Vision Hub: Sight loss charities unite to host free vision impairment advice hub in Kincraig

Press Release | 18/04/2019

Residents with sight loss in the Highlands will have the opportunity to receive expert advice at a free vision impairment event this May.

 

Organisations providing support for those with sight loss in the Highlands will come together in Kincraig at ‘Vision Hub,’ hosted by Scottish War Blinded, on Friday, May 10, at Kincraig Community Centre. Doors will be open from 10.30 am to 2pm.

 

At Vision Hub, local representatives from Scottish War Blinded and the Macular Society, as well as other guest exhibitors, will offer specialist advice to visitors on how each service can help people with sight loss to continue living as independently as possible.

 

Representatives from Sight Action and Deafblind Scotland will also be present at the event.

 

Whether you have sight loss yourself, or you care for someone who does, anyone affected by a sight condition is welcome to drop in, meet the experts and find out what kind of support is available. The event will be an opportunity to meet others with sight loss and share experiences and tips.

 

Scottish War Blinded Outreach Worker for the Highlands, Sheena Menzies, organises lunch groups for military veterans in the area, as well as support for individuals at home. She will be on hand to explain how she can help more veterans adapt to sight loss. The charity supports veterans with sight loss in Scotland, no matter when or how they lost their sight.

 

At the event, rehabilitation officers from Scottish War Blinded will also demonstrate a range of specialist equipment, which is available free of charge to military veterans with significant sight loss.

 

Macular Society Regional Manager, John Furze, will share information on services and practical support available in the local community, including the Information and Advice service, telephone counselling service, volunteer run services and support groups.

 

Rebecca Barr, Director of Scottish War Blinded, commented: “We are delighted to link up with the Macular Society to showcase the varied support on offer to those affected by sight loss in the Highlands.

 

“When it comes to a sight loss condition everyone’s experience is different, and we look forward to meeting visitors at Vision Hub to ensure they are getting the best, most appropriate support available to them.”

 

John Furze, Macular Society Regional Manager, said: “Events like this are an ideal opportunity for us to highlight the impact sight loss can have on a person’s life and the wide range of services that are available locally to anyone who needs assistance.

 

“By working closely with Scottish War Blinded, we can ensure that we reach more people who may urgently need our help.”

 

The event will take place on Friday, May 10, at Kincraig Town Hall, 7 Suidhe Crescent, Kingussie, PH21 1NB. Doors will be open from 10.30am to 2pm.

 

Tea and light refreshments will also be on offer free of charge.

 

Call Sheena Menzies, Scottish War Blinded Outreach Worker, for more information on 07718 486 302 or email sheena.menzies@scottishwarblinded.org