A WOMAN who has been left partially-sighted from a progressive eye disorder has defied the odds and excelled in her art work after joining a group based at Frankley Library.
Jan Barker suffered with Drusems which took her vision in 2000 when she was just 25. Jan, who also suffers with arthritis and fibromyalgia, is registered blind and has had two guide dogs – Nem who sadly died in 2013, aged 14, and Vance, her current help, who is six.
They have enabled her to get out and about and enjoy hobbies, including walking, dining out, music and her art.
She joined the Frankley group a year ago, enabling her to express herself through painting.
Jan also made a sheep as part of a paper mache project the group worked on.
Lyn Sharp, who runs the group, said it had been a Godsend to her.
“Jan lacked confidence to go out and the librarians would drop her audio book to her house – they encouraged her to come to the Friday group and, since then, her confidence and self esteem has grown enormously.
“Jan has come on in leaps and bounds as people can see from her artwork.”
Anyone wanting more on the group, which a variety of people attend, should call Lyn on 07838 239115. Sessions take place at Frankley Library every Friday between 10am and 12.30pm.