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Project information

Community Outreach

Support to provide a home visiting service for older people living in isolated rural areas whose sight is deteriorating. utilising aids and equipment enable independence in the home and assistive technology to keep in contact with family and the local community.

February 2018 - February 2020

Charity information: Sight Advice South Lakes

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  • Need


    Every year, we help over 1200 visually impaired people who are suffering from the traumatic effects of sight loss and visual impairment. Deteriorating sight is extremely stressful & can lead to depression, loss of confidence and isolation. 79% of our service users are people over 65 years of age and many live in small rural towns and villages. Most older people are particularly vulnerable at the point at which sight deteriorates significantly & this is often exacerbated by rural isolation


    Your funding will contribute to the cost of providing a home visiting service for older people whose sight is deteriorating or who are finding it difficult to manage and technology support for those who want to use computers, tablets and smart phones to communicate. We know that early intervention and the provision of a range of practical and emotional support makes all the difference.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to reduce isolation in rural areas and promote independence


    » home visits, providing information and advice on a wide range of aids and equipment. Practical and emotional support which can be one off or on-going.

    What success will look like

    Between April 2016 and March 2017, the project supported 146 older people (242 visits in all) and supported 74 people by phone.

  • Impact


    Through the home visit assessment, information and emotional support given and referral into other agencies if necessary we would expect older people living with sight loss in rural communities to be feel more confident living with their condition following our support
    We will demonstrate this through capturing information through two health and well being questionnaires. One at initial contact and one 6 months later


    This is a well established service that the Charity has been delivering for over 15 years. Over the last two years we have seen a steeped increase in demand for this service and are aware this is an area we need to develop.


    We will send all donors a copy of our annual review if requested

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Community Outreach Home Visits across South Lakes to 40 older people living in rural areas

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Henry Smith £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    A significant proportion of the population live in villages and hamlets and over 50% do not have direct access to a regular bus route. 2,300 people have a significant visual impairment. This figure is predicted to rise to 3,500 by 2030. Many are left isolated as they grow older because younger family members have had to move away in search of affordable housing or they themselves have retired to Cumbria leaving their children in other areas of the country.


    Isolated and vulnerable older people who are living with sight loss

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only sight loss Charity in the South Lakeland area. We have been delivering services locally since 1956 and have a long standing respect trust and engagement with the local community

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Community Development Coordinator

    - To provide home visits to 40 local older people living with sight loss