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Vision North Somerset

3 Neva Road, Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset, BS23 1YD

Vision North Somerset supports 1800 blind and partially sighted people in North Somerset

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.

Why the community needs us

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.

Our impact on the community

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.

Vision North Somerset projects

Abseil to support Vision Volunteers!

The Charity Abseil aims to raise £5,000 to support up to 100 volunteers to help local blind people living in North Somerset. Volunteers will provide companionship, run social and activity clubs to reduce social isolation, help with benefit applications to reduce poverty, support blind people attending hospital appointments and offer emotional support via a qualified counsellor to help people come to terms with their sightloss.

Why they need our service

People with sight loss are often lonely and isolated. Vision Volunteers will provide opportunties for people to join social and activity clubs and give them an opportunity to get out and about and make new friends. For people who are housebound then indiviudal volunteers will call in on a regular basis for a cup of tea and a chat. Successful benefit applications will lift blind people out of poverty and help them to enjoy a better quality of life, whilst couselling will improve wellbeing.

Plan and expected results

Health and wellbeing will improve and blind people will enjoy a better quality of life. People will be less isolated and they will make new friends. Our members will benefit from an increase in income which will enable them to participate in community activities.
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Community Room

We aim to improve our services to local visually impaired people and involve our local community at the same time. We are a well established charity based in central Weston super Mare. We want to extend the range of our help to include Peer Support Groups, a Drop in Centre and online computer access, we'd also like to offer keep fit and yoga classes. First we need to build an extension to provide the space we need. The Community Room would also be used by other community groups.

Why they need our service

We want to bring vibrancy and excitment into our premises. Our project offers an opportunity to provide interesting and inclusive activities for local blind people. Sharing our space with other community groups for meetings and activities will provide a much needed resource in central Weston and raise awareness of the needs of blind people. Our aim is to provide an inclusive space for all users in our community.

Plan and expected results

Our Community Room will enable new projects to take place. We will reduce poverty by assisting with benefit claims, improve health by providing physical activities and improve wellbeing by providing social opportunities and peer support. Easy access to online computers will provide opportunities to learn. We plan to provide training in equality issues which will provide a sustainable income and increase awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.
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Our supporters

Julie Corkin
I made a donation to Vision North Somerset
22/04/2014
£10
Kirsty Moore
I made a donation to Vision North Somerset
22/04/2014
£5
Anonymous
Well done Katherine :) xx
22/04/2014
£10
Anonymous
Remember we'll double it if you do it without ropes!!!!!!!
21/04/2014
£10
Sarah Marsh
I made a donation to Vision North Somerset
18/04/2014
£10
Anonymous
I made a donation to Vision North Somerset
15/04/2014
£20
Michael Lynham
Good luck Julie don't look down!!
14/04/2014
£50
Anonymous
Good luck Tim!
13/04/2014
£20

Our fundraisers

Abseil for Vision North Somerset - 27th April

Hi I will be abseiling down Uphill Quarry, Weston on 27th April to raise funds for a charity close to my heart, Vision North Somerset. Any donations very gratefully received thanks!xx

£50.00
raised of £350.00 target
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To the edge and beyond for Vision North Somerset!

For the first time and at the grand age of 54...I'm jumping off a cliff - a 98ft cliff! The charity Vision North Somerset, where I've worked for the past 14 years, is having a sponsored abseil on S...

£15.00
raised of £100.00 target
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Charity Abseil for Vision North Somserset

Hey everyone I will be abseiling down a 98 foot cliff by Uphill Lake, Weston-super-Mare on Sunday 27th April to raise money for Vision North Somerset (VNS)’s Volunteer Project. VNS are a small l...

£10.00
raised of £100.00 target
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Charity abseil for Vision North Somerset.

I'm doing a sponsored Abseil down a 98 foot cliff by uphill lake, Weston super-mare on the 27th of April for a local charity called Vision North Somerset, which supports people with vision related ...

£120.00
raised of £150.00 target
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Sponsored Abseil for Vision North Somerset

Hello good people. I will-so I am told- be abseiling down a 98 foot cliff by Uphill Lake, Weston-super-Mare on Sunday 27th April to raise money for Vision North Somerset (VNS)’s Volunteer Project...

£115.00
raised of £100.00 target
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Charity information

Vision North Somerset

3 Neva Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1YD
Link to our website


Tel 01934 419393
Registered charity no. 270331

Causes that concern us:
🎀   Disability
🎀   Social Welfare

Validated by:
Localgiving Foundation
Established in: 1975
Turnover: £100k - £250k
Committee members: 9
Full time staff: 3
Part time staff: 7
Volunteers & helpers: 98

What your gift could provide

£10

Transport to get 3 people to our social club once every week

£50

The cost of running our helpline one morning a week

£150

Mini bus transport for an outing for isolated blind people

Volunteers required!

Volunteers required


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.

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