A word from our Patron, Dame Judi Dench

(31 May 2020 12:00 am)

I first became associated with Warwickshire Vision Support more than 25 years ago, when I was asked to write a foreword for the Warwickshire Talking Book Service. Like many others, I knew of friends and family members who were living with sight loss. I could see how sight loss changes so much about the way we live – the way proud independent people gradually lose their confidence, withdraw from everyday tasks and become more remote from family and friends as their sight deteriorates. This is the time when we most need help and support and Warwickshire Vision Support is there to help us.

We have over 250 dedicated volunteers who provide services on a daily basis for vulnerable visually impaired people across the whole of the county. Some of those volunteers have been actively engaged in supporting recreational clubs for over 40 years! Many of them are retired themselves whilst some are also visually impaired. Our volunteers deliver recreational clubs creating valuable social networks to those who have difficulty getting out of the home; provide a listening ear and a friendly face through our Home Visiting Service and embrace the challenge of technology which is revolutionising the way in which people living with sight loss can remain connected and engaged.

Warwickshire Vision Support, was founded on the ethos of community generosity and care, with the founding members committing time to support those who were most vulnerable within society. Today, that ethos remains strong with a vision of ensuring that all people living with sight loss in Warwickshire enjoy accessible services and support that promote independence, dignity and respect.

I am so proud that the volunteers of Warwickshire Vision Support have been been recognised for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Congratulations.

Dame Judi Dench.  Image courtesy Robert Wilson

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