Dorset Blind Association

Social Activity Clubs for Visually Impaired

Social and activity clubs for blind & visually impaired people across Dorset, to reduce isolation and improve quality of life. Funding to cover running costs of 25 social clubs and associated activities: activities; sport; craft; audio book clubs; entertainment and more.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1140321)

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£10,620

Donations

23

Championed by The Medlock Charitable Trust

  • “Dorset Blind Association gave me my life back”

    — Chris

  • "I would not gave been able to cope over the past few months without the help of my Community Support Worker. I don't know how I would have managed"

    — Sarah

  • "DBA changed my entire life with their services: especially the social clubs"

    — Val

Situation

Over 30,000 people in Dorset live with serious sight-loss. Many rural areas have few accessible community services or public transport and almost two-thirds of people registered blind or partially-sighted never or rarely go out, leading to loneliness and depression. The feeling that going outside the house is a task fraught with perils and obstacles ultimately leads to isolation and social exclusion, with many people eventually withdrawing from many aspects of everyday life.

Solution

Regular social clubs greatly improve the quality of life of people with visual impairments by promoting a more sociable lifestyle, helping them to make new friends: most of whom are in a similar position. This helps to their reduce reliance on local health and social care services that cost public money. Social clubs promote independence and address isolation issues, whilst the sports clubs improve fitness and promote teamwork. Our member surveys demonstrate these successes.