Tameside Sight could be forced to close
Friday 23rd December 2016 13:13 Community Dukinfield News Posted by Adam Higgins

Tameside’s charity for blind and visually impaired people could be forced to close at the end of the year.

Tameside Sight, formerly Tameside Blind Association, could be forced to close its doors for good due to a loss of funding.

The charity has been funded for the past 14 years by the ‘Big Lottery Fund.’

The charity, based in Dukinfield, has been running the Community Support Project for over 15 years.

As well as providing support to 750 registered blind or visually impaired people in Tameside, the charity also offer advice to around 250 people who aren’t visually impaired, including doctors and opticians.

Jill Doidge, project co-ordinator at the charity, said: “There are no other services. The council’s Visual Impairment Team has only two staff and their budget has been cut as well.”

They offer guidance and information on dealing with visual impairments and give support with technology, odd jobs and letter reading. In addition the charity help those in need to purchase gadgets to help with independent living – all of which is given free of charge.

The gadgets include items which may not seem important, but are vital to someone with vision problems. They include household items such as talking clocks, talking microwaves, and even a talking measuring jug.

‘Emma’, from Hyde, lost her sight in her 20s and says that Tameside Sight has been a lifeline to her: “Whatever I ask or need the staff go beyond the call of duty to help me.”

The charity will now need to secure funding to continue and bosses were keen to point out the severity of the situation.

Anyone that thinks they may be able to help the charity should contact project coordinators Jill Doidge or Glenis Lee on 0161 343 6903 or 0161 343 4090.

 

By Lee Wild

 

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New Year Fears: Kind hearted volunteers at Tameside Sight don’t know what the future holds for the service