Charity Name: Support4Sight

Support4Sight is a Light in the Dark.

Our charity’s vision is an equal world without barriers for people with sight loss. Our mission is to support, empower and inspire people affected by sight loss through delivering high quality services. Established in 1994, Support 4 Sight is a registered charity that offers support to visually impaired people and their families. We support people from across Essex, South Cambridgeshire and East Hertfordshire.

We have resource centres in Saffron Walden and Chelmsford which offer support, equipment and much more. We also have several information points within eye clinics across Essex as well as Cambridge. We support over 4,000 visually impaired people and their carers in Essex alone each year.

Our services include:

  • Trained staff and volunteers to carry out home visits to demonstrate equipment and give information, advice and guidance.
  • Employment support for people with visual impairment currently in employment or those wishing to seek employment.
  • Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO’s) for support at Eye Clinics and in the community.
  • Information desks in hospitals providing information and signposting to ensure help is available as early as possible.
  • Monthly coffee mornings and social trips across Mid and West Essex – a chance to meet and talk with others with sight loss and their carers.
  • Information, support and guidance to help carers in their role and to provide respite.
  • A monthly support group where those with a visual impairment can get together to feel supported by each other and to receive information, support and advice.
  • A befriending service across Essex – a volunteer calls monthly for a friendly chat helping to overcome isolation and loneliness.
  • Staff and volunteers visit local groups to provide talks & presentations about Support 4 Sight and to raise awareness of sight loss and eye health, Visual Awareness Training for businesses, to raise awareness of visual impairment to better serve their visually impaired customers.

The most important thing is that our support is holistic to each persons needs and people with sight loss are at the heart of what we do. It drives us every day.

Thank you very much for enabling us to continue to shine in the dark for people with sight loss and their families.

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