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Vision North Somerset

3 Neva Road, Weston-super-Mare
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

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

Jocelyn Blacker
Well done! This should help you get into 3 figures. Karen and Jocelyn
28/04/2014
£20
Anonymous
Good luck Mum!
26/04/2014
£20
R MacPherson
Good Luck Julie! All the best for tomorrow :o)
26/04/2014
£10
Ryan Harris
Good Luck Madam, Go Careful!!!!
26/04/2014
£20
Ryan Harris
GOOD LUCK MADAM :D Be careful ps. This time it really is ryan sponsoring you :L
26/04/2014
£20
Jo Siddle
Good luck Shirley!
26/04/2014
£10
Matt Olive
Best of luck Julie. Rather you than me! :)
25/04/2014
£5
James Ryan
Well done Katherine - enjoy! From the Ryans.
24/04/2014
£25

Our fundraisers

Charity information

Vision North Somerset

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


Tel 01934 419393
Registered charity no. 270331

Causes that concern us:
🎀   Disability
🎀   Social Welfare

Validated by:
Somerset Community 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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