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We’re with you every step 

Adjusting to and living with a vision condition can be challenging. Looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing is important, and you never have to do it alone. Connect with others who share similar experiences in our Quality Living Groups. 

Quality Living Groups

Our emotional support groups are confidential, safe and supportive. You can discuss the issues relating to your vision loss. 

Led by experienced coordinators, they provide useful knowledge on how to function in the world with blindness or low vision. They offer tips on: 

  • Adjusting things at home. 
  • Building the confidence to move around your neighbourhood. 
  • Advice on maintaining friendships. 
  • Understanding easy-to-use technology that can help you do the things you love. 

How it can help 

Learning to live with your vision condition can be an empowering experience. Connecting with those who have lived through a similar experience is a good first step in regaining your confidence and living life on your terms. 

Register your interest in Quality living groups

If you’ve been diagnosed with an eye condition and are searching for a safe and supportive place to chat about what you’re going through with others in a similar situation, register today. 

Peer Support Groups

The Peer Support Program provides one-on-one telephone support to people who request to talk to someone who is blind or has low vision about coping with vision loss.

The service is available for people across all life stages, including parents and carers who would like to speak to other parents and carers. You would be matched to a trained volunteer with similar characteristics.

The person you speak to may:

  • Have a similar eye condition or level of vision loss.
  • Be of a similar age.
  • Have similar family circumstances (e.g. the client and the Peer may both have children).
  • Have experience in study or starting a new job.
  • Have a common interest or recreational activity with the client.

How it can help

A personal connection with someone who can relate to what you’re experiencing can help you feel understood and guide you on your journey with vision loss.

Explore stories from our groups

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“The Quality Living Group helped me to start to come to terms with my vision loss.” 

— Marilyn, Vision Australia client

How Marilyn moved forward

Real stories

“It was a shock to wake up with no vision. I was in hospital for about two months while I had tests to find out what happened,” Marilyn explained. “Now, I can see shadows and a little bit of movement.”

Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, Marilyn contacted Vision Australia and joined an eight week Quality Living Group program, which provides peer support to people dealing with vision loss.

“The Quality Living Group helped me to start to come to terms with my vision loss,” said Marilyn.

Read Marilyn’s story

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Frequently asked questions

Our clients have told us they have gained many things from the support they received via our groups including the confidence to take on new challenges, learning new ways to complete everyday tasks and developing a social support network.

Vision Australia have a range of general support and specific interest groups available. Each group requires a commitment of just a few hours each week. Call us on 1300 84 74 66 to find out more. 

Services from Vision Australia do incur a fee. There are several ways you can fund the support, services and products you need including My Aged Care and Home Care Packages. We can support you with your funding application. Please contact us on 1300 84 74 66 to discuss your funding options.