Although we’re not yet where we need to be, some supermarkets have made several positive steps forward. You may have already seen our best practice guide for supermarkets, and thanks to productive conversations with chains, this is beginning to be implemented in-store:
While we are pleased the supermarkets are making these changes, we know there is a long way to go to ensure people who are blind or partially sighted can access groceries. Access to groceries has been the biggest issue facing our community since the outbreak, and we’re receiving an average of over 100 calls a day about this.
Thanks again to the 22,653 people who signed our joint petition with Thomas Pocklington Trust, Guide Dogs, Visionary and Vision UK about the importance of priority delivery slots which we submitted to Defra. We’ve heard that local authorities are going to be able to refer into these slots and we’re currently talking to Defra about how we can ensure all blind and partially sighted people who need one are able to access them. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.