Kent Association for the Blind is the only local charity in Kent helping blind and partially sighted people live fulfilled, happy and safe lives. We provide a unique range of services to the thousands of people who need our help.
We provide support to all of our service users through a range of programmes, from mobility and rehabilitation training, equipment provision, assistive technology tuition and guidance, and talking news and magazines.
Last year our rehabilitation workers made 7,000 visits to people which equates to over 10,000 hours of training and guidance. Our workers transform people’s lives by providing expert training and advice on how to stay independent and to get the most out of life.
Our Assistive Technology teams continue to inspire sight impaired people to try new ways of communicating and interacting with an increasingly complex world.
Our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers provide a vital personal service to those individuals visiting hospitals. Importantly, they are there, in person, to guide and support those vulnerable individuals who may be coming to the hospital for the first time. New patients may not know where to go, may not be accompanied by a friend or family and can feel nervous and anxious as to what they may have to experience in having next stage tests done.
We are training more volunteers to become sighted guides, working in partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind. These guides will help the many blind and partially sighted people throughout Kent, get out and about and avoid being stranded in their homes.
We are also constantly striving to improve our services and have therefore developed a new Peer Support Programme which harnesses the experiences and skills of people who have already been through several stages of the sight loss journey. This programme will provide much needed advice, information and support for those in the early stages of their diagnosis, and will enable them to develop coping skills to empower them to move on with their lives.
Everything we do is tailored to the needs of our clients and to ensure that they have our support and advice throughout the whole of their sight loss journey, and to ensure that they can continue to lead independent lives.