Helping Hands for the Blind provide a range of activities available to visually impaired people in Basingstoke.
These enable visually impaired people to take part in activities in a safe, secure and friendly environment allowing them to achieve a higher level of independence and hopefully make new friends.
Some of these groups are organised by visually impaired people, we are always looking to develop additional activities and welcome suggestions for new groups.
As well as insuring that the day to day lives of our visually impaired people are improved, we also work hard to insure that people continue to have a good social life, keep involved in the community, and maintain a healthy body and mind.
Coming to terms with having a sight problem can be tough and dealing with the emotional and practical impact of changes to your sight can be overwhelming. Talking to people who have gone through, or are going through similar experiences can be a great comfort.
That is why helping Hands for the Blind organises, or has involvement with lots of social outings and events throughout the year.
Being around people who refuse to let sight loss stop them enjoying a busy social life can be an inspiration for everyone and just the encouragement some people need.
Many of our activities are run by visually impaired people, so they know firsthand the difficulties and fears that new members may face.
We want visually impaired people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities for improving physical health and self esteem.
With some modest adaptations of rules and equipment, many sports are still accessible and widely played. Whether it is taking part in a leisure activity, being a spectator, or just getting away from it all, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy.
Social activities are also a great opportunity for careers too.
In some circumstances we can provide transport but due to our funding needs, this is not always possible.
If you would like to take part in an event or activity but are having difficulty getting there,please contact us and we will try our best to organise something for you.

Social coffee groups.

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If you like to meet other people in a safe and comfortable place, why not try one of our coffee mornings. Every Monday and Thursday [ Except Bank Holidays].
For more information, please click here to contact us.

Crafty Hands.

Our Crafty Hands group meets at different times during the year, We have special themed crafts for Easter and Christmas so come along and join in the fun.
It is a chance to learn new skills and catch up with friends.
We have a go at everything from Personalised Cards, Mosaic Coasters and handmade Jewellery.
Volunteers are on hand to help you with your creations and you get to take home what you have made.
For more information and confirmed dates, please click here to contact us.

Blind 10 Pin Bowling.

We meet every other Friday at Hollywood bowl in The Basingstoke Leisure park. We play one or two games of ten pin bowling, 10.30am start.
For dates and more information, click here

Helping Hands Diners Club.

Great Social group held once a month, either lunchtime or evening dinner.
great food, and great company.
For dates and more information, click here

Trips and Outings.

Enjoy a walk by the canal, or a visit to a garden centre.
For more information, please click here to contact us.

Quiz nights.

Energize that grey matter and socialize. Various dates during the year.
For dates and information, please click here to contact us.

Family Skittle nights.

Another popular social event, bring friends, children and family.
Various dates during the year.
For dates and more information, please click here to contact us.

Other clubs.

Helping Hands for the Blind acts as a link to other community clubs for visually impaired people that are located across the Basingstoke area.
For more information, please contact the clubs direct below.

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Open sight.
Type of group: Social/Craft Club .
When: Every other Thursday in the month.
Where: Kempshott Village Hall, Pack Lane, Basingstoke, RG22 5HN.
Times: 1pm to 4pm.
click here to go to the groups website

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macular society.
Type of group: Basingstoke Support Group.
When: Monthly 1st Thursday.
Where: St. Michaels Church Cottage, Church Square, BASINGSTOKE, RG21 7QW.
Times: 10am – 12 noon.
click here to go to the groups website

LMS UK. Friends and Family Hampshire.
Type of group: Online group.
A fantastic group for visually impaired people and their friends and family in the Hampshire area all connecting together for support with sight loss, gatherings and activities. Please join and keep sharing.
click here to go to the groups facebook page