Despite the devastation caused by sight loss, 70% of adults receive no support within the first 12 months of diagnosis, and are likely to encounter poor education, high unemployment, depression, loneliness and financial insecurity throughout their lifetime.
The rise in the UK’s elderly population continues to impact social care. With shortages in funding, local authorities have prioritised the services they provide, leaving the third sector under great pressure to plug gaps.
Childhood sight loss is on the increase. There are around 35,000 children and young people living with a vision impairment in the UK. Some 80% of a child’s learning takes place using vision, and every day they go without support can affect their development.
We offer a range of services, from education support to sighted guiding. Our purpose is to provide life-changing services for the independence of people living with sight loss and their friends and family.
We listen to and work with others, and we are inclusive in everything we do. We share our expertise and experience with anyone who can benefit from it and always seek to learn from others.
We are positive and passionate about our lift-changing work. We will challenge everything that prevents people with sight loss living full and rewarding lives.
We strive continuously to improve the services we provide. We will never stop innovating. The only way we can change the world for even more people with sight loss is by embracing new technologies and new ways of working.