Mobile Support Service Heads to Syston

Local sight loss charity Vista has launched a brand new Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss in Leicestershire.
The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will tour the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.
During June it will visit a variety of locations across the Charnwood region, and will be at Syston Community Centre on Monday 8th June, 1.30pm to 4.00pm.
1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Vista will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.
Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:
– Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
– Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
– Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.
The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.
Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said: “This exciting new project enables us to increase awareness of avoidable sight loss, in particular amongst older people. We believe that advice and support should be available in even the most rural communities, so we’re taking our services on the road.”
A full list of dates, locations and times is available on our website at www.vistablind.org.uk/mobilesupport