Forward Vision neighbours swing into action with community grant vote

Posted: 04/05/2016 | Adult Services,

Residents of Royal Blind’s Forward Vision service will soon enjoy the use of a ‘birds nest’ swing after their community voted for them to be awarded £2,500 in funding.

The service, based in Morningside, came top in the South Centra£ Decides vote which took place on Saturday.South Central Decides poster

Now they will be able to purchase the swing which will give residents a safe, fun and soothing outdoor play experience.

Kerrigan Bell, Senior Fundraiser for Royal Blind, said the new swing will help children and young people to improve their access to outdoor space and other facilities.

She added: “We are delighted that our neighbours in South Central Edinburgh voted to support our visually impaired young adults in this way.

“The shape of the birds nest swing allows disabled people to enjoy a fun, safe outdoor experience. The residents and staff alike are overjoyed with the news.”  

South Centra£ Decides is a community grant project which aims to support community services in the South Central region of Edinburgh.Forward Vision's Alex smiles for the camera

Local projects submit information to the competition and members of the community vote for which service they feel should be awarded grant money.

More than 218 people attended the event, at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church in Nicolson Square, Newington, with more than 500 votes cast.

A total of 11 projects were awarded funding, with Forward Vision gaining the most support from the community. 

Forward Vision is a transitional service, providing supported accommodation to young adults between the ages of 17-25 who have a visual impairment as well as other serious disabilities.

We offer individualised 24 hour care, which supports young adults to develop through the transition from childhood into young adult life. We also offer places for residential care and short breaks.

The residents of Forward Vision, aged 17-25. All are visually impaired and live with a range of serious illness and disabilities such as spina bifida, brain injury, epilepsy and autism. This means the residents require 24-hour care and some are medically frail.