Warwickshire Vision Support

Warwickshire Vision Support

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Causes

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  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Voluntary sector support

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

We are a local charity supporting over 3,000 people with sight loss across Warwickshire. Our mission is to help people to build and maintain independence and control over their lives, and to reduce the level of social isolation that they may experience. 

Our goal is to provide a holistic service that supports a person living with sight loss from the point of diagnosis, through a process of rehabilitation and skills development to the social and practical support that someone may need to live independently at home.

Living with sight loss can be very difficult-going out, keeping in touch with friends and family and managing everyday tasks can be challenging. By providing a friendly face and a listening ear, our volunteers improve the quality of life of many visually impaired people. We provide focal points for people to share ideas, learn new skills and support each other.

Activities

We provide practical, social and recreational services to visually impaired people ranging from Statutory Rehabilitation Services on behalf of the local authority through to our charitable network of Clubs, Vision Support Centres, Home Visitors and Advice Desks.

Our statutory rehabilitation services are provided by our professionally trained staff. Our charitable network is provided by about 300 volunteers supported by our paid community workers and administrative staff.

We have a network of Vision Support Centres in 7 towns that provide local access to advice and information, specialist equipment displays, IT Training, magnifier surgeries and a social network providing informal support.  These are supplemented by 12 social clubs with more than 220 regular members which provide opportunity for frail elderly visually impaired people to socialise.  Our Home Visitor Service supports about 100 people to live independently at home by providing support with correspondence and daily tasks.  Our My Guide scheme allocates volunteer sighted guides to give support outside the home.  Our Advice desks are situated in eye clinics at hospitals across the region.

 

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