Silver Dreams in Staffordshire: an innovative new project to support older people with sight loss
October is the beginning of a new and exciting initiative in Stafford! The OPTiC (Older People Taking Control) project is a partnership of trusted organisations which will enable older people, especially those with or at risk of sight loss, to manage the changes they encounter in later life and reduce isolation.
Together, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Age UK, Action for Blind People, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society will support older people in Stafford and York to run:
- User-led courses and peer-support schemes, sharing practical knowledge and experience and providing emotional support to each other.
- Volunteer ‘buddying’ schemes, providing practical support on transport, hobbies, shopping and other daily tasks which can be challenging for vulnerable older people.
- ‘Change Exchange’ self-advocacy groups – campaigning for improvements in local services and facilities, demonstrating that older people can change the way society views older people and sight-loss.
Look out for updates and real life experiences of people identified as having sight loss through this project and their journey to receiving treatment, support and beyond.