Wiltshire Sight is an independent charity supporting people with sight loss in Wiltshire and Swindon. They assist more than 2,500 people of all ages as well as their families and carers.
The Charity runs two very popular Peer Support Groups in Swindon for people experiencing sight loss, which have already supported 200 individuals this year. However, this service is in danger of disappearing if the charity doesn’t raise the funds needed to keep the Swindon and Wroughton groups going.
These sessions offer people living with sight loss the support they need, such as social inclusion (interaction with the rest of the group and sharing experiences) the ability to continue living independently (benefits advice and tips for lighting/magnification) and also information (updates on the latest assistive technology such as computer software and e readers).
Wiltshire Sight receives no statutory funding and has to raise all the money to support the services it provides, through fundraising and applying for grants. At present they have been unable to find the funding to support these groups despite great efforts from the whole team.
Claire Neal, Fundraising Manager at Wiltshire Sight commented:
“These groups are a real lifeline to some of our clients who may not leave the house for long periods of time, this way they can visit their local group and feel that they are not alone and belong to something. It would be a terrible loss if this service had to be withdrawn due to lack of funding”
If you are or someone you know could help in supporting Wiltshire Sight to fund this vital service for the people of Swindon you can call them on 01380 723682 or email email@example.com.