“Our vision is of a world where sight loss does not limit or determine opportunity.”
Leading the Way
Focus Birmingham provides expert support for people in the West Midlands with sight loss and other disabilities – as well as their family, friends and carers. Enabling those they work with to reach their full potential is at the heart of what Focus Birmingham does.
Over 29,000 people in Birmingham – and more than 2 million people across the UK – live with sight loss. It prevents people from driving and from working. As a result of this, it can also lead them to feel lonely and become depressed. Each year, Focus Birmingham works with 7,000 people of all ages and backgrounds to support them in living independent and happy lives.
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How Focus Helps
Whether someone has been blind since birth or is only just starting to deal with the onset of sight loss, Focus Birmingham offers a range of vital services to help. These include:
The Low Vision Centre
The Low Vision Centre provides a full range of services for those struggling with sight loss. As past winners of The Association of Optometrists’ ‘Specialist Eyecare Practice of the Year’ award, the Low Vision Centre is leading the way in eye care.
At Millward Place, Focus Birmingham provides 24-hour residential care to disabled adults who have lost full use of their sight. It houses over a dozen apartments, each one specially designed around the needs of the tenant. Residents at Millward Pace have a safe and secure home for life, where trained carers help them to live as independently as is possible.
Eye-Contact is a course lasting from six to eight weeks, for those who have only recently begun to deal with sight loss. As part of the course, Focus Birmingham hosts seminars with a range of speakers. They cover a range of topics from how to keep safe and how to access support services, to advice on benefits. On top of this, participants can meet and make friends with people who are in a similar situation.
The onset of sight loss doesn’t just cause practical problems. Focus Birmingham offers counselling, as well as other services, to support those with feelings of grief over their loss.
Exploring thoughts and fears about sight loss, the counselling service can help people come to terms with the changes in their lives and to move forward positively.
Sight loss can be isolating. It can cause people to lose confidence and withdraw from taking part in social activities. Focus Birmingham has a team of volunteers whose role is to visit people affected by these issues in their homes.
Visitors offer support with tasks that are easy to take for granted. This includes shopping, attending doctor’s appointments, and even simply reading out the mail. They are specially trained and are always a friendly face to have around. The service provides both companionship and practical assistance, and helps those who use it to continue living independently.
Want to know more? Please go to the Focus Birmingham website for more details.
If you would like to help support Focus Birmingham, please donate now. All the money received goes towards helping those who have sight loss or other disabilities. Any donation will make a life-changing difference to the people that Focus Birmingham works with and supports. Thank you.