Mobile Support Service tours Leicester city

Published on 20th June 2016 in Community Services

A picture of a Vista staff member providing information to two ladies.

Our Mobile Support Service will be visiting community centres, libraries and other venues across Leicester city centre, providing information, support and advice about preventative eye health.

The service, which has been visiting rural towns and villages across Leicestershire and Rutland over the past year, will now be touring the city and its surrounding areas. The vehicle will also be present at various events over summer, including Braunstone Carnival, Evington Fete and Jazz in the Gardens.

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. Our Mobile Support Service 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.

Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. 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 programme also supports older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.

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

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