Clubs and activities
Have you ever thought about taking up dancing, bowling or even shooting? Why not join one of Cornwall’s VI clubs and give it a try.
At our affiliated clubs, you can take part in a range of activities in a safe and friendly environment, socialise and make new friends. If you don’t want to take up a new activity, there are plenty of social clubs to join instead. The club organisers arrange the transport, activities and venues and make sure members have the best possible experience.
Blind in Song (BLIS)
The BLIS Choir meet on a Tuesday evening once a fortnight at Mount Hawke Church Hall with members from across Cornwall including St Austell and Penzance. The choir has a large repertoire of over 100 songs and they perform concerts throughout the year. Large print song sheets are available each week for those that can use them.
Bude Social Club
One Tuesday a month, the Bude Social Club meet up for lunch. The venue can be different each time but a minibus is provided on the days they go further afield, and if lunch is at a garden centre there is often the time for a spot of shopping afterwards. Many of the venues provide club members with a meal deal of £10 for a two-course meal and tea or coffee.
Bugle Blues, Bowling Club
Every Thursday morning the Bugle Blues meet at Goonbarrow Bowling Club in St Austell. During the summer they play outside on the six rink grass green and during the winter they move into the heated clubhouse to play short mat bowls. There are friendly competitions between members to take part in if you want to, or you can just go along to have a practice and meet with friends. There are also friendly matches against other sighted clubs.
“I lived with a visual impairment all my life and before joining the club about 15 years ago I would never go anywhere without my family. Now I’m a new woman! My confidence has grown, I go out and about on the train with my guide dog, I’ve taken part in competitions all over the country and I’ve recently become the club organiser.” Pauline
BUGS (Blind Using Guided Sights) Shooting Club
This club attracts a broad age range of people who go along to St Austell Rifle Club every Wednesday afternoon. Most members shoot with rifles but you can choose a pistol if you prefer. The target is brightly lit and the ‘sight’ on top of the gun picks up this light and emits a pitch, which increases the closer you are to lining up with the target. Members of the club enter national competitions each year but you don’t have to be good at shooting to join, everyone is welcome to give it a go.
Dance Club, Par
Running for over 20 years, the club takes place on Monday evenings between 7:00-9:30pm twice a month at Par Methodist Church. Dance instructors teach ballroom as well as line dancing and barn dancing. Members enjoy the social side of meeting at the club as well the dancing.
Dance Club, Townshend
You don’t have to be a good dancer to join. Members meet up once a fortnight on Wednesday evenings between 7:00-9:30pm in Townshend Village Hall. A minibus provided by Age UK picks up members in the surrounding areas of Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool. You can learn ballroom and sequence dancing or just sit back enjoy the music.
You don’t need to have your own guitar, you don’t even need to be able to play but if you want to meet up with other visually impaired musicians to practise or learn. The Guitar Club meets once a fortnight on a Monday lunchtime in Ponsanooth Hall.
“It’s a good laugh and you can learn with no pressure.” Member
Gweek Visually Impaired Social Club
Gweek Visually Impaired Club has been running for over 20 years and is going from strength to strength. Every Tuesday, members and volunteers meet at Gweek Village Hall for indoor bowls and lunch. It is the highlight of the week for many club members.
Launceston Social Club
Members meet on Tuesday lunchtimes twice a month, at different venues each time. It’s a social club for people who love to meet up with their friends.
Ludgvan Bowling Club
The club meets every Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm, at Ludgvan Community Centre. Members play carpet bowls in teams and have a break halfway through for tea and biscuits. No previous experience is needed as guidance is given. Anyone interested is welcome to attend for one or two taster sessions to see whether they would like to join.
Saltash BAPS (Blind & Partially Sighted) Social Club
This popular club has been running for around 50 years and still has a strong membership. Meeting on Tuesday afternoons once a fortnight members can enjoy the entertainment, often speakers or musicians, as well as tea and cake. The club minibus picks up members living in Saltash whilst volunteer drivers cover the Looe, Polperro, Liskeard and Menheniot areas. The club organiser is an active fundraiser which means members are treated to Christmas dinner as well as trips out during the year.
Truro Lunch Club
Members meet for a few hours one Tuesday each month to socialise over lunch. The venues vary from pubs to garden centres and wherever possible the club organiser will arrange a lunch deal with the venue to keep the costs as low as possible. Depending on the venue, lunch could be followed by a look around a garden centre as well as a bit of shopping.
Become an iSightCornwall member
In order to join one of our affiliated clubs, you will need to become an iSightCornwall member. This is so that you are covered by our insurance whilst you are at the club. Membership costs just £15 a year and you will also receive discounts in our Resource Centre Shop and Online Shop, discounts on our car scheme, personal invitations to community drop-in events and much more.
Apply to be a member online or call 01872 261110.
We understand that transport can be a barrier for visually impaired people who want to get out and about in their local community. So we provide grants to each of our affiliated clubs to help cover the cost of transport for their members.
Affiliated club agreement
iSightCornwall understands the importance of maintaining an active social life, hobbies and interests to avoid feeling isolated and to stay independent. iSightCornwall supports 14 visually impaired clubs and groups across the county.
Affiliated Clubs operate independently and managed by volunteers who organise activities, outings, and entertainment and provide a friendly and caring environment for their members.
Other clubs which are not affiliated with iSightCornwall include:
Active Blind Leisure (ABLe) 01326 313413
Cornwall Association of Blind Shooting Club (CABS), Helston
Hayle Social Club
Young at Heart Social Club (Hayle)
Macular Disease Support Groups
There are also various Macular Disease Support Groups across the county. (link opens in a new window).