Vision Care for Homeless People

Vision Care for Homeless People

At a glance


  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain
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“Vision Care for Homeless People” is a charity set-up to provide eye care services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.

The majority of homeless and vulnerable people are not in receipt of financial benefits, so are not eligible for an NHS eye examination and voucher towards their spectacles. For the few that are, not many practices will make spectacles totally free of charge, and even a small charge may be unmanageable. We provide a fully comprehensive high quality service totally free of charge even to the remaining majority of homeless people who do not receive benefits.

We aim to preserve, protect and promote the ocular health of homeless and vulnerable people in the UK who are unwilling or unable to access mainstream services available through the NHS. We include screening of ocular health and the provision of spectacles, that meets the immediate visual needs of our beneficiaries.


VCHP first started a clinic at Crisis Skylight in London and obtained charity status in February 2007. Still working closely with Crisis, we have expanded to six clinics – three in London, and one each in Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton. We have carried out over 7,000 eye examinations and dispensed thousands of pairs of glasses. We have ambitions to expand to all major UK cities.

We pride ourselves on being a very lean charity with most of the spectacles, lenses, glazing and diagnostic technology donated by the optical industry. Funding from the NHS comes in the form of payments for some eye examinations and prescribing, but due to the lifestyle of many of our users, they may not qualify for this state help.

Many of our optometrists, dispensing opticians and assistants volunteer their time. Our volunteer trustees are extremely dedicated and engaged with the work of the charity.

We engage with optometry students, giving them opportunities to experience our work, work as Ambassadors for the charity and organise fundraising events.

Current opportunities

London (Central), E1 6LT

We are looking for a group of people to oversee the running of eye care services for homeless and vulnerable people in 3 London day centres. What...

London (East), E1 6LT

We are looking to put together a lead team in a range of roles to assist in the setup and running of our new East London clinic. Ideally this will...

Branch Lead Team Member. You do not need to be optically trained for this role. Our Branch Clinics are located in homeless day centres and run one...

You do not need opticians experience for this role. After training you will run an opticians for homeless people Tuesdays afternoons. Supervising...

Previous placements

  • Trusts Fundraising Manager
  • Volunteer recruitment manager
  • Funder Relationship Manager
  • Quick Books Expert
  • Funder Relationship Manager
  • Trusts Fundraising Manager
  • Chair of Branch Leadership Team - Spitalfields
  • Chair of Branch Leadership Team - Marylebone
  • Chair of Branch Leadership Team - Shepherd's Bush
  • Brighton Branch Ambassador
  • Member of Branch Lead Team - Exeter
  • Fundraiser Trustee
  • Systems and Governance Trustee
  • Lead team member - London clinics