Sight loss charity Vista launches mobile support service and heads to Blaby District

VistaLocal sight-loss charity ‘Vista’ has launched a brand new Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss in Leicestershire.

The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will tour the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.

During October it will visit a variety of locations across the Blaby region (a full list can be found below).

1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Vista will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.

Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:

  • Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
  • Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
  • Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.

The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.

The charity provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

As well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services, Vista also provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.

Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said:

“This exciting new project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people. We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’re taking our services on the road.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available on the Vista website at www.vistablind.org.uk/mobilesupport


Mobile Support Service -Blaby District

October Dates

2nd – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Leicester Forest East Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LE3 3JE
2nd – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Leicester Forest East Library, Rushmere Walk, 76 Stafford Leys, LE3 3LH
6th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Glenfield Memorial Hall, Stamford Street, Glenfield, LE3 8DL
6th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Kirby Village Hall, Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2EN
9th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Huncote Community Hall, Denman Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BS
12th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, LE3 1LE
12th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Thorpe Astley Community Centre, Lakin Drive, LE3 3RU
13th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Thurlaston Village Hall, Desford Road, Thurlaston, LE9 7TE
19th – 10:00am – 12:30pm: Elmesthorpe Village Hall, Wilkinson Lane, Elmesthorpe, LE9 7SG
19th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Whetstone Memorial Hall, High Street, Whetstone, LE8 6LP
20th – 10:00 – 12:30pm: Narborough Park Car Park, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EL
20th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: St Johns Community Centre, Packhorse Drive, Enderby, LE19 2RP
23rd – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Stoney Stanton Playing Fields, Carey Hill Road, Stoney Stanton, LE9 4LA
26th – 10:00 – 12:30pm: Enderby Leisure Centre, Mill Lane, Sportsfield Lane, LE19 4LX
26th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Huncote Pavilion Leisure Centre, Sportsfield Lane, LE9 3BN
27th – 1.30pm – 3:15pm: Sapcote Methodist Church, Leicester Road, Sapcote, LE9 4JE
29th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Countesthorpe Village Hall, Station Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5TB
29th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm – Cosby Library, Park Road, Cosby, LE9 1RN
30th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Glen Parva Village Hall, Dorothy Avenue, Glen Parva, LE2 9JD
30th – 1:30pm – 3:15pm: Sharnford Evergreen Hall, Leicester Road, Sharnford, LE10 3PZ

November dates:

23rd – 10:00 – 12:30pm – The Winstanley Arms, The Glade, Leicester, LE3 2WB
27th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – Croft Village (outside Post Office), Pochin Street, Croft, LE9 3HA
30th – 10:00 – 12:30pm – outside St Peter’s Church, Lychgate Lane, Aston Flamville, LE10 3AF

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