Leading national sight loss charity the Macular Society has appointed Marian Williams as its new regional manager for North Wales.
Marian, 44, joins the charity after more than 24 years with North Wales Society for the Blind and has extensive experience of the sight loss sector. She joined the charity as a receptionist and worked her way up to become a community engagement officer.
In her new role, Marian will be responsible for overseeing the Macular Society’s day-to-day operations across North Wales and strengthening its presence throughout the region.
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. It provides free information and support to improve lives and ensure no one has to face macular disease alone. There are more than 350 Macular Society support groups around the UK and beyond. The charity also funds research so that one day, macular disease can be cured.
Marian’s main responsibilities will include launching new peer support groups where they are most needed; helping existing groups attract new members and volunteers, and building relationships with key stakeholders, such as local blind societies, healthcare professionals, groups and organisations, and local authorities.
In her spare time, Marian enjoys walking and has a daughter, Sara, 15.
“I’ve spent almost my entire career working in the sight loss sector, so this new role is perfect for me and I can’t wait to get started.
“I love working with people. When someone is first diagnosed with sight loss, it has a huge impact on every aspect of their life. I’m passionate about supporting them through every stage of that journey and helping them regain the confidence and independence they may have lost as a result of their sight problems.”
Tessa Barrett, head of service delivery at the Macular Society, said:
“Marian’s skills and knowledge will help us immensely and we’re delighted to be welcoming her to the team.
“With increasing numbers of people being affected by macular disease, it has never been more important for us to raise awareness of the condition, what causes it, and the wide-ranging support that’s available to people living with different macular conditions.
“It’s also vital that we continue to finance macular research and encourage others in the sight loss sector to follow our lead. Thanks to the extensive studies which have already been conducted, we have a much greater understanding of the disease than ever before. We need to keep building on that knowledge and we’ll continue to do so until a cure for all macular conditions has been found.”
In Wales, the Macular Society has been able to establish and run new sight loss support groups and recruit volunteers across the country thanks to more than £340,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
For more information, call the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email [email protected]