Sectors Disability Care
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Registered Charity Number 1062354
Since 1920, Kent Association for the Blind has been supporting people with a sight impairment to live independent lives. Founded as a result of the returning war blinded soldiers during World War I, our work is needed now more so than ever.
We give vital advice, guidance and support to people who have a sight impairment – helping them to use the remaining sight that they have. As only 4% of people who are registered as sight impaired are completely blind, we help people to be as independent as they can be. We do this through mobility training, cookery skills and aids/adaptations. We also provide emotional support to help people feel more confident carrying out everyday tasks.
Our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers work within hospitals across Kent and Bromley, offering advice and comfort to people who have been given bad news about their sight. Our goals are to reassure them, give them advice and signpost them to services and organisations who may help.
We also have a 1-2-1 support service helping people with sight and hearing loss. This service is often a lifeline for people who are at risk of isolation.
We know that there is an increase in people who have sight conditions and this will only get worse. We therefore place great importance on raising awareness of the causes of sight loss – including smoking, not wearing protective goggles or sunglasses and eating poorly. We recommend that people get their eyes tested at least every two years and work with opticians to help raise awareness of this through our Love your Eyes campaign.
With Sight Centres across Kent, in Maidstone, Canterbury and Bromley, we also have offices in Medway and Gravesend. Most of our work is carried out in people’s homes and welcome people to our Centres for clubs and assistive technology training, on appointment.