Share London is our new social project, funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The funding award allows us to partner Londoners living with a visual impairment with local volunteers, who will support them to get out of their homes and engage in the vibrant social activities available in London.
The core service of BlindAid is outreach and we currently visit around 800 blind and partially sighted people across the 12 inner London boroughs that we operate in. We primarily aim this service at supporting people who are particularly isolated, which can be a common situation that visually people experience.
Our Sight Support Workers see service users once a fortnight for about an hour to provide emotional and basic, practical support (e.g. help with correspondence, making phone calls etc), but quite often this does not leave them with any time to take service users out of their homes.
A significant number of our service users would like the opportunity to get out to a local coffee shop, for a walk to a local park or perhaps a trip to a concert or to see a play – but lack the confidence/ability to do this independently.
Share London is our new, volunteer based service, designed to connect volunteers that would like to share the opportunities and events that are happening in our vibrant city with local, visually impaired people who would otherwise not be able to get out and experience them.
Share London is funded by The Big Lottery Community Fund
We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in undertaking social outings with our service users – things that you can enjoy together, like going for a walk and talk, coffee and a chat, visiting galleries, parks, theatres etc.
We work carefully to match people with similar interests to ensure that both parties enjoy the experience and have plenty to talk about.
With the support of dedicated volunteers, we aim to reduce social isolation and make a difference to people’s lives and well-being.
Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, we are currently looking for volunteers who would like to support isolated, visually impaired Londoners over the phone and we will be re instigating the social outing side of Share London as soon as is safe to do so.
Click here if you are interested in becoming a Share London volunteer!