Mobile service launced by sight loss charity

A new mobile support service operated by sight loss charity Vista is to tour communities in Melton borough during August.

The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will operate a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.

It will be manned by friendly staff and will feature an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support.

During their time on board, visitors can learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and how to spot conditions early.

They can also find out more about the support and services available through Vista and discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.

The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.

Paul Bott, Vista’s chief executive, said: “This exciting new project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people.

“We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’re taking our services on the road.”

A full list of dates, locations and times is available at www.vistablind.org.uk/mobilesupport