Imagine if you lost your sight? What impact would that have on your life?
Every day, over 100 people start to lose their sight in the UK. Almost 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss right now – that’s approximately one person in 30. Sight loss affects people of all ages, but we are increasingly likely to experience visual impairment as we get older. 9% of us will become blind or partially sighted by the time we reach the age of 60.
Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire is a registered charity, providing support services to people in Hull & East Yorkshire who are visually impaired. Their mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life for local people with sight loss, through the provision of a wide range of support services, enabling them to reach their full potential and lead independent lives.
With an increasingly ageing population, more and more people are expected to experience sight loss, and currently the charity is supporting almost 2,300 local people of all ages, with a variety of eye conditions and levels of impairment.
Recent surveys suggest that loss of sight is the disability that people fear the most: 76% of us would rather lose a limb than our eyesight. Sight loss can result in a loss of confidence, and a person can gradually become more isolated and lonely, with blind and partially sighted people more likely to suffer with depression than their peers with good vision.
Sight Support HEY provides a wide range of services to help local people deal with both the practical and emotional impact of sight loss, including:
- A resource centre full of aids and equipment, as well as advice
- A home visiting service
- Day groups offering social opportunities, with transportation provided
- Supported housing for 23 visually impaired people, of varying ages
- Telephone befriending, offering regular calls to some of the most isolated people with sight loss
- A transcription service, including Braille and audio, for both individuals and organisations
- SocialEYES programme, offering a range of activities and outings, including walking, golf, acoustic shooting, tenpin bowling, football and monthly outings to local attractions and events
When a person is diagnosed with sight loss, their emotional needs can be significant, with many individuals experiencing low morale, denial and even a sense of bereavement. Unfortunately, hospital eye clinics do not always recognise such feelings and offer limited counselling or information about community support services. Sight Support HEY’s home visiting service offers personalised support, as well as advice regarding specialist equipment, benefit entitlement, and appropriate care packages. In 2017/18 they undertook 3,277 home visits, each costing £65 to the charity, but provide FREE of charge to the individual with sight loss.
The charity receives no government funding and relies on donations and legacies to fund its life enhancing work. Hinks Insurance have long supported this wonderful local charity, and this year have nominated them for the Aviva Community Fund. They could receive funding up to £15,000 of valuable funding, and this is where we need your help. Please vote for this amazing local charity by registering and voting by clicking here. Voting closes on November 20th 2018 and ever vote counts – everyone can vote up to 10 times, and if you can forward the link to friends, family and colleagues then the reach is even further.
If you have any questions about voting or the Aviva Community Fund, please call Hinks Insurance on 01482 323424 and ask for Kate or Julie.