Project information

Sight impaired of Somerset leave loneliness behind


To help an additional 50 elderly people who are visually impaired, lonely and isolated. Everyday tasks become very difficult. Fantastic support from our Volunteer Visiting Service enables them to remain in their own home, enjoy a good quality of life, be socially active & stay independent.

1 year

Charity information: Somerset Sight Limited

Somerset Sight Limited
  • Need

    Need

    Severe sight loss affects one in 3 people over 75. It can happen to any person at any time and is very frightening and isolating. Some people lose their sight in a matter of days but for most it creeps up as part of the ageing process. Just imagine not being able to read a book, recognise friends, pop to the shops or navigate your own garden. The Volunteer Visiting Service is super effective as we match people carefully so they can live a fuller, active and independent life.

    Solution

    Enabling elderly people, with visual impairment to have the specialist volunteer support they need, in their own home to:
    Reduce loneliness and isolation.
    Improve well- being and integration.
    Enable them to remain independent and socially active.
    Have reliable support networks to call upon.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce loneliness and isolation

    Activities

    » Spend time with other people when they previously may have had no other contact and would have been constantly isolated.

    Questionnaires designed to evaluate the impact of a Volunteer Visitor will be completed by service users and their carers/ family.


    Aim 2

    Improve well- being and integration.

    Activities

    » Go for walks and stay fit, healthy and active. This will not only improve physical wellbeing but also mental wellbeing.

    Questionnaires designed to evaluate the impact of a Volunteer Visitor will be completed by service users and their carers/ family.


    Aim 3

    Enable them to remain independent and socially active

    Activities

    » They will become less dependent on others and able to do more themselves. They may develop a social circle and become more active in their community.

    Questionnaires designed to evaluate the impact of a Volunteer Visitor will be completed by service users and their carers/ family.


    Aim 4

    Have reliable support networks to call upon.

    Activities

    » Volunteer Visitors, Somerset Sight and other visually impaired they meet will become a sound support network as and when they need it.

    Questionnaires designed to evaluate the impact of a Volunteer Visitor will be completed by service users and their carers/ family.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our overall aim is to enable them to make the most of their remaining sight and continue to do the things they enjoy, despite their sight loss.
    Receiving quotes like this one shows how important and life changing projects like this are.
    “I just love the visits from my volunteer and look forward to them so much. We go out every time, we never stop talking and we have such a giggle together, I just love seeing her, she makes so much difference to how I feel!”

    Risk

    The risks are insufficient volunteers, high turnover of volunteers, insufficient funding.
    Somerset Sight is experienced in managing risks and will use data collected to ensure that any problems come to light early on.

    Reporting

    6 monthly updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,300 staff salaries Matching 50 Service Users to Volunteers
      £1,000 Recruitment of Volunteers Recruitment of Volunteers
      £1,200 Rural community travel For Volunteers
      £1,200 Training Training and introductions of Volunteers
      £1,500 Management Ongoing management of Volunteers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Community fundraising is used for management costs and overheads £5,256 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Somerset is a large rural county with an above average number of elderly people many of whom live in small hamlets with no public transport. This project covers the whole of Somerset.

    Beneficiaries

    50 Elderly visually impaired people and their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only local independent sight loss charity in Somerset. Our staff are expertly trained in sight impairment and we are renowned for the excellence of our service.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteer Co-Ordinator

    Identifying and recruiting suitable volunteers and Service Users. Matching them according to personality and interests and ongoing management.

    Community Development Officer

    Advertise and explain the service to potential participants.

    Matched Volunteers

    To support the visually impaired with correspondence, trips out and tasks they find difficult.

    Management

    Managing the service to ensure it is financially viable and sustainable.