Charity achieves success in 2023

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End of year report reveals many achievements for staff and services

Southend in Sight have reviewed their services for 2023 indicating successes in use of services and activities, creating a huge benefit to the local blind and partially sighted community. 

Figures include over 1,500 sessions where either telephone advice took place, in-person appointments or the drop-in service, benefitting over 480 people living with sight loss.  102 tech sessions were held, 37 for help with form filling – vitally important during the current cost of living crisis, with 200 new people coming to Southend in Sight for support in 2023. 

The charities social activities expanded to include a choir, line dancing, a talking book club, ‘Fun Friday’, including their regular coffee mornings and weekly bowling.  Overall, 117 events took place for all ages resulting in 166 local people benefitting.  The ‘Talk & Support’ service continues with 13 volunteers supporting staff to make calls to local visually impaired people.  Southend in Sight’s hospital service funded until 2026, and managed by the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, continues to offer emotional and practical support after diagnosis.  In fact, 1,059 patients were supported at Southend Hospital’s Eye Clinic last year alone.

Southend in Sight CEO Lucy Martin said ““I am so proud of our team here at Southend in

Sight, who work hard to fulfil our mission to support anyone living locally with sight loss, whatever their age and need.”

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