Welcome to Sight Concern Worcestershire
Your local charity supporting blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Here you will find information on the services we offer, upcoming events and many ways in which you can get involved with us.
Step into the unknown with blindfold mile
A FINAL CALL has gone out for the generous-spirited people of Worcestershire to step into the dark for a short time and raise much-needed funds, for our fundraising event called Walk The Blindfold Mile, taking place on Saturday, April 22.
Participants will go out in pairs – one wearing a blindfold and the other without – and walk a mile along a designated route to experience some of the challenges blind and partially sighted people encounter each day.
The experience help builds trust, as well as being thought-provoking and memorable.
The event is being sponsored by Lesk Engineering, Worcester Round Table and AKW. Chairman of Lesk Engineering, Jim McBride, and Worcester Round Table member, Chris Orr, recently practised for the walk during the chamber of commerce Business Expo in Malvern. Mr McBride said: “My wife and I will be the first pair to set off round the streets and I’m hoping that lots of people will join us”.
Every year 200 people in Worcestershire lose their sight and there are currently 19,160 people in the county with significant sight loss.
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Support and Social Activity Groups
As part of our LocalEyes service, funded by the Lottery, we now have Peer Support Groups around the County. Run by experienced Advice and Support Officers, we offer local social groups where clients can meet and make friends with others affected by sight loss and enjoy a varied programme of speakers and activities.
You can find us in:
Redditch on a Monday afternoon
Bromsgrove on a Thursday morning
Worcester on a Thursday morning
Malvern on alternate Monday afternoons
Coming soon! An Art Group in Evesham and a new Peer Support Group in the Wyre Forest
We also offer regular social activity groups run by volunteers in Wyre Forest and Malvern and an Art Group and a Craft Group in Worcester.
Winners of Volunteer Team of the Year and Newbie of the Year!
The winners of the Worcestershire Volunteer Awards have been announced at The Hive.
Worcestershire County Council held the prestigious ceremony on June 9 to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-12). The special event was to help promote and celebrate the valuable work of volunteers throughout the county.
Volunteers, members of the public, council representatives and local businesses were in attendance to help celebrate the tireless and dedicated work of volunteers in their local communities, and the difference they make to lives in Worcestershire.
Which Way Now?
The Which Way Now Course is designed specifically for those new to sight loss or those who would like information about topics related to sight loss.
Subjects discussed include benefits advice, available concessions, reading facilities which are available and leisure and travel facilities. There is also low vision aids and equipment on demonstration from our resource room which will help make life easier.
We often have guest speakers who give information about guide dogs, benefits, local societies such as macular groups and reading techniques. The course has also proven beneficial to carers, family members and friends.
The course is 2 ½ hours a week for 3 weeks.
The courses are either held at the Bradbury Centre in Worcester or out in the community.
Please telephone Sight Concern 01905 723245 to find out more details or find out dates, times and venues of the next course.
Sight loss should not be a barrier to enjoying an independent and fulfilling life. Our services are designed to help whether you are new to sight loss or have been visually impaired for some time.
It can take courage and determination to make the changes in your life that can turn it around. With the right information and the support of others it is possible. Click here to read the stories of some of the people who have been helped to make those changes.
We would not exist without our volunteers. Demand for our services is increasing so we need you more than ever! Volunteering offers fresh opportunities. It’s a great chance to meet new people, learn new skills and gain experience.
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Get InvolvedThere are many ways that you can get involved, whether you fundraise, donate or volunteer we need you more than ever.
Latest News & Events
- Wing Walking Spectacular
Posted on January 3rd, 2017
- Sight Concern Firewalk 2016
Posted on September 7th, 2016
- Sight Concern Worcestershire – Winners of Volunteer Team of the Year
Posted on June 29th, 2016