New service from the Macular Society

The charity’s new offering is designed to support working age and young people

Colin Daniels
Sight loss charity the Macular Society has established a new service that is dedicated to supporting young and working age people with macular disease.

The Working Age and Young People’s Service has been launched to offer support tailored specifically to the needs of this patient base and their families.

The service, which will be managed by Colin Daniels (pictured), will offer guidance on accessing work, benefits, welfare and housing. It will also expand its digital services to meet the needs of this age group.

It will help children and their parents through a monthly telephone support forum, with recourses for teachers and schools having also been developed.

To mark the launch of the new service, the Macular Society has opened a new Facebook group where working age and young people can go to for advice and support, as well as to share their experiences.

Manager of the Working Age and Young People’s Service, Mr Daniels, who has over 10 years’ experience working in the sight loss sector, said: “Helping to develop our services for working age and young people is something I’m extremely passionate about. I’ve experienced many of the challenges they regularly encounter myself, especially things like accessing benefits, employment opportunities and housing provisions.

He explained: “We see our younger and working age members playing a crucial role in shaping this service. We’ve had lots of useful feedback from many of them already, helping us to find out exactly what they need and expect from us.”