Devon in Sight is a local charity providing a range of practical help and advice to people affected by sight loss, with the aim of promoting independence, well-being and choice.
Our registered charity name is Devon County Association for the Blind and we were formed in 1925. In 2011 we adopted the new working name of Devon in Sight.
Throughout our history we have worked to provide practical help to people who are blind or partially sighted across the county. We have journeyed with individuals over the years as they have learned to live with acquired sight loss and we have often become friends in the process.
Much has changed since 1925. Sights testing, diagnosis and clinical treatments for sight conditions have been transformed, but the experience of living with sight loss can still be traumatic. Our aim is to support you, the people you live with and other professionals by providing impartial advice and support on a whole range of issues. If we don’t know the answer we probably know someone who does!
- Our Community Support Service team can run through our innovative ‘Sight Loss MOT’ to help you identify where you need advice, support and training to help you improve your quality of life.
- Our Sight Loss Adviser can help you with a range of equipment and training to help you adjust to your sight loss.
- Information and advice on sight loss social groups and other community based support groups.
- Providing up to date news and information to our members through our quarterly newsletter and website
- Raising awareness of preventable sight loss and of the support available across the county
- We work with other voluntary and statutory organisations in Devon to develop effective strategies to improve the lives of people with sight loss.
Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:
- We put people with sight loss at the centre of everything we do
- We work in partnership with other service providers
- We strive to provide the best possible service
Our Vision for the next three years is to be a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for people in Devon affected by sight loss.
Given the challenging financial climate, and changes to health and social care services, achieving our vision won’t be easy. But we believe we should strive to provide the best quality services that are available.
To help us achieve our vision, our strategy for the future is:
- To develop effective working partnerships with key organisations in the sector so that we can be sure that we have a clear and focused role in the care pathway for people with sight loss in Devon.
- We need to make sure we can demonstrate the impact of our services to current and potential funders, so we need to develop outcome measures for all our services.
- We believe that we are most likely to attract funding from individuals, trusts and other grant makers by doing a great job for people with sight loss – so we will make sure that they are at the centre of everything we do, and that we continue to strive to deliver excellent services.
- More than ever, we need to carefully manage all expenditure; making sure we are getting good value for money from all our suppliers and avoiding any unnecessary costs. We are also developing corporate partnerships to help reduce our direct costs.
- We need to look creatively at how we deliver services in the medium to longer term, and put all options on the table to ensure we can provide support for people with sight loss in the future – even if it means making bold and difficult decisions.
We hope you share our passion for continuing to deliver essential support for people as they learn to live with sight loss. Our success will depend on us all – as staff, trustees, customers, suppliers, volunteers and donors working together to meet the challenge ahead.Grahame Flynn
Chief Executive Officer