Hertfordshire Society for the Blind gets cash boost from county councillors.
(10th November 2011)
People with visual impairments in Welwyn and Hatfield will have access to an advice and assessment service to help them regain their independence, thanks to funding from a number of Hertfordshire county councillors.
Councillor Clare Berry (Hatfield North) allocated a grant of £300 and Councillors Sara Johnston (Haldens), Malcolm Cowan (Handside and Peartree) and Steven Markiewicz (Welwyn Garden City South) allocated a grant of £150 each from their locality budgets to Hertfordshire Society for the Blind.
Hertfordshire Society for the Blind provides advice and support to people with a visual impairment. The funding will go towards the purchase of a low vision assessment start up kit, which will enable the qualified staff to assess and advise people about the most appropriate magnification and lighting to enable them to read, write and communicate effectively.
There are currently more than 3,000 people in Welwyn and Hatfield registered with the local authority as having sight loss, a number that is predicted to increase in the next few years.
The councillors agreed: “When people have a visual impairment, it is vital that they are offered the appropriate support to enable them to retain or regain their independence.
By giving Hertfordshire Society for the Blind the means to carry out assessments, it enables them to put support in place for people with low level needs so that health and social care professionals can focus their resources on more complex interventions.”
Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org/localitybudget.
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