via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of the month from 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Parenting With Sight Loss Group

A support group for blind/partially sighted parents.  From infancy to adulthood - blind mothers and fathers can learn, explore, and share their triumphs, challenges, tips and stories among peers in a supportive environment. The group meets twice monthly in order to accommodate busy schedules. This group runs via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. and the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Care Providers Virtual Café

The goal of this new support group is to build a community of support and facilitate an opportunity for connection among spouses, parents, children and other care providers for individuals with sight loss. This informal support group will meet once a month and will cover a different discussion topic each month based on priorities identified by the group. This group meets via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group

This is a safe and supportive place for guide dog handlers from across the country to get together and chat. Share the joys and challenges of being a guide dog handler as well as tips to keep our guide dogs happy and engaged. This group runs via Zoom web conference biweekly on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Eastern Canada Social Meet Up Teleconference

Are you craving that social interaction you normally get from going for coffee, attending meetings or going shopping? We are here to provide a safe alternative. We’ll get to know each other, share some good news stories, and discuss practical tips for staying healthy and connected. Join us on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern Time for a friendly group chat. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Wednesday Social Hour

Join us every Wednesday for an afternoon social hour – the perfect time for those who are looking for an afternoon get-together. These sessions offer the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Each week we will discuss a different topic, and take some time to socialize. We hope to see you there!   This group runs via Zoom web conference every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Atlantic Time. Call in information will be given upon registration