Mobile Support Service to tour Rutland thanks to Big Lottery funding win

Published on 27th May 2015 in Community Services

We have been awarded £9,732 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme, for our Mobile Support Service in Rutland.

The grant will mean that Vista can visit towns and villages across the Rutland region on two days per week for twelve months. This will include GP surgeries, places of worship, community centres and any other organisation at the heart of community life.

The service, which is already in operation throughout Leicestershire, aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.

It will provide Rutland residents with information about preventative eye health, showcase a range of aids to daily living products, conduct low vision assessments, and help community groups to establish local support networks for people with sight loss. 

Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said “Thanks to this funding we are able to expand our Mobile Support Service into the county of Rutland, and deliver our programme to residents in a greater number of rural areas where information such as this is not readily available."

“We will help to improve the health of local residents and strengthen local communities by providing information about preventative eye health, raise awareness of the support available to people who develop sight loss, and establish support networks to care for individuals with sight loss in their area.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available on our mobile support service page.

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