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2021 Round Up

As the year comes to a close we’d like to share some of our highlights from the past 12 months:

  • We sent out over 3000 newsletters in our biannual mailing
  • We supported 2,653 people during 2021, across our different services
  • We made 1,775 onward referrals during 2021
  • Our staff team made or received 7,090 phone calls during 2021
  • We facilitated NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Low Vision Clinics at our Glasgow headquarters in Queen’s Crescent.
  • We secured a three-year contract from Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership to deliver our Community Sensory Support Services for Working Age project
  • We became the provider of the Patient Support Service at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh
  • We completed our Shine On Access and Benefits Take Up projects
  • We won Visionary UKs “Disruption” award for our Shine On Access project!
  • We received a year’s funding for our Tech Works project
  • We received two years’ funding for our EyeCan! self-management courses
  • We were awarded a £10,000 grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund to carry out a feasibility study on our plans to redevelop our building in Queen’s Crescent: Project ForSight
  • We began the redevelopment of Queen’s Crescent
  • We have been awarded over £20,000 funding to purchase tech kits; we have a lending library in West Lothian and portable kits in Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • We created and expanded our Accessible Communications Working Group and recruited accessible communications volunteers to support us on our accessibility crusade
  • We have received funding from RS MacDonald charitable fund for two years for our brand new Reach project
  • We have revamped our website; as part of the revamp we created a blog, a space for people with a visual impairment to have their say and share their experiences
  • We launched our Edinburgh sensory directories in partnership with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership
  • We received funding in collaboration with Deafblind Scotland to deliver the Right to Dream project; this project aims to create a training package that teaches people with sensory loss about their human rights and how to become human rights champions within their local area

We’d like to say a very big “Thank You!” to all our staff, volunteers, partners, funders and supporters; we couldn’t have achieved all of the above without you!

We have lots of exciting and innovative developments on the horizon. We look forward to sharing these with you over the coming year as we continue making strides towards our mission of ensuring that everyone living with sight loss receives the right services at the right time.

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Written by: Natasha Johnston

Posted on the: December 31, 2021
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