Mobile Support Service returns for 2017

Published on 25th January 2017 in Community Services

A picture of a Vista volunteer providing information to two ladies.

Our Mobile Support Service is once again touring Leicester, providing information, support and advice about avoidable sight loss.

1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Funded by the generosity of John and Elsie Orr, the three-year project will focus on providing support within ethic minority communities.

The service will be visiting areas across Leicester City, including Belgrave, Rushey Mead, Spinney Hills, Coleman and Latimer.

Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open-plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultations. During their time on board, visitors can:

  • Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
  • Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
  • Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.                                                                                            

The service also supports older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated support in their local community.

Paul Bott, Chief Executive, said “We are very excited for this project - our Mobile Support Service will enable local people to have a better understanding of their current sight; the health risks associated with sight loss; and the leading causes of sight loss specifically related to their communities.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available at www.vistablind.org.uk/mobilesupport

Can you spare a few hours a month? We’re on the lookout for volunteers to join us on board – you will be meeting and greeting individuals, as well as providing information about eye health and Vista’s services. To find out more and apply, call 0116 249 8856, email info@vistablind.org.uk or visit www.vistablind.org.uk/volunteer

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