will now be amalgamating with West Suffolk Sight to form
Suffolk Sight is the new sight-loss charity for Suffolk, created by amalgamating the East Suffolk Association for the Blind with West Suffolk Sight. Its purpose is to improve the lives of people who are affected by sight loss throughout Suffolk.
Over the coming months we will be integrating the operations of the two charities, so please bear with us as we do this.
We will be having a new Suffolk Sight website launching soon. In the interim East Suffolk Association for the Blind and West Suffolk Sight's websites and information on our services will still be available.
The Association works across East Suffolk from Shotley in the south to Lowestoft in the north and from the coast inland as far as Eye. As a charity, we raise all of our funds ourselves and use them to provide support for around 1,400 local blind and partially sighted people in East Suffolk.
The Association aims to provide welfare across the age spectrum, but inevitably the vast majority of our members are over 80 years of age. We do not currently deliver services specifically for children and young people. However we do signpost parents and carers to other organisations who cater for them, including voluntary organisations, local authorities, education and library departments, and carer organisations.
We work closely with Sensing Change who are the Sensory Services team in Suffolk County Council that provide statutory services such as social work and rehabilitation to people with sight and/or hearing loss throughout Suffolk. We also work with national charities for the visually impaired such as the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Blind Veterans (UK).
This branch of the Charity was formed in 2002 to assist blind and visually impaired members on the Shotley Peninsula.
In normal circumstances, a Social is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Stutton Community Hall from 2pm until 4pm when we have a Speaker, musician or entertainer, followed by tea and a raffle. Due to Coronavirus our offices are currently closed and our social club meetings have been suspended. Our staff are working from home and we continue to provide services remotely. We can be contacted via the telephone on 01284 748800 or 01473 611011 or email email@example.com and we will answer any questions or provide any additional information you may need.
During the winter months of November and January, when it becomes dark early, the meetings begin at 12.30 when a light lunch is provided. If transport is required, then we endeavour to assist if possible. In July and December members enjoy a lunch at a local hotel.
Membership is free of charge, but donations are always very welcome to keep the Club running.
If you have sight problems and feel you would be interested in attending, please telephone our Community Worker, Ian Hunt.
We are always grateful for volunteer drivers to assist us and if anyone has an afternoon to spare once a month and would like to help with transport, then please telephone Barbara McDonald.
Local contacts: Jean Miller - 01473 788507
Transport - Barbara McDonald - 01473 328907
Community Worker - Ian Hunt - 01473 788380