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This is a video created by some of our staff and service users discussing the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives.
You can view the video on our Facebook page or below.
Vision North Somerset continues to offer support, information and advice, technology training, emotional support and socials. This is currently over the phone, online and doorstep equipment delivery and instruction.
We will resume face to face support as soon as Government Guidelines allow. Please contact us for help, advice, or information regarding sight loss and hearing loss matters.
Everyone needs to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19. As an employer, we have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others, including volunteers, from risk to their health and safety. We have thought about the risks they face and will do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them, recognising that you cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
- Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
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.
What activities do you enjoy? Food for Thought is a lunch workshop organised by our new Connect Me worker, Polly Price, to discuss just that.
This is a chance to meet other people with sight loss, find out what opportunities are available, and give your thoughts on what activities you’d like to do.
To find out more and book your place, take a look at our flyer: