THE Local sight loss charity Outlookers (previously known as the Kirklees Visual Impairment Network KVIN) has launched a roadshow for local communities to find out more about the organisation and discuss any concerns about their sight.
The charity was kindly donated a van by a specialist vehicles provider. This has allowed them to create a mobile sight loss centre which Outlookers plan to take out onto the streets of Kirklees to ensure people who are isolated either by transport, disability or living alone have an opportunity to talk in confidence about their concerns around sight loss and also look at the equipment that might help them continue to do the things they love.
This follows on from the Community Champions project Outlookers embarked upon. This joint project with Kirklees Council used Outlookers staff and volunteers to help people with a disability access the Covid-19 vaccine.
Outlookers recognise the importance of talking to people in familiar surroundings, so they have announced a series of key dates and locations that the Sight Loss Centre will be visiting this summer. The road trip locations include:
Wednesday 18th August: Asda, Mill St W, Dewsbury WF12 9AE
Tuesday 24th August: Morrisons, Penistone Rd, Waterloo, Huddersfield HD5 8QW
Tuesday 24th August: Morrisons, Station St, Meltham, Holmfirth HD9 5QR
Tuesday 31st August: Greenwood Centre, Huddersfield Rd, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury WF13 3JR
Wednesday 1st September: Co-op, Market St, Holmfirth, Huddersfield HD9 7AX
Tuesday 7th September: Mullaco, Mullaco Retail Park, Slaithwaite Road, Dewsbury WF12 0AA
Wednesday 8th September: CMCLC, Moorfield Shopping Centre, 15 Park Rd W, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield HD4 5RX
Outlookers is run by people who themselves are blind or partially sighted. They offer peer and technology support to people who are impacted by sight loss. The organisation specialises in ensuring everyone with a visual impairment has access to technology that can help them retain their independence.
Volunteers run one to one tuition that is tailored to work at an individual’s own pace. This may be helping someone access free talking books or showing them how to adapt their smartphone to allow them to use apps. Small changes to their phone will often make a huge difference to their independence, mobility, and confidence.
Christine Stephen, CEO at Outlookers, said:
“The charity has a wealth of knowledge about technology which people can easily learn to use to benefit themselves, so we want to ensure that residents throughout Kirklees have access to any support they need throughout their sight loss journey. In December 2020, we approached the team at Terberg, who very kindly donated a beautiful vehicle that will allow us to do just that. We are so thrilled to be able to meet as many people as possible throughout the summer”.
Follow the charity on Twitter for the latest updates on the summer roadshow: @KirkleesVIN.