Reaching out

Partner update: Tracy Wilson

July has been a busy month for OPTiC in York. Two of these events were held in the city centre and we were blessed with fabulous weather.

Raising Awareness of Good Eye Health and the Importance of Regular Eye Tests

Organised as a joint event with York Blind and Partially Sighted Society’s fundraising team, this was a community information day held in the main shopping area of York.

There were a few referrals to OPTiC for some follow up support and a volunteer enquiry. It was a really positive day and it was great to be able to see people leaving with a better awareness of the risks of losing ones sight and the impact that can have on daily life. Giving away yellow balloons and our pink elephant mascot also stimulated plenty of interest.

Action for Blind People – Mobile Resource Bus

This was a two-day event – the first in York city centre followed by the residential area of Acomb.

Action Bus

Day 1

Once again this was a very hot and busy day. The bus attracted a good number of people who came to seek information on services and support that is available to visually impaired people locally and nationally as well as to view the equipment that can benefit those living with sight loss. Being a city that attracts lots of visitors, we spoke to people from all parts of the UK and with the help of the staff on board the Action bus, they were provided with information relevant to their local area.

Day 2

This day attracted more local people and again they accessed the bus for a variety of reasons relating to sight loss.

Outcome?

The two days produced:

  • Several referrals to progress
  • Two new community group contacts to arrange to visit to present the OPTiC project
  • A key contact with Boots Opticians in York who are keen to engage in joint working with OPTiC locally, with events to begin in September.

Check out the events York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (YBPSS) have organised between July and December 2013!

OPTiC Event Diary York

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Optic is a partnership of trusted organisations which will enable older people, especially those with or at risk of sight-loss, to develop and implement strategies to manage the changes they encounter in later life and reduce isolation.
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