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Galloway's Coronavirus update: Entering the New Year

Glen is wearing a face mask and plastic apron, sat in front of a laptop
Services Manager and ECLO Glen Sheader at the Eye Clinic at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Correct as of December 22nd 2021. Please note face to face activities are subject to change in line with any government announcements after Christmas.

As we continue to support blind and partially sighted people throughout the pandemic, we want to reassure you that we are doing everything that we can to keep our staff, volunteers and the people who use our services safe.

From January 4th, our centres in Howick, Penwortham, and Victoria Street, Morecambe, will be open for low vision assessments and sight loss advice, which are arranged by appointment only.

We ask that those attending, as well as staff, wear masks when indoors and take a LFT prior to coming. We will ensure that social distancing is adhered to and we will complete a full sanitisation regime on any equipment and surfaces used. We ask that if anyone is feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID 19 that they please don’t attend.

We have been running our Brew’s Up for a Chat coffee mornings twice a month at each of the four centres, which have proved immensely popular. We aim to continue those from January 10th, but please be aware this is subject to change in line with any government announcements. More details can be found here:

Our popular Brew Me Sunshine cafe in Morecambe remains open.

Following the recent changes, we will be continuing to work hard to keep our staff and customers safe and recommend staff and volunteers wear face coverings.

Our Talking Together online and telephone group activities are proving very popular where you can listen to some fantastic guest speakers from the comfort of your own home.

These will resume from January 10th.

As always, your welfare is our priority and we will still continue our support, with telephone calls, as well as our online and telephone-based Talking Together sessions, and our ongoing Get Active programme.

Our vital ECLO service at the new eye clinic at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Lancaster hospitals also continues.

We know there have been a lot of changes both within Galloway’s and in the wider world following the pandemic and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

And above all, we want you to know that we are still here for you.

You can call our Penwortham head office on 01772 744148 and you will be put through to one of our sight loss advisors.

You can also contact us online through our Facebook pages and groups.

You can also visit our dedicated Coronavirus page:

For a list of our virtual and telephone activities, click here:

If you would like to make a donation to support us during this difficult time, then please go to

Take care and please stay safe.

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