Many of us know of the difficulties posed by issues with sight. A Wiltshire-based charity, Wiltshire Sight, will be able to continue its work with financial support in the form of a recently-awarded grant of £750 from Trowbridge Town Council.
Karen Monk, in charge of fundraising for the charity, said “Wiltshire Sight provides those living with sight loss in Wiltshire with access to appropriate local support services. Sight loss can have devastating consequences. It can restrict social interaction, cause isolation, remove a person’s independence and lead to low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and depression.
“Wiltshire Sight exists to ensure that individuals living with sight loss are fully supported to live their lives independently and to the full. We have adjusted our services due to the current crisis including creating a safe way to see people face-to-face in our Sight Centre, showing them how to safely use equipment and match them with the right equipment for their needs. Our new online training resources include audio-described fitness classes helping older blind and partially sighted people stay active. We have a new volunteering befriending service, connecting people who are lonely with others in their community.
“The money gratefully received from Trowbridge Town Council will help in our most immediate task of checking in with our most vulnerable clients in Trowbridge as well as helping us deliver our ‘Living well with sight loss’ course which take a step-by-step approach to living safely and independently after a diagnosis of visual impairment.