SIGHT ADVICE SOUTH LAKES
Sight Advice South Lakes (Sight Advice) was formed in 1956 and provides are variety of services to support visually impaired people in the South Lakes area of Cumbria. Sight Advice is an independent local charity and relies on donations, grants and legacies to maintain its services.
Our mission statement is:
"Sight Advice South Lakes aims to support people with visual impairment to improve the quality of their lives, together with promoting a greater awareness of sight issues."
To enable the mission to be achieved the charity has the following aims:
- To enable visually impaired people to live independently.
- To provide practical and emotional support to visually impaired people and their families and carers.
- To enable visually impaired people to access social support and activities.
- To promote awareness of sight issues and campaign with, and on behalf over, visually impaired people.
Supporting over 700 visually impaired people requires many resources and fortunately we are supported by 140 volunteers and without their help Sight Advice would not be able to operate. We are a member led charity with a volunteer Trustee Board.
Sight Advice has its main office in The Bradbury Centre, 116 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE but our services are provided throughout our area which is shown on this map.
CUMBRIA SOCIETIES FOR THE BLIND
Sight Advice is one of five sight loss charities in Cumbria which are working together as a consortium to improve services and affect change for visually impaired people in our county as a whole. To do this we are fortunate to have a Development Officer who works on behalf of us.
To be able to support our members takes a large amount of resources and funding, so as a small independent charity Sight Advice benefits from a lot of community fundraising and receives many kind grants and donations. In addition, over recent years we have also started two social entreprises which are businesses that transfer all their profits to support Sight Advice.
Sight Advice is a member of the national organisation called Visionary. Visionary supports local sight loss charities to enable blind and partially sighted people achieve their full potential as independent citizens. It works in partnership with others to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people throughout the UK and also campaigns at a national level on behalf of all local sight loss organisations.