6 November 2017
The only charity providing direct services for adult visually impaired people, their families and carers in Wakefield, needs votes to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017.
Wakefield District Sight Aid is relying on votes to increase their chances of winning funding of up to £10,000 which they hope will enable them to expand their Community Outreach Project thereby reaching more visually impaired people in their local communities. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.
The charity was formed in 1869. Originally known as West Riding Blind Association, it became Wakefield District Sight Aid in 2010. With its combined team of committed staff, trustees and volunteers, its mission is to:
- Support anyone affected by sight impairment to maintain their independence and confidence
- Improve its services to meet the growing needs of the people in the district
- Remain economically viable
The key outcomes the organisation provides for local people with sight impairments are:
- Improving safety, confidence, independence and welfare at home
- Reducing social isolation
Hayley Grocock, Chief Executive Officer at Wakefield District Sight Aid, says: “Our Community Outreach Project is focused on improving wellbeing by bringing our valuable services to different localities across the district. Our outreach work enables our members to get specialist advice and information, or simply enjoy a coffee and socialise in a friendly, supportive environment in their local community. This is particularly important for mental wellbeing, as loneliness and social isolation can be a real issue for some of our members, many of whom find it difficult to travel. This funding will enable us to expand what we are able to offer, particularly in the East of the district where 49% of our members live.”
To get behind Wakefield District Sight Aid and help make a difference in your local community, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2439 and submit your vote before 21 November 2017.
For more information on Wakefield District Sight Aid, visit www.wdsa.org.uk, like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Wakefield-District-Sight-Aid-281263102024268/ or follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/WDSightAid