Vista's Mobile Support Service returns for 2016

Published on 13th January 2016 in Community Services

A picture of Paul Bott and a service user in front of the Mobile Support Service vehicle.

Our Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss is once again touring Leicestershire and Rutland, providing information, support and advice.

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. Vista’s 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.

Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said: “This exciting project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people. We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’ve taken our services on the road.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available on our Mobile Support Service page.

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