Clubs and Societies

For many people with a newly diagnosed sight impairment, one of the many challenges to face is the impact of their impairment on their social life. However, there are still things you can do or join in with, whether you just wish to meet people for company or you wish to do something more active. We run or are affliliated to a number of clubs and societies within the Middlesex Region but there are a range of clubs and societies across the London region offering opportunities to try out new activities, so why not give them a call. It’s never too late to try something new – you might even discover a new interest or hobby.
 

Barnet Directory

Fellowship

  • Barnet Torch Fellowship Group is a local Christian support group for visually impaired people. Regular meetings are held every third Saturday at 3pm at the Valley Centre, 38 Homefield, Dollis Valley Way, Barnet, EN5 2UJ. Please contact the Group to confirm attendance and details on 020 8441 3440.

Social

  • Barnet Borough Sight Impaired. A social gathering which meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Hendon Lane, N3 1TS. (Note: in January, the meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month.) Tel: 020 8200 5462 or email barnetbsi@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

Sport and Outdoors

  • Barnet Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls Club meet on Tuesday and Friday afternoons throughout the year. Transport can be provided for those in the Barnet area. Tel: 020 8906 1325 between 1.45-5.00pm, Monday-Saturday or email at millhillbc@gmail.com.
  • Burnt Oak Leisure Centre provides gym exercise classes for visually impaired people. Telephone: 020 8201 0982.

 
Brent Directory

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Ealing Directory

Sport and Outdoors

  • Ealing Tricycle club. The tricycle club normally meets once a month at the Café in Gunnersbury Park. Meetings also regularly take place at Kew Gardens. Please call Karen on 07387 101 631 for dates and times.

Technology

  • Ealing I.T. Club meets on the third Monday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm at the William Hobbayne Centre (new annexe), Lower Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2HB. This is a small, informal group (ranging from complete novices to knowledgeable in terms of IT). Call Karen on 07387 101 631 for details.

 
Enfield Directory

Arts and crafts

  • Handicraft Class for the Blind meets every Wednesday between 1.30pm-3.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall, Totteridge Road, Freezywater, Enfield, EN3 6NF. Activities include cane-work and needlecraft. Tea and biscuits are provided. Transport is provided by the Council. Telephone Mrs S Chapman on 07535 624915 for further details.

Performance

  • Edmonton Dancing Club for the Blind meets every second Tuesday from 7.45pm-9.45pm at All Saints Church, All Saints Close, Edmonton, N9 9AI. For more information telephone 020 8423 5141.

Social

  • Geranium Club for the Blind meets at Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield, EN2 6TG providing social activities for blind and partially sighted people aged over 70 and living in Enfield. Activities includes various entertainment, talks, outings, trips to the seaside, boat trips and afternoon tea. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1.30-3.30pm. Members pay £15 per quarter. Transport is provided. For further details, call Sylvia Chapman on 07535 624915.
  • Merrion Club for the Visually Impaired meets on alternate Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Rose Taylor Day Centre, The Sunny Road, Enfield, EN3 5EF. The club offers a very friendly and welcoming environment. They provide a varied programme of events including various entertainment, talks, outings, boat trips and trips to the seaside. Currently, there are approximately thirty five members aged seventy plus. There is a subscription charge of £15 per quarter.

Sport and Outdoors

  • Enfield Visually Impaired Bowls Club meets every Thursday at 2pm at Bush Hill Parks Bowls Club, Abbey Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 2QP throughout the summer. The club plays a specially adapted game of bowls for blind and partially sighted people and plays friendly games with other clubs and takes part in some tournaments. Membership is free and beginners are welcome. Limited transport is available. During the winter months the club meets at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre. Telephone 020 8805 3071 or visit the Enfield Vision website for further details.

