Devon in Sight has launched a new Community Support Service which will increase the independence, wellbeing and choice of people with sight loss across Devon.
In each area a Community Support Worker will work with people with sight loss to identify a whole range of advice and support – not just from Devon in Sight but from a number of charities and partner organisations.
The starting point will be our new ‘Sight Loss MOT’ which will identify what additional support might be helpful – particularly if you have been newly diagnosed with sight loss, or if your condition and support needs have changed.
We will also be able to check that you have the information you need about your sight condition, that you are receiving allowances and entitlements through registering as being sight impaired, and have the opportunity to chat to someone about the emotional impact of living with sight loss.
We will have a group of volunteers in each area who will be able to offer practical support or time-limited support to accompany you to a local sports or leisure group in your community, or to help you get used to using a community transport service.
As part of the service we will be offering appointments at the ‘Sight Loss Hubs’ in community locations in East Devon, Mid Devon, West Devon and Torbay to make it easier for you to see one of our Sight Loss Advisers.
We will be working with partner organisations to arrange other groups and advice sessions; including Action for Blind People, the RNIB, the Macular Society, Guide Dogs, Blind Veterans UK, Moorvision, Action on Hearing Loss, SENSE for Deafblind people, and the local authority Sensory Team.
“This is likely to be a best-practice model of service delivery which should promote meaningful collaboration among partner organisations. Thank you for taking the lead in this impressive way. I hope that your project is successful and we look forward to working together.”
Nick Caplin, CEO Blind Veterans UK.
This service is part funded by the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.