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Project information

North Dorset Home Support service

To help people in North Dorset with sight loss maintain full, healthy, independent and socially active lives notwithstanding their sight loss.
The service also provides help and support for the family and carers of people with sight loss.


Charity information: Dorset Blind Association

Dorset Blind Association logo
  • Need


    The problems of isolation, loneliness and depression which easily affect people with sight loss, especially older people living in rural areas with little or no accessible community services or public transport.


    By providing a bespoke service which gives those people regular access to specialist advice, equipment and support and an ongoing and regular visit from a trained volunteer who will help with simple everyday living tasks and provide friendship and social company.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help elderly people with sight loss in North Dorset maintain independent, healthy and active life


    » Structured home visiting and support service managed by employed staff and using trained volunteers

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by testimonials received from the people we help and their friends and family.

  • Impact


    Project will help elderly people with sight loss in North Dorset maintain full, healthy, independent and socially active lives. This stops those people needing to access local health and social care services, at great public expense.




    Six monthly project reports and updates on the effectiveness of the services and numbers of people being helped by it.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,300 Salary and oncosts Salary for project worker
      £3,600 Home office and travel expense Expenses for project worker who is based working from home
      £1,400 Volunteer expenses Volunteer expenses
      £1,300 Project management Project management
  • Background


    North Dorset including the towns of Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Gillingham and Blandford Forum.


    Older people with sight loss living in the area

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We already provide this service very successfully and are seeking funding support to enable it to continue. No other charity provides a similar service in this area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Leah Cross

    Project Coordinator