Funding boost for sight support team

Members of Northumberland Low Vision Action Group including Secretary Bob Potter with Clyde the Guide Dog (left tof pic) who are concerned about the number of advertising boards getting in their way across Morpeth town centre.
Members of Northumberland Low Vision Action Group including Secretary Bob Potter with Clyde the Guide Dog (left tof pic) who are concerned about the number of advertising boards getting in their way across Morpeth town centre.

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for better services for visually-impaired people have been given a funding boost.

The Northumberland Low Vision Action Group was set up in 2009 by people living with sight loss and their families to raise awareness of the everyday problems they face and seek solutions.

Now members will have more help to access its meetings, thanks to a grant of £1,060 from Northumberland County Council, which will be administered by ADAPT North East.

Treasurer John Anderson said: “This is a lot of money to our organisation.

“What we are trying to achieve is to improve the services that blind and partially-sighted people who reside in Northumberland get. It is surprising how difficult it is to get the support they need.

“One of the problems people face is how to get to meetings. You have got to have a form of transport if you are going to come along and represent your area so this grant will go towards transport costs.”

The group has enjoyed some success over the years, including speeding up the transfer of details of newly-registered blind people to ensure faster access to support.

Currently, members are campaigning to stop advertising boards from blocking pavements after counting more than 90 of them in Morpeth alone.

Another aim is to secure funds for an additional rehabilitation officer for Northumberland to help newly-registered blind people. At present, there is just one and last year, there were around 340 referrals.

To contact the group, call Mr Anderson on 01670 503782 or email jo.stapleton@rnib.org.uk