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Staff, members and Chair of Trustees outside new premises in Malton

Our aims

Sight Support Ryedale aims to positively affect the lives of partially sighted and blind people in Ryedale by enabling them to take part in activities which sighted people may take for granted, to provide opportunities for friendship and peer support, to offer information and resources, and to represent their views.

Latest news

NEW FACILITY AT OUR LOCAL CINEMAAn Audio Description service can now be enjoyed at the Palace Cinema in Malton. The facility is so far available in Screen 1, in selected seats, so do telephone the cinema to check that it's available for the film you wish to go to. 01653 698899.

About Us

Welcome to Sight Support Ryedale
We are an independent charity offering support to anyone in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire who has a serious sight problem.  We make available a network of support, activities and friendship to help counter the social, emotional and practical problems that living with sight loss can bring. We have a thriving and active membership, supported by over 30 volunteers.

The charity has been helping people with visual impairment since 1994, and now provides a wide range of support and activities, including fortnightly social groups, information and advice, excursions, an annual escorted holiday, walking group, Yoga sessions, book group, computer training, and supply or loan of aids and equipment.
We aim for high user-involvement in the running of our charity, with members and volunteers playing a vital and much-appreciated role on our management committees.

Optimeyes – our new service

Big Lottery FundThis is a unique initiative funded by the Big Lottery and is a collaborative project involving RNIB, together with five other local sight loss charities mainly throughout Yorkshire. Over the two years of the project, Optimeyes will be using innovative approaches to ensure that people living in Ryedale who are over 50 become more conscious of seeking advice on caring for their eyesight. We work closely with a range of local health and community services in a joint approach to ensure that early help, advice and support is provided to older people whose vision might be at risk.

Our service is free and confidential so if you are experiencing some sight problems, or noticed some loss of vision, please get in touch. One of our friendly and professional staff will be happy to call on you to provide help and advice, and to arrange appropriate assistance should you require it.

If your eyesight seems fine but you haven't had an eye check-up in the last 2 years (1 year if you are over 70) we strongly recommend that you see an optician so that any potential problems can be picked up at an early stage so that your eyesight continues to remain healthy.

Our users say:

  • "As you lose your sight, you find that you can't do many of the things that you used to enjoy. Sight Support Ryedale has helped me back into the mainstream of life, and makes me feel that there is still life even after sight loss."
  • "Losing your sight can be a lonely and depressing thing. My In-Touch group gives me a community of friends who understand."
If your sight is too poor to be corrected by normal glasses, why not join us?
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