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Updated April 2020

Covid-19 update – 1st April 2020

The RNIB has put together answers to a number of frequently asked questions about Covid-19 and Living with Sight Loss.  Details can be found here.

A  number of sight loss organisations are calling for the government and supermarkets to give people with sight loss priority access to online shopping.  You can sign the petition here.

Covid-19 update – 23rd March 2020

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic many of our peer support groups have cancelled their forthcoming meetings and we have also suspended our fortnightly Information Point sessions at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  However, we are continuing to provide information and signposting during our normal office hours (8:15am – 1pm, Monday to Thursday) via our telephone number 01743 250808 and email address sightlossshropshire@shropshire.gov.uk

The Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS Trust will be working remotely until further notice.  However, she is still available to offer practical and emotional support during working hours via e-mail e.chaplin2@nhs.net and mobile 07808 736449.

West Shropshire Talking Newspaper has ceased memory stick publication but continue to provide access to their home produced weekly recordings through their webpage, the app, the landline telephone listening service and Alexa.

Sight Loss Survey

Eye research charity Fight for Sight has launched a survey to gather insights on the personal impact of sight loss.  It is hoped that the findings from this survey will help to strengthen the case for desperately needed eye research funding.

Sight loss costs the UK over £28 billion each year, yet only 1% of funding for public services is spent on eye research.  This equates to just £20 for each person living with sight loss.

Participation in the survey involves a short 15-minute phone interview or online survey in which respondents share information and answer questions on how living with sight loss or an eye condition impacts their life or that of the person they care for.

Interested participants should call 020 7264 3900.

Participants can really help to transform the eye research landscape and build a case to secure urgently needed funding for pioneering eye research projects.

 

Living with Sight Loss courses

The RNIB will be running Living with Sight Loss courses in Telford and Ludlow during 2020.  The course comprises two, one day sessions which are delivered a week apart. The course is for anyone with sight loss and provides information, advice, support and practical solutions for people with sight loss and those close to them. It offers an opportunity to share experiences with others in similar situations and find out about the services that are available.

Telford Course dates – Mondays 11th and 18th May 2020 at Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford.  The course starts at 10.30am and finishes no later than 3.30pm.

Ludlow Course dates – Wednesdays 8th and 15th July 2020 at Ludlow Library, Parkway Lane, Ludlow, SY8 2PG.  The course starts at 10.30am and finishes no later than 3.30pm.

To book a place, contact the RNIB on 0300 123 3933 or e-mail lwslenquiries@rnib.org.uk.  These courses are arranged on demand so if you would like to attend a course but cannot make the dates, please register your interest with RNIB on the telephone number above.

 


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