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Peer Support Programs

It's not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of sight. There will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you're struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of sight loss, we're here for you. Peer Support groups give you the opportunity to connect with others who are living with sight loss.

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Coffee-Talks

Weekly call-in social group. Each session will have a topic of discussion that changes each week, topics range.This program is designed for those 19+. This group runs via Zoom web conference every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Parent Forum

Come join us to hear the Manitoba Youth Council host presentations and discussions on different topics for parents. This group meets via Zoom conference on the last Monday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Care Providers Virtual Café

The goal of this new support group is to build a community of support and facilitate an opportunity for connection among spouses, parents, children and other care providers for individuals with sight loss. This informal support group will meet once a month and will cover a different discussion topic each month based on priorities identified by the group. This group meets via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of every month beginning April 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group

This is a safe and supportive place for guide dog handlers from across the country to get together and chat. Share the joys and challenges of being a guide dog handler as well as tips to keep our guide dogs happy and engaged. This group runs via Zoom web conference on Friday, March 5 & 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Guide Dog Peer Group (Ontario)

Join other guide dog handlers to talk about social/advocacy issues. This group meets via teleconference biweekly on Wednesday, March 3,17 & 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Call-in information will be given upon registration. 
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Manitoba Virtual Coffee Group

Join us every Friday for a virtual meet up in the prairies with a friendly bunch of people looking to connect with others across the country! This group meets via teleconference every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Bible Study Group

Join other blind and partially sighted individuals for a discussion of the Bible. Make new friends, or deepen existing friendships, find support from your peers and develop more theological insight and biblical understanding. This group meets via teleconference every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Coffee & Chat

If you are a morning person, join in on CNIB’s weekly coffee chat group that occurs every Tuesday morning. This is a warm and welcoming group that has been getting together for quite some time. New people are always welcome. We chat about everyday life and get to know each other in the meantime. This group runs via Zoom web conference every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Atlantic Time. Call in information will be given upon registration
A woman's hands firmly grip a piping hot cup of coffee.

Coffee-Talks

Weekly call-in social group. Each session will have a topic of discussion that changes each week, topics range. This program is designed for those 19+. This group runs via Zoom web conference every Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
A group of five people sit in a circle and engage in lively conversation.

Parenting With Sight Loss Group

A support group for blind/partially sighted parents.  From infancy to adulthood - blind mothers and fathers can learn, explore, and share their triumphs, challenges, tips and stories among peers in a supportive environment. The group meets twice monthly in order to accommodate busy schedules. This group runs via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. and the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m. Call in information will be given upon registration.