I am worried about becoming isolated, what can I do?

The Mental Health Foundation has produced an online factsheet on maintaining Mental Wellbeing during coronavirus (Covid-19). It addresses quite a few issues such as maintaining contact with friends and family and coping with self-isolation. You can find this on their website.

The Braillist Foundation have weekly conference calls to minimise the impact of social isolation and work out practical support they can provide. The conference calls are on Fridays to enable people with concerns or questions, to share advice and support. Visit their website for more information.

RNIB's Talk and Support service, part of their Sight Loss Advice Service, are accepting referrals for their national befriending phone service. The groups are designed to bring people together affected by sight loss for peer support. For more information, call RNIB on 0303 123 99 99.

Our Sightline Directory also has details of local and national organisations, including Macular Society groups and befriending groups such as Sightline that may be able to assist during this time. You can find an organisation near you by entering your postcode and search words.

There may be a few local societies that have set up WhatsApp groups in the area. Speak with your local society to see if this is available near you.

For information on “Five ways to look after your mental health”, visit RNIB's website.

For information on keeping active and doing exercise whilst at home, visit British Blind Sport's website.

The list is closed to new registrations for the moment, as most of England have been advised that they will no longer need to shield from the 1 August. Further guidance on the support still available to you can be found on the GOV.UK shielding guidance web page.

If you live in an area that currently has local restrictions you should contact your local council for support.

If you live in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales further information can be found on the following links:

RNIB can also provide further advice, information and support during this time, please call our Sight Loss Advice Service for more details on 0303 123 99 99. Further information can also be found on the gov.uk coronavirus web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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