Floods misery ends for Garstang group for the blind

Garstang Sports Club's flooded kitchen
Garstang Sports Club's flooded kitchen

A group for the blind has finally been able to move back into its home following the devastation of the floods.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind is back in Garstang Sports and Social Club thanks to the club’s members’ tireless work to get it back on its feet.

The society holds its fortnightly meeting in the club but have been without a home since early December when Storm Desmond devastated the area.

Lorna Musgrave, organiser of the group said: “After a very prolonged Christmas holiday due to the flooding we are now back at the Garstang Sports and Social club and enjoying being in our newly decorated venue. All our members said how much they had missed meeting their friends and we now look forward with anticipation to welcoming our speakers and entertainers over the coming months.”

The club is undergoing a £60,000 makeover after The changing rooms, clubhouse and pitches were flooded and destroyed in the floods.

And the society are reaping the benefits and Lorna says the group is glad to be back.

She said: “I think I speak for all our members when I say we are all so glad to be back at our Wednesday afternoon meetings, after a long absence due to the recent floods. We enjoy the social get together, the variety of entertainers and a natter over a cup of tea and biscuits. As many of our members live on their own this is an afternoon we all look forward to.”

Galloway’s Garstang Social Group provides the opportunity for people living with sight loss to meet other people living with similar conditions within the local community. Statistics show that being visually impaired can sometimes cause low confidence and therefore getting out and about and socialising with others can create feelings of anxiety.

Nia Coleman, Vision Services Coordinator for Galloway’s said: “Galloway’s is passionate about reducing the negative effects sight loss can have upon an individual’s life and social inclusion is key to this. Those who attend our social group, led by a wonderful team of volunteers, meet new people and listen to a whole host of different speakers in a friendly environment. If you live with sight loss, please get in touch. Carers and spouses are also welcome to attend.”