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Visually Impaired Club reopens at Maxwell Park Community Centre in Borehamwood
A club that offers people with sight loss a chance to meet others will be reopening next week.
The Visually Impaired Club will restart next Friday at the Maxwell Park Community Centre in Borehamwood, after being closed over the summer holiday.
Launched in April, the club offers people with sight problems the chance to take part in activities varying from bingo and Scrabble to indoor bowls and table tennis.
Grandfather David Clout, who founded the club, said it provided members with a chance to socialise.
He added: “Those who come look forward to each Friday afternoon and some have asked when we are restarting as they are missing the club, missing the chance to meet with others.
“The activities enable a 20-year-old to play dominoes or skittles with a 90-year-old.”
Activities have adaptations for each group, such as large print cards for the partially sighted that also have raised Braille dots, allowing blind people to play as well.
Mr Clout, who also volunteers for the Borehamwood and Elstree Talking Newspaper, decided to launch the club after realising there were no social groups available for blind people in the area.
The club, which meets from 1.30pm until 4pm, already has ten members and the Radlett resident would like more people to take advantage of its services.
Mr Clout added: “During the early sessions numbers grew, but it is obvious that there are more people out in the community who could enjoy the club's activities.
“The initial barrier to coming along is the fear of a strange place; so potential members need a friend, neighbour or relative to bring them to the first meeting.
“Once there they will find how friendly the existing members and helpers are.
“They will also find how easy it is to find their way around the centre.”
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