A NATIONAL charity for the visually impaired is trying to get a service up and running in Solihull.
The Macular Disease Society has been inundated with requests from borough residents wanting to learn eccentric viewing and steady eye skills - techniques which enable those affected by macular disease to make the most of their remaining sight.
But charity bosses say they need a lot more volunteers to come forward to meet the demand in Solihull.
Cleon Hutton, Macular Disease Society Re:vision Manager, said: We really want to be able to expand our ability to offer training in the Solihull area but desperately need more volunteers to come on board to help with the programme.
Becoming a trainer is a great opportunity for people to learn new skills and have the chance to make a real difference to visually impaired people in their community.
Macular disease affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. The condition can take the form of age-related macular degeneration or a juvenile macular dystrophy.
Trainer Gill Moseley, who suffers from the disease and benefits from the support of Action for the Blind at Solihull Library, said: I received the training to teach people eccentric viewing and steady eye fours years ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed providing the tuition and being involved in a worthwhile programme.
To become a volunteer call 0845 241 2041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.