Although I was not born in Warwickshire, my connection to Stratford upon Avon and my love for the Royal Shakespeare Company has meant that Warwickshire has played an enormous part in both my personal and professional life.
I first became associated with Warwickshire Association for the Blind when I was approached to write a forward to the Catalogue for the Warwickshire Talking Book Service more than 15 years ago. Like many other people, I knew family members and friends living with sight loss who missed the written word and who felt cut off from so much of our rich culture.
Sight loss changes the way we live. We see proud independent people gradually losing their confidence and withdrawing from life - shopping, visiting family and meeting friends becomes more challenging as our sight deteriorates. This is when we most need help and support and WAB is there to help us.
Today, the number of people living with sight loss is increasing at an alarming rate. There are now more than 15,500 people living with permanent sight loss in Warwickshire. These people need our support to enable them to continue to live full and independent lives.
Warwickshire Association for the Blind has been providing that support for more than a hundred years. From initial assessments and rehabilitation services, through to advice and information; access to essential resources; and, of course that essential social support that so many people living with sight loss need so much – WAB continues to offer an excellent quality service to its members.
On a personal level, many of you will have heard of my own struggle with sight loss. My recent diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration has brought its own challenges. But I am a firm believer that with the right support we can continue to work, continue to explore our world and continue to live life to the full.
Why not join us at Warwickshire Association for the Blind and make a real difference?
Dame Judi Dench
WVS is managed by a Board of Trustees/Directors who donate their time, experience and skills for the development of WAB.
Images of Dame Judi courtesy of Sarah Dunn (sarahdunn.com)