Somerset Sight is celebrating 20 years of our hugely successful Volunteer Visiting Service. The service, which was started in West Somerset, matches blind and partially sighted people with a volunteer for companionship and practical support.
Volunteers have been meeting across the county to celebrate this wonderful milestone with special anniversary cakes.
Kate McCallum, a visually impaired member of staff at our Resource Centre in Taunton has been visiting the groups to tell them about how she came to work at the charity last year. She also demonstrated various pieces of equipment including a pair of glasses made by Orcam. These ingenious glasses have a camera which can read text out loud and recognise faces. Kate also talked about the amazon echo and how it can help visually impaired people.
Holly Sutton, the charity’s Fundraising and Publicity Officer thanked them for all their hard work and told the volunteers all about plans for the upcoming focus week for the service in the first week in May. She said ‘we wanted to hold these gatherings to celebrate this brilliant milestone and to thank all our volunteers for their dedication and hard work.’
Somerset Sight are seeking new volunteers for the service and for other roles. Please ring them on 01823 333818 or visit their website on www.somersetsight.org.uk for more information.
Pictures show meetings of volunteers in Taunton, Minehead and Bridgwater