Did you know that a blind person can navigate an unfamiliar area independently using a special app on their iPhone?
“I can’t believe I have gained enough confidence to go shopping on my own – just using my phone to get me to the right shop – it’s changed my life”
Hanna, who is registered blind, goes on to say:
“This technology has helped me so much; I now want to volunteer and teach other people how to use it.”
Local charity Vision North Somerset has been awarded over £9,000 by the National Lottery Awards for All fund to ensure volunteers and staff are trained to deliver a range of opportunities for blind and partially sighted people in North Somerset.
Chief Executive Nina Farr said:
“Knowledgeable staff and volunteers don’t just happen; we have to invest in their training and support to enable them to deliver a high quality service that makes a difference to people who are struggling with significant sight loss.”
“We are grateful to the National Lottery and the people that play every week who have made our Trained to Deliver project possible”.
Top of the training list is information about social media and the options this provides for reducing isolation and loneliness.
The charity also plans to provide a professional functional low vision service to help people to make the most of their sight with magnifiers and good lighting.