 
Haringey Directory

Classes

Social

  • Venture Club for the Blind. St. Ann’s Library Hall, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, N15 5PU. The Venture Club is a social club that organises activities, parties, games, raffles and excursions. Transport to and from your home can be provided if necessary. Membership is £5 per annum. For more information please contact Michael on 020 8801 0924. The club meets every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

 
Harrow Directory

Social

  • Harrow Blind Social Club. Group meets for general discussions, quizzes, music, talks and occasional outings. Held at Marsh Road Community Hall, Marsh Road, Pinner HA5 5NA. Meets every Tuesday, 1pm-3pm. For further details, telephone 020 8423 5141.
  • OpenEyes. Informal group for people of working age to meet up, share experiences, get to know each other over a cup of tea and set up activities to participate in. Meeting at Wealdstone Library, The Wealdstone Centre, 38-40 High Street, Wealdstone, HA3 7AE. Held fortnightly on Monday’s from 11.00am-1.00 pm. Telephone 07387 101 633 for further details.

Sport and Outdoors

  • London Blind Rambling Club. Affiliated to the Ramblers Association, the Club arranges about 24 walks per year, mostly in the Home Counties. Each walk is led by the local Ramblers Association group and one-to-one guiding is provided if necessary. Walks are typically 6-8 miles long, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Guide dogs are also welcome. Telephone 020 8868 0096 or visit their Facebook page for further details.

 
Hillingdon Directory

Classes

  • Pottery classes. These classes are held every Wednesday throughout term-time between 11.15am-2.15 pm at Harlington Adult Education Centre, Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 1PB. Transport is provided to the centre. There is an annual subscription of £60. Please contact Colin Hoppe on 01895 446741 for further details.

Fellowship

  • Ruislip Blind Fellowship Club meet fortnightly on Saturdays between 3pm-5pm at The Bungalow, 20 Bridle Rd, Eastcote, HA5 2SJ. Contact Gwen Swannell on 01895 833258 for further details.

Reading

  • VIP Audio Book Group. The group meets to discuss a wide range of audio books, fiction and non-fiction. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month between 10.30-12.00 at Uxbridge Library, 13-14 High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1HD. Refreshments are provided. Transport is not provided. The library also offers a wide-range of additional audio services for the blind and partially sighted including a postal service for talking books and downloadable books. Contact Joanne Wray on 01895 277798 for details.

Social

  • Amigos. This group organises speakers and outings when possible. The group meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.30-12.30 at Christchurch, Redford Way, Uxbridge. Refreshments are provided. Transport to and from the venue is not provided. There is an annual subscription of £3.00. Contact Christina on 01895 677697 for more details.
  • Hayes and Harlington Social Club for the Blind host a range of activities including music, speakers, specially adapted bingo, quizzes and social afternoons. The club meet on alternate Monday afternoons from 2pm-4pm at Barnhill Community Centre, Ayles Rd, Hayes, UB4 9HG. Transport is provided through the council, collecting members from their homes (cost £1.50 per meeting). There is an annual subscription of £7.00 a year. Please contact Maureen Cox on 020 8848 4284 for further details.
  • Pelican Club is a social group for blind and partially sighted people who live around Cowley, Yiewsley and West Drayton. Its activities include raffles, quizzes, bingo, music, speakers, entertainers and small outings. The club meetings are from 2pm-4pm on the fourth Thursday of each month (except August and December) at Southlands Art Centre, The Green, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 7PW. Transport is provided by Hillingdon Community transport who will pick up and return members to their homes. Contact David or Janet Ross on 01895 442388 for further information.
  • Phoenix Blind Club meet for socialising, talks and entertainment for people living around Ruislip, Northwood, Ickenham and Eastcote. The club meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm-3.30pm at the 4th Ruislip Scout Headquarters, New Pond Parade, West End Road, Ruislip. Door-to-door transport is provided. There is an annual charge of £2.00 and a charge of £2.00 per monthly meeting. Contact: Ian Shellard on 01895 6754498 for details.
  • Uxbridge and District Social Club for the Blind offer a range of activities including music, speakers, specially adapted bingo, quizzes and social afternoons. The club meets from 2.30pm-4.30 pm on the first Thursdau of the month at Bailey Hall, Redford Way, Uxbridge, Middlesex. Local council transport can collect members from their homes (cost £1.00 per meeting). There is an annual subscription of £7.00 per year. Contact Maureen Cox on 020 8848 4284 for further details.
  • VIP Women’s Group. Originally set up for younger active visually impaired women, this group spends many meetings visiting theatres, museums, on canal and boat trips, picnicking, walking and annual cream teas. During the winter the group have a wide variety of speakers. The group now welcomes active members of all ages. Group meetings are held at Room 7 at Christchurch, Uxbridge on the second Tuesday of the month between 10.30am-12.30pm. There is an annual subscription of £5.00 per year and a charge of £3.00 per meeting. Contact: Christina on 01895 677697 for further information.

