Project Category: Registered charity
We are asking for £500 to use for care packages, shopping and specialist equipment for isolated people living with sight loss in Southampton. We have over 750 people living with sight loss registered on our database. People living with sight loss are often already isolated, lonely and depressed and it has been particularly difficult for our members to get online shopping slots or to access services.
Since closing our offices on 18 March and moving all our paid staff to home working we have been delivering a telephone based services offering information and advice, non face to face shopping and prescription deliveries and telephone befriending for our members. We have advertised our services on community based information sites and have been taking calls and supporting people living with sight loss directly or brokering support from other agencies. We have been sending out newsletters in accessible information formats to ensure our members are aware of new services.
We have made over 400 calls to vulnerable people living with sight loss to ensure support was in place. We assisted a number of people to buddy up with other people to increase telephone contact. From our calls we have identified a number of people requiring extra support including shopping and prescription collection. We have 3 volunteer drivers who are delivering direct to peoples homes. On average we are delivering 10 support packages per week.
We are also supporting requests for specialist equipment. This week we sourced and delivered a telephone suitable for a hearing aid user, eye shields to cut out glare, a tether so a blind person can safely walk with a volunteer but ensure physical distancing and 3 shopping and 2 prescription requests. Whilst many of our members may be receiving care packages they may need specialist food due to health issues i.e. diabetic foods. We have also delivered some online tutorials for assistive technology and sent regular activities to our children and young people.
We received a call from a man living with sight loss who needed some shopping done. He also told us that April 14 was the anniversary of his wife’s death and he wanted a newspaper as he had an ‘in memorium’ notice in the paper. We were able to deliver his shopping, a newspaper and some custards tarts (his wife’s favourite) on the day. It is these personal and little things that make loneliness bearable in these unprecedented times.
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3 Bassett Avenue