We run a range of regular groups which give people the chance to share ideas, learn new skills and make friends. New members are always welcome.


YBPSS member taking part in felting wool activity

Our groups are currently running either online or by telephone. The list changes frequently, depending on demand. Here are some of our typical activities – please call us to find out what’s currently on offer, or see the Events page for up-to-date details.

  • Knit ‘n’ natter: a great excuse to have a cuppa and set the world to rights while doing some knitting. Meets on the 2nd and  4th Tuesday of the month,10:00 – 12:00
  • Exercise: a seated exercise group running weekly on Thursdays 10:00 – 12:00
  • Board games: whether it be chess, dominoes or Monopoly, we have it covered at the games group. Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Discussion: a mixture of topics and exciting guest speakers. 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Book group: a great opportunity to discuss your reaction to titles new and old. All books are shared on Audio CD. Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 10.00-12.00
  • Boccia: a fun and exciting precision ball sport, similar to bowls or petanque.  The aim of the game is to throw leather balls – coloured red & blue – as close as possible to the white target ball (jack). Meeting fortnightly on a Friday from 10:00 – 11:30
  • Mobile Technology Support Group: for more information on this group click here
  • MySight Access Group: for anyone who is interested in local and national campaigns covering everything from road crossings and “A” boards to shared spaces.
  • Activity Planning Group: people with sight loss and staff come together to plan one-off activity workshops and trips out.
  • Esme’s Friends: a warm and welcoming support group for anyone who experiences visual hallucinations as a result of sight loss.
  • Socialeyes: a fun and friendly group for people to meet and participate in social events. Meeting third Monday of the month 11-12.30.


We also hold information sessions and courses, including:


  • Support with MySight, where you can ask questions and meet other people living with sight loss in a relaxed setting over a hot drink


  • Finding Your Feet courses: an opportunity to discuss the challenges of living with sight loss with people who understand. These courses are open to anyone including friends and family.


  • IT training sessions, both one-to-one and in small groups focusing on mobile technology


  • One-off workshops and visits by technology companies


  • Consultation meetings where you can have a say on local issues


MySight York Community Project

Would you like to join a group or do an activity you love near where you live in your own community? Our new project means we can now support you to do this. We currently have people going swimming, cycling and joining a line dancing group with the help of one of our volunteers. Contact Sally or Christian to discuss what you would like to do.