We all know the value of groups in the community. These often small but mighty local societies provide invaluable local support to blind and partially sighted people. We’re here to highlight the excellent work being done up and down the country.
Leah Cross, Community Support Worker for Dorset Blind Association.
One of our core services is helping blind and partially sighted people learn how to use low vision aids. We have sight equipment vans that travel around our rural county to bring these services to you. Our home visit service has hundreds of volunteers, offering one-to-one support.
We run a range of activities, including a goal ball group, acoustic shooting and our annual blind driving day. Our driving day includes some brilliant driving instructors going off-road with some of our members. That can be a little scary to watch! But they’re in safe hands and really enjoy it.
Chris Ford got involved with Dorset Blind Association when he lost his sight nine years ago.
"I was in a really bad place when someone from Dorset Blind Society came and visited me at home. This was the first time I was actually told that there was life after sight loss.
"When you lose your sight, you feel pretty lonely and worthless. But with support, they helped me to get back on my feet. From finding out about how to get around using a white cane, to trying to sort my benefits, finances and bills.
"This was only possible because Dorset Blind Association took me under their wing and showed me lots of ways I can carry on with my life."