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Mapping local services to inform visually impaired people

Section: In the CommunityType: News Item Date Published: 7th April 2020

Building a database of support to be shared across the sight loss sector to inform visually impaired people and their families.

Guide Dogs are generously sharing members of their team to support Visionary and local societies to build up a UK-wide picture of what services are available locally for blind and partially sighted people. As well as finding out about what support local sight loss organisations can offer, Visionary can contact and research local authority and NHS provisions to ascertain the full picture of services.

This information will be used to build a database of support to be shared across the sight loss sector to inform visually impaired people and their families on what support is available from organistions and local communities, the information will be shared with Visionary members.

The team are looking to understand:

1.    What support you can currently offer – list types of support available now

2.    In what areas you offer services (village, towns, postcodes)

3.   Other sight loss specific support is currently available from other sources in your area

4.    Any other support from your wider community that could be helpful to VI people and their support networks

5.    Where are the ‘cold spots’ in your region where support is lacking (village, towns, postcodes)?

6.    What is the best method for service users to contact you (telephone/email/weblink)?

7.    Do you have any concerns about local authority or NHS provision for VI people in your area?

8.    Do you currently hold the register of Blind and Partially Sighted people for your local area?

You can provide your answers to the above questions by emailing Visionary@Guidedogs.org.uk.

This mapping exercise will benefit all of us, ensuring a joined-up approach and response as a sector to the needs of visually impaired people during this crisis.

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