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2017/18: Wiltshire Sight

2017/18: Wiltshire Sight

Wiltshire Sight supports people of all ages with sight loss, helping them live active lives and achieve their full potential.

Sight loss can have devastating consequences. It can cause loneliness, low self-esteem, affect relationships and impact negatively on job prospects. Over 350 children and young people in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bath have significant sight loss, and risk major disadvantages within the education system.

Wiltshire Sight aims to improve wellbeing in helping those with sight loss achieve social inclusion, economic security and independent living. The charity runs local Peer Support events, introduces those affected by sight loss to new technology designed to make their lives easier, and advises local care homes on how to look after people with sight loss.

The mother of a 5 month old baby attended Wiltshire Sight’s Nystagmus Event after her child was diagnosed with small optic nerves and nystagmus. She was concerned for her child’s future and didn’t know where to turn for support.

At the event, she spoke to people of all ages about their experiences growing up with nystagmus, and met a much older child with the same eye condition as her baby. She learned how much that child had achieved and was overwhelmed with a sense of relief.

Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to support Zoom Club – a one-stop shop for children and their families who are living with sight loss in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bath. It runs activities for children with sight loss which will enhance their other senses while enjoying fun and play.

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