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Updated October 2017

Christmas Cards for Sale

Christmas Cards in aid of Sight Loss Shropshire will be on sale at the Charity Christmas Card Shop in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury from Friday 20th October 2017 to Saturday 2 December 2017 inclusive.  The Shop will be open from 10:15am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

All-Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into the issue of capacity in NHS eye care services in England

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment is running an Inquiry during 2017 into the issue of capacity in NHS eye care services in England.  The APPG Inquiry survey for patients is for people who have received treatment within the last three years (not including the routine provision of glasses or contact lenses) to hear about their experiences of eye care services in England (both positive and negative experiences). Have your say and complete the patient survey   If you would prefer to take part in this survey over the phone please contact the campaigns hotline on 020 7391 2123 to leave your name and contact number with one of team for a call back.    The patient survey will close on 20 October 2017.

Cabinet Office – Call for Evidence

The Cabinet Office has issued a Call for Evidence to gather the experiences of disabled people in participating in elections.  Details of the type of information needed by the Cabinet Office can be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/access-to-elections-call-for-evidence/call-for-evidence-access-to-elections  Responses should be sent to elections@cabinetoffice.gov.uk   The Cabinet Office is seeking comments by 17:00 Tuesday 14 November 2017.

New Vision Impairment telephone drop in service in Telford & Wrekin

Telford & Wrekin Council are offering a new telephone drop-in service for visual impairment.  People who call will be able to speak to a Rehabilitation Officer for Vision Impairment to request replacement equipment, to seek advice or to discuss any issues they have relating to their visual impairment.  The service is available on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and the contact number is 07976 426 483.

New telephone number for Sight Loss Shropshire

The telephone number for Sight Loss Shropshire has changed – our new number is 01743 250808.

Esme’s Umbrella – supporting people with Charles Bonnet syndrome

Do you have low vision and are you experiencing visual hallucinations?  If you are, you might be suffering from a little known condition called Charles Bonnet syndrome.

Esme’s Umbrella was launched in November 2015 to raise awareness of Charles Bonnet syndrome and support people with the condition.  Their website offers a platform on which sufferers, their families and friends can exchange experiences, share coping strategies and find reassurance. The Helpline number is 0345 051 3915, and the email address is esmesumbrella@gmail.com

Support available from Severn Trent Water

If you are finding it difficult to read, or pay, your Water Bill, Severn Trent Water provides a range of free services that you may find helpful.  These include:

  • Alternative correspondence formats such as large print, braille, electronic mail, audio CD or cassette, textphone, and formats suitable for people with dyslexia or colour blindness.
  • A Nominee Scheme enabling you to authorise a friend or relative to speak to Severn Trent on your behalf about your account
  • Schemes and tariffs to assist those who are struggling to pay their water bills

If you would like more information about the support and services provided by Severn Trent Water, please contact the Sight Loss Shropshire office on 01743 210808.