Sight loss charity spreads its wings

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

EDEN Sight Support, a charity working to support those with sight loss across the district, has extended its services by taking over the Eden Shopmobility scheme.

The group is based at the Resource Centre in Sandgate and recently extended its premises by taking over another part of the building previously occupied by Age UK.

It has also taken on the Shopmobility scheme which was run by Age UK and provides wheelchairs and mobility scooters for hire.

Liz Peers-Johnson, development officer for Eden Sight Support, said prior to the expansion they had been unable to showcase the equipment they offer.

The new space will now become a dedicated resource centre where equipment for sale will be displayed and members will also get the opportunity to try some of the equipment at home before they buy.

It has also meant the group can offer computer training in the use of specialised software for the visually impaired. It also runs monthly dual-sensory loss meetings.

Another new addition is three tandem bikes which will be used for tandem hire, which Eden Sight Support is set to launch this summer.

Covering all of Eden, the charity already runs an outreach clinic in Kirkby Stephen and is shortly due to establish another in Appleby.

The charity has over 100 members and is run by six volunteers.

New volunteers are always needed and anyone interested is asked to contact the Resources Centre at Sandgate or email edensightsupportbtconnect.com