This charity is eligible for match funding.
We provide a unique range of services for blind and partially sighted people in North Somerset. We aim to increase independence, reduce poverty, improve opportunities for social inclusion and provide practical and emotional support to help improve the quality of life for our service users. Our work is supported by over 90 dedicated volunteers who provide information and support at our local hosptial, help people to apply for benefits, run social clubs and offer friendship to our members.
1500 of our clients with sight loss are aged over 65. They cannot drive, go for a walk independently, do their shopping, pop out and visit friends, read a book or even see the TV screen. Many are isolated and lonely.We are currently raising money to recruit and train volunteers to address these issues. Volunteers will provide benefit advice to reduce poverty, social clubs and companionship to reduce lonliness and isolation and emotional support to help people to cope with their sight loss.
Health and wellbeing for visually impaired people in North Somerset will improve. Poverty will be reduced by training our volunteer benefit advisors to make successful applications. People will be able to participate in community activities because they will have the income to do so. Isolation and loneliness will be reduced as people will benefit from social clubs and companionship. Blind people will be better able to cope because of the emotional support they receive via counselling.
Transport to get 3 people to our social club once every week
The cost of running our helpline one morning a week
Mini bus transport for an outing for isolated blind people
We need volunteers to help people complete forms for benefit applications. We need volunteers to visit lonely, isolated, older people at home, for a cup of tea and a chat and to read their correspondence to them.We are always short of drivers to help people to get to and from our social clubs.Whatever your skills and interests we can find a rewarding place for you on our team. Give us a call for an informal chat.