Assisting the visually impaired of East Suffolk
ESAB offers a direct front-line support services for the Blind & visually impaired that are not available from any other organisation or statutory body within our area. Via our small team of Community Workers we try to address issues of health, welfare and social exclusion for those with sight loss
April 2012 - March 2013
East Suffolk Association For The Blind
Many visually impaired individuals suffer a lack of confidence in their abilities to perform normal daily activities - preparing food, taking medication etc. - and some become housebound and very insular as a result, many also have little or no family infrastructure to call upon. These factors, and the fact that East Suffolk is mainly a very rural environment where transport infrastructure is often very limited often leads to wider health issues and problems of social exclusion and isolation.
We aim to ensure our members maintain a safe and independent existence and an element of social interaction and interest. We provide Community Workers, who visit visually impaired people in their own homes to assess their needs and who then assist in implementing an appropriate action plan, including advising and sourcing if required relevant technological and daily living aids. Alongside this we facilitate social and sporting groups on a regular basis providing much needed companionship.
To ensure individuals with sight loss continue living independent, safe and socially inclusive lives
Activities» Community Workers will visit people at home to assess needs and provide direct assistance, including advising on sourcing daily living aids.
Success will be - Target of 2250 home visits achieved, monthly socials held in each of our Districts and no visually impaired individual seeking our help left wanting
the project will address the isolation and social exclusion of visually impaired individuals, leading to a healthier and more active visually impaired community taking a full part in their local society.
Major risk to the project is our abilities to continue funding the community based workers who undertake the home visits. To mitigate this we are seeking to maximise returns on our small reserves, trying to secure new sources of income. (inc. this project) plus we have initiated a regular giving scheme for our membership.
We are open to working with donors to set up whatever reporting is required in order to secure their support. We can utilise email, web sites, social media or written reports as may be required.
Budget - Project Cost: £160,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £160,000 Community Work Provision of community workers to undertake home visits to the visually impaired and related infrast
EASB covers a large geographical area of Suffolk from Lowestoft in the north to Shotley and Felixstowe in the south, and from the east coast westwards as far as Eye.
We currently support approx 1400 visually impaired people, but government statistics indicate this could be a small percentage of those that suffer from the various forms of sight loss. Statistics indicate an addressable population approaching 6000 within our geographical area, so we have some way to go to assist all of those potentially needing help.
We have successfuly delivered services to the visually impaired people of East Suffolk since our founding in 1914. Durring this time we have built up a very large support base of volunteerrs that facilitate and support our social events plus our long term interaction with the people of the area gives us an unrivelled knowledge of the local needs and circunstances. All of this places us in a very strong position to continue and build upon our success to date.
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Our Community Workers
These part time employees work from their home bases spread across our region. Their experience and knowledge will be absolutly key to the project.