PEOPLE with central vision loss will have the chance to try some user-friendly gadgets and technology designed to help make their day-to-day lives easier at the next County Durham Macular Support Group meeting.

The Macular Society, which runs the support group alongside local people, has invited technology experts from the RNIB to come along and demonstrate a range of helpful equipment such as smartphones, tablet computers, voice recognition devices and other aids, which make everyday tasks easier for people with sight loss.

The event takes place on Monday, April 23, from 1.15pm to 3pm, at Methodist Church Hall, 28 North Road, Durham DH1 4SG.

Julie Swan, Macular Society regional manager, said: “There is a wide range of technology currently available to help people with visual impairments. This event will give people the chance to see how these pieces of equipment work and find out which ones suit them best. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with sight loss, or you’ve had vision problems for a long time, there will be a piece of technology available which will suit your individual needs.”

The County Durham Macular Support Group meets at the same time and location on the fourth Monday of every month (excluding August and December).

For more information about the event or the group, call Julie Swan on 07904-315605 or email