If you have a sight impairment or know someone who may be struggling with their eyesight then the Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society may be the able to help. Based in Louth, our charity is entirely independent serving visually impaired people throughout North and North East Lincolnshire, East and West Lindsey and Lincoln City.
Severe visual impairment such as blindness or partial sight that cannot be corrected by spectacles is extremely debilitating because when you lose your sight, you can lose more than just your ability to see. It can feel like your world is falling apart. Those who have lost some or all of their vision always welcome empathy from people who care but they also need equipment, practical advice and training so they can get on with their lives despite sight loss.
Sufferers do not have to be registered with a visual impairment or even have a referral from a doctor or optometrist to get our help. The person themselves, a family member or a friend can telephone, email, call in person or write to us and we will send a Sight Impairment Officer to visit and carry out an assessment, our contact details are at the bottom of this article.
As well as our Sight Impairment Officers, we have an army of volunteers who receive on-going support, guidance and training and can take on a range of roles, from helping at social groups, recording our talking newspapers, befriending, helping at eye clinics, or with administration, fundraising, IT support or as a Trustee. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Administrator Eve Roach on 01507 605604 or by email email@example.com to learn more.
At present we serve 1460 people in our area, 75% of whom are over 65, with new referrals coming in every week. Many more use our services but are not on our formal register. We are a local independent charity, and we receive no government, local authority or statutory funding – all our funds come from bequests, charitable donations and charitable grants. If you would like to make a donation to help us carry on this vital work, please call us on 01507 605604, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website www.llbs.co.uk for more information.