Charity information

MOORVISION

Moorvision is a support group in Devon for families with children or young people (0-21yrs) who are blind or visually impaired. We also welcome visually impaired (VI) parents, grandparents and carers of VI or fully sighted children.

We have 47 families in the group and the children have a wide range of visual impairments and some have additional needs and/or multiple disabilities. Three of the adult members are themselves also visually impaired.

The group provides an opportunity to get together and talk through all the issues that affect us and our children. We have regular family days out; parent and carer evenings and training days; a newsletter; a comprehensive database of information; a website and a Facebook page; and we are just about to start running a tactile book and toy library. The aim of the group is to provide support and information and to reduce the isolation so often felt by VI children and their families which is especially important in these very rural and often isolated areas. As sight loss is not common in the young, most of our children are the only ones with this problem at their schools and the group is their only chance to meet other children in the same position.

Moorvision became a registered charity in July 2009 and is run by a management committee that meets regularly. It is run entirely on a voluntary basis – there are no staff or rent costs. The management committee is comprised of 5 parent members as well along with two retired professionals – both ex teachers/advisory teachers of VI children, one of whom himself is registered blind. The group has a constitution and policies on Child Protection, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality (which can all be sent on request).

Founded 2007