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Galloway’s Coronavirus update: What next after easing of lockdown restrictions?

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A sight loss appointment in Morecambe

UPDATED – April 20th. The nation is continuing to follow the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. We are now in step two, with more restrictions being eased. This began on April 12th. The next stage of the Government's roadmap is scheduled to be from May 17th.

We are incredibly proud of our work in providing support to blind and partially sighted people throughout the pandemic and we recognise it is vitally important we continue to provide that reassurance as restrictions ease.

As we continue to follow Government guidelines and monitor any changes, we are currently planning our own roadmap to increase our face to face activity when the time is right and when it is safe to do so.

Our centre in Howick, Penwortham, remains open for low vision assessments and sight loss advice, which have been arranged by appointment only.

We are pleased to announce that we will also be able to offer these face to face appointments at our Morecambe centre from May 17th. This coincides with us reopening our Brew Me Sunshine cafe, following the Government's date of allowing indoor hospitality to resume.

Due to the challenges Covid brings, we will not be opening our centres in Chorley and Southport until the end of September at the very earliest.

But this has given us an exciting opportunity to think about new ways to meet you in your local community. This means we can still continue our support and come to you, rather than you coming to us.

As restrictions have eased, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited walking group led by our walking expert to enable you to regain confidence following lockdown.

These walks will be in one of four areas; Preston, Chorley, Morecambe and Southport and will be limited to four people per session to comply with Covid regulations. Upcoming dates are: Monday April 19th, 26th, May 10th, 17th, 24th and June 7th.

Bookings will only be taken by contacting us on 01772 744148 and will be on a first come first served basis.

As always, your welfare is our priority and we will still continue our support, via telephone calls, group telephone activities and online Zoom sessions.

Our vital ECLO service at Preston, Chorley 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:

We will continue to monitor current Government guidance and will keep you informed by phone, email and social media.

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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