The Island’s oldest working charity, created to support more than 6,000 Islanders who are visually impaired, is opening its doors to anyone who wants to know more on Saturday 11th September, from 10:30-15:30.

This year Sight for Wight are working with representatives from 10 other national and local organisations, so it will be a one-stop shop for advice, help, equipment and support for Islanders living with their eye conditions – or anyone wanting to understand more about what support is available.

Other organisations set to attend include Blind Veterans UK, Macular Society, Optelec, RNIB, RNID, Touchpoint Vision, Isle Access, People Matter IW, VisionAid and Guide Dogs.

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CEO Lisa Hollyhead explains:

“Sight for Wight supports members through their entire low vision journey, from diagnosis onwards. As someone born legally blind but also someone who is losing their hearing rapidly I understand what having both a lifelong sensory loss is like and what losing a second sense also brings.

“I understand first-hand how important it is to receive the right help at the right time so this open day is doing just that.  We, as a charity, cannot provide everything, but we can understand you as an individual and point you in the right direction when we cannot help directly.

“We want everyone to reach a level of independence that they feel comfortable with, and to that end we are offering door-to-door transport and even lunch for any Islander living with any level of visual impairment so please come along and see what we are getting up to at Millbrooke House.”

Sight for Wight activities now include:

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  • Social events and a befriending service
  • One-to-one support and a chance to try equipment
  • Information about our Audio Library and weekly Talking News service
  • Family support and/or working age group activities
  • Referrals to 15 other support organisations, all there to offer individual help to you.

To book your place to attend, for lunch and/or transport call 01983 522205 or email [email protected].

Sight for Wight is based at Millbrooke House, 137 Carisbrooke Road, Newport.

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