Project information

Shopping Escort Service

To assist blind and partially sighted people to do their own shopping by escorting them from their home to the supermarket, assist with prices and choice, escorting them home again and helping them to put shopping away.


Charity information

Teesside & District Society for the Blind

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  • Need


    Blind and partially sighted have difficulty in obtaining the correct brand of goods and selecting the best price. They also have difficuly finding their way around a supermarket and the various obstacles encountered.


    Our volunteer will assist the person with their shopping, finding the brand of goods they require and reading labels and prices, also being able to point out the two for one offers, etc. The volunteer will also look after the persons safety and help them to avoid obstacles that may be in their path.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To promote independence in the lives of blind and partially sighted people living Teesside area


    » By assisting the person to carry out their own shopping and have their own choice as to which brand they purchase.

    Success will be acheived by the blind or partially sighted person choosing their own goods.

  • Impact


    Independence of choice of goods. Choosing the shops they wish to shop in and knowing which goods they have in their homes.


    Obstacles - our volunteer will ensure the blind or partially sighted person is safe at all times.


    Trustee Report
    Quarterly Newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Vol. Co-ordinator Training, Handbooks, Monthly contacts
      £3,000 Vol. Expenses Travel expenses incurred during shopping escort
      £1,000 Enhanced CRB Enhanced CRB disclosures on all volunteers
  • Background


    Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton local authority areas.


    Blind and partially sighted people living in the Teesside area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Centrally based with team of 81 volunteers committed to the social welfare of visually impaired people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Rona Aston

    Manager - oversees smooth running of all project.

    Mrs Sue Simpson

    Recruits and trains all volunteers. Makes monthly contact to ensure link between volunteer and client is working well.

    Mrs June Jessop

    Volunteer - collects and escorts blind lady every week with her shopping. June assists with finding way around shop, choosing products and prices.

    Mr George Forsyth

    Volunteer - collects and escorts client shopping once a fortnight. Assists with choice and prices. Assists with putting shopping away.