Project information

Mobile Low Vision Advice & Support - "Beacon Bus"

Beacon Bus is enables low vision advise and products to be taken to the heart of the community, enabling accessibility to a service that may not have been accessible previously. It raises awareness of sight loss & support not only to the individual but to their families and friends.

Funding will enable us to further develop and expand this service and will be an ongoing part of the Beacon's provision

Charity information: Beacon Centre for the Blind

Beacon Centre for the Blind logo
  • Need


    Deliver a reliable and flexible mobile advice and resource service; raise awareness of the available services and organisations that support those experiencing sight loss; mitigate acute care costs e.g. A&E admissions from falls, by identifying and providing appropriate support in a timely and cost effective way; Raise awareness of the issue of sight loss amongst at risk groups and in turn encourage better take up of preventative screening services


    More people with sight loss across have access to & are advised on preventing and living with sight loss
    Evidence is collected that informs a potential business case for investment and need
    Uptake of health screening amongst most at risk groups is improved
    Beacon raises its profile and is able to attract more clients for its full range of services
    More families, friends and caring professionals have an understanding of the impact of sight loss & can better support their loved ones & clients

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Further develop and expand the reach of a reliable and flexible mobile advice and resource service


    » Attend venues and areas with high footfall of the required demographics
    » Deliver sight awareness talks in a variety of community organisations including schools & care establishments
    » Provide regular 'drop-in' services in key places increasing accessibility to service provision & advice
    » Attend community events, profiling Beacon services

    Monitoring and evaluating services, recording data on clients seen, needs and follow on advise and support

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness of the available services and organisations that support those experiencing sight


    » Deliver sight awareness talks in a variety of community organisations including schools & care establishments
    » Provide a regular and visible presence at key venues such as hospitals and care establishments
    » Link with & partake in national campaigns with sight loss related conditions such as Diabeties

    Increase number of training courses provided
    Increased number of organisations credited with the Sight Friendly Award

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of the issue of sight loss amongst at risk groups


    » Build on links with BME communities where sight loss conditions are prevalent
    » Build on and develop links with health & well-being and preventative services, showcasing & marketing provision

    Increased number of venues attend
    Increased number of sight awareness session given

    Aim 4

    Work with other providers in the health & social care sector to improve services to at risk groups


    » Sight Awareness Training & Advice
    » Sight Friendly Award - training and support to enable organisations to become 'sight friendly'

    Increased number of referrals to Beacon provision
    Increased number of corporate sight loss courses delivered
    Measure impact of tailored provision and impact on other services

  • Impact


    Visual impairment takes many forms; for some it is a lifelong condition; genetic disorder or a health related acquired condition, or the result of other complex needs. Whatever the case may be, there are many barriers that inevitably affect the individual, their families, carers and friends. It has no age barrier which is reflected in services we provide. We aim to enable VI people to increase knowledge, independence and feel socially inclusive.


    Funding is the main risk to this programme delivery. It is vital that Beacon is able to take services into the heart of the community and to those who would not access it otherwise


    Social Media & website marketing, updates - celebrating & showcasing success and services
    Regular reports as required
    Local media coverage
    Beacon's Talking Newspaper

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £39,554

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,057 Running Costs fuel, maintenance etc
      £2,000 License fee Various licences required for community/town access
      £21,541 Salary Coordinator FTE
      £7,956 Salary Admin support PT
      £500 Volunteers Volunteers cost
      £2,500 Expense Additional expenses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Grant £4,500 Guaranteed
    Legacy £5,057 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Beacon is the main provider of service for visually impaired people across the Black Country and South Staffordshire. The Beacon Bus has predominantly focused its delivery in those areas. However, the service is responsive to the demographic needs and requirements and is therefore flexible and is required to expand this reach locally


    People of all ages living with sight loss and/or sight loss related conditions, registered or otherwise

    Health professionals and Care providers

    Family and friends

    Employers and potential employers

    General population made aware of sight loss related conditions and the importance of regular eye tests

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Began has been providing services to visually impaired people since 1875. It has strong and respected links across all sectors. It has a proven track record of delivery, developing new and innovative provision and is responsive and reflective of the needs of its unique client group.
    Beacon has an outstanding track record of contract delivery and it at the forefront of development for services and technology supportive of visually impaired people of all ages.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pete Moodie

    Sight Loss Information Officer