Peer support groups 

We currently have a mixture of groups meeting face to face and/or via our telephone conference calling system. Either way its a wonderful way for people affected by macular disease to make friends and grow in confidence.

It’s a place to:

  • hear about local services and other ways the Macular Society can help
  • listen to interesting guest speakers
  • share experiences and tips on living with sight loss
  • understand your own macular disease better

Face to face support group in your local community 

We have groups meeting in local venues all across the UK. 

To search for your local group visit our local group page. Or contact your local regional manager detailed on our regions page or call our groups admin team on 01264 560 259.

Telephone support groups

We have various groups meeting over the telephone. Also, due to the pandemic, some of our face to face groups are opting to meet via our telephone conference calling system. In just an hour you’ll hear useful information, important updates and (most importantly) friendly voices. To find our more about these calls, also please contact the groups admin team on 01264 560 259.

Working Age and Young People’s (WA&YP) support 

Our groups are for anyone over the age of 18. Younger people and people of working age often like to come together and share peer support and hear about specific advice and information about welfare, benefits, employment and access to work. If you are looking for advice on any of these subjects please either contact groups admin to find out if a group is meeting in your local area, or visit our Working Age and Young People support page

Online condition-specific communities

Join an online community of people with the same type of macular disease as you. The society also has groups that are specific to particular types of macular disease. Online condition specific groups include:

  • Best disease group
  • Diabetic macular oedema group
  • Myopic macular degeneration group
  • Sorsby’s fundus dystrophy group
  • Punctate Inner Choroidopathy (PIC) group

For more information see our Online condition-specific communities page or contact Colin Daniels on

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Our local support groups are for people of working age and older, and provide information, support and friendship to people with macular disease and sight loss.

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We are proud to have staff based around the UK to give you localised support; including regional managers, peer support coordinators and a groups admin team based at our head office in Andover.

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