About us

A picture of six befrienders and befriendees walking down New Walk.

Vista is one of the oldest and largest local charities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We’ve been working with people with sight loss and their families for over 150 years.

It is our aim to:

1) Promote eye health to prevent sight loss;

2) Reduce the impact of sight loss, and

3) Provide support and care for people with sight loss.

As well as rehabilitation, residential homes, social groups and befriending services, Vista provides specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.

We're there at the point of diagnosis, supporting children and adults in eye clinics by providing information, advice, guidance and support when it's most needed.

We teach people with sight loss new skills and provide specialist equipment and tools. Our qualified specialist staff have a wealth of experience in supporting people with sight loss to develop important practical, social and emotional skills, building their confidence and independence.

We support children and adults with sight loss, providing specialist leisure activities, music therapy and professional rehabilitation support in both the home and the community.

We aim to tackle social isolation and ensure that every person we work with has real human contact, providing befriending and social groups to people who would otherwise be isolated and unable to leave their homes. We also provide over 70,000 talking newspapers a year, making a real difference to the lives of socially isolated people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Losing your sight can be frightening. Vista is there, enabling people to regain their independence and live fulfilling lives.