A CIRENCESTER sight loss group is appealing for volunteers following an early summer break.

Cirencester Macular Support Group are holding its next monthly meeting on Friday, July 13.

They are marking its return by appealing to anyone willing to give up some of their time to help at its meetings to get in touch.

It is looking for people to assist with general tasks such as booking regular guest speakers, helping with refreshments and other general administrative tasks.

Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society, together with people from the community, organises the group, which is one of more than 400 of its kind in the UK offering information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by a macular condition.

Tom McInulty, Macular Society regional manager, said: The Cirencester Macular Support Group provides a real lifeline for people living locally with sight loss. The peer support offered by the groups is absolutely vital – it’s incredibly reassuring for people to know that there are others who truly understand their situation.

“With more than 200 people in the UK being diagnosed with macular disease every day, the existence of our support groups has never been more important. If you have some free time and would be willing to help out at our Cirencester group, we would love to hear from you.

“We will also be available to support our volunteers as they learn their new roles and provide any guidance they need going forward.”

The group will meet from 10am-12pm, at the Community Room, The Churn Neighbourhood Project, 14 The Waterloo, Cirencester.

They will then meet at the same time and venue on the second Friday of every month.

For more information contact Tom McInulty on 01264 321 963, 07814 064 332 or email tom.m@macularsociety.org