Based in hospital eye departments, ECLOs provide practical advice, guidance and emotional support to anyone affected by sight loss – from the day of diagnosis and throughout their lives.
Jenny Molineux is one of these ECLOs, "I know what it's like to go through a diagnosis alone. So I'm determined to make sure everyone gets the support they need. But sadly, there just aren't enough of us to do that."
Two out of three hospitals don't have an ECLO, but with your help we can support people to maintain their independence, stay in work or education and get the equipment, technology and benefits they need. We need to raise £33,000 by 31 March 2019 so we can get a new ECLO in place by the summer. Please help us reach that target today.
Any donations we receive above our target will be put to the best use for blind and partially sighted people across the country, wherever the need is greatest.
Being told she had glaucoma was an emotional experience for Jacqueline but one of our ECLOs was there to support her.
“One thing that made it so much easier was the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) who was on hand to give me the full explanation I needed. The ECLO at Sussex hospital was there to help me accept my condition, she was so good and helped in more ways than one. My ECLO has been a tower of strength to me.”
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What exactly is an ECLO?
Our ECLOs work hand-in-hand with medical and nursing staff in hospital eye clinics as well as sensory teams in council social services. As well as help with understanding a sight loss diagnosis, as a top priority ECLOs are there to give that urgent practical and emotional support that help people come to terms with their sight loss and maintain their independence.
Why are ECLOS needed?
A diagnosis of an eye condition is difficult to come to terms with and it can be confusing and sometimes traumatic experience. ECLOs like Jenny provide both emotional and practical support to help people live independent lives.
How your donation can help
£25 could pay for one hour with an ECLO to prepare paperwork to certify a person as blind or partially sighted. Certification enables a person to claim a wide range of concessions such as half-price TV licence or help with NHS costs.
£38 could pay for 1 and a half hours for an ECLO to run a training and networking session for those adapting to daily life without sight.
£50 could pay for 2 hours of ECLO support to provide urgently needed emotional and practical help to someone who has recently lost their sight through an accident or trauma.
£91 could fund a Visual Awareness half-day training session run by an ECLO for hospital staff to help increase their understanding of the daily issues facing their patients.