Sport and Outdoors

  • Hillingdon Blind Bowlers play short mat bowls all year at the Battle of Britain Club at RAF Uxbridge and lawn bowls during the spring and summer months at Pinkwell Park, Hayes. At each meeting there is socialising with old and new friends. Occasionally there are social outings and each year a subsidised Bowls Tour Holiday is organised. The club meet between 12pm-2pm on the second and last Friday of every month. Transport is not provided. Contact: Val Lewis on 020 8573 4726 for further details.

Support Groups

  • Uxbridge Macular Support Group meets on the third Friday of each month from 1.30pm-3.30pm at Uxbridge Library, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1HD. The meetings are open to anyone affected by central vision loss. Carers are welcome too. Contact: Stella Black on 01306 644908 for further details.

 
Hounslow Directory

Social

  • Hounslow Blind Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 2pm-4pm at St Bridget’s Church, Memorial Square, 112 Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 6DL. Contact Margaret Krowicki on 020 8572 3164 for further details.
  • Hounslow VIP Club meets on the first Thursday of the month from 1.00pm-3.00pm at the Age UK centre in Montague Hall, Montague Road, Hounslow, TW3 1LD. There is a £3.00 admission charge and an additional charge of £4.00 for lunch and refreshments. For further details, please contact Sahib on 07941 165 531.

 
Richmond Directory

Social

  • VISOR offer a range of social activities to blind & V.I people across and around Richmond Borough. For further details call their office open from 10am-49m on Mondays on 020 8487 5301 or visit their office at Sheen Lane Centre, 74 Sheen Lane, London, SW14 8LP.

 
London-wide Directory

Performance

  • Extant is the first arts production company in the UK, managed by blind arts professionals who seek to promote the arts and culture of blind artists. They are based at The White House, Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW. To contact them, telephone 020 7820 3737 or email them at info@extant.org.uk.
  • Graeae Theatre Company is a disabled-led theatre company that profiles the skills of actors, writers and directors with physical and sensory impairments. The artistic approach creates aesthetically accessible productions that include a disabled and non-disabled audience. Access by rail and tube. They are located at Bradbury Studios, 138 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DY. Contact them on 020 7613 6900 or by email at info@graeae.org.
  • Chickenshed is a theatre company who work using an inclusive creative process which means everyone is welcome, and everyone is valued. Not many places are for everyone and anyone – so a lot of people who find themselves unwelcome elsewhere in the world, come to them. They are based at Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE and can be contacted on 020 8351 6161 or email at info@chickenshed.org.uk.

Sport and Outdoors

  • Metro Blind Sport offers a wide-range of sporting activities across the London region. For further details about activities and events visit their website at www.metroblindsport.org.
  • London Sports Club for the Blind have a range of activities including rowing, swimming and ten-pin bowling as well as organising annual activity holidays. Visit their website at www.londonsportsclubfortheblind.org.uk for contact details and further information.
  • London Blind Rambling Club. Affiliated to the Ramblers Association, the Club arranges about 24 walks per year, mostly in the Home Counties. Each walk is led by the local Ramblers Association group and one-to-one guiding is provided if necessary. Walks are typically 6-8 miles long, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Guide dogs are also welcome. Telephone 020 8868 0096 or visit their Facebook page for further details.

 
If you would like your club included on this site please send us details of the club, it’s location, activities, any transport arrangements and contact details and we will look to add it to the list. Please visit our Contact Us page for details of how to contact us.