Why not become a member of Sight Support Derbyshire?
Sight Support Derbyshire want as many visually impaired people in the county as possible to benefit from our services.
The easiest way to find out what we’re doing in your area is to become a member. It’s free and it means we’ll be able to keep you updated on what equipment and services are available to help you. You’ll also receive a free newsletter twice a year.
Membership isn’t just for those with a visual impairment. Family members and carers of visually impaired people are welcome too!
Joining is easy. Simply click here to download the form. Print it off, fill it in and post it to:
Sight Support Derbyshire
Suite 2.2 - 2.10, 2nd Floor,
Derby DE24 8AA
Lucy was a successful fashion designer aged just 30 and with her own home when she developed Multiple Sclerosis. First she lost the sight in one eye, and 18 months later lost her remaining sight in her second eye.
Lucy went from having everything to being unable to work or drive in just a matter of months.
Lucy was left without support and desperately worried about her future. Sight Support Derbyshire helped Lucy make the most of her sight, and crucially, provided advice and guidance to ensure she could stay in her own home. Lucy has been volunteering for Sight Support Derbyshire and helping others suffering from sight loss ever since.
Jack is a gentleman in his early 60's with sight problems caused by a stroke. Jack also has Multiple Sclerosis and suffers from severe tremors, which make it impossible for him to hold conventional magnifiers. He was referred to Sight Support Derbyshire by his local optometrist.
We provided a monomouse electronic magnifier, supplied free of charge on a long-term loan through Sight Support Derbyshire's Low Vision Scheme. Early signs suggested the mouse was helping, although none of us were entirely sure.
Three weeks later, we made a follow-up call and the phone was answered by Jack's wife, who said: "Please don't ask for it back - he'll cry!" She went on to say how he was using the mouse constantly. While she was pleased this meant he could read his newspapers again, she wasn't quite so keen now that he could read all the bills too!
The monomouse electronic magnifier is just one example of the equipment that can be provided through the Low Vision Scheme, which is currently funded by the NHS.
To read more about our members' experiences, click here.
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