Wales Council of the Blind.
Wales Council of the Blind is the umbrella agency representing vision impairment within Wales. We work to campaign, lobby and support the improvement of services for people with sight loss. [Read more...]
Deafblind Awareness Week 2016
Deafblind Awareness Week 2016 is now underway. The organisation Sense is focussing on 'older people', with an estimated 222,000 people in the UK aged over 70 living with both sight and hearing loss. Deafblind UK will be helping people to identify sight and hearing loss, which can happen to anyone gradually over a period of time.
Sense has produced a booklet, Enjoy Life, which aims to help you understand what an older person is going through, how you can help and where to go for more support. For more information, and to read the booklet, click here.
You can read about Deafblind UK's activities, and how they can help, on their website.
Wales Eye Care Statistics for 2015/16 published
Welsh Government eye care statistics were released on 21st June, and show broadly an increase in the take up of the NHS Eyecare services in Wales. You can find out more and read the report here.
The increased take-up of the Low Vision service is a welcome indication of improved awareness of the facility. Similarly, the Diabetic Eye Screening Wales service has seen an increase in the number of patients screened for diabetic retinopathy. Over a quarter of the 126,513 patients examined were found to have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) and registration figures have dropped but, as pointed out by RNIB Cymru on their website, these do not give a true picture of the extent of serious sight loss in Wales.
LOOK Cymru relaunch event in Caerphilly on 16th July
Has your child got a vision impairment? Or are you a young adult aged between 18 and 29 years? Then come along for coffee, cakes and chat at Van Road URC, Caerphilly, CF83 1JZ on Saturday 16th July from 11 am to 2 pm.
Look UK has supported children with sight problems ever since it was founded in Cardiff 25 years ago. This meeting is to relaunch Look Cymru to widen this work in Wales. The organisation will work with families to support children and each other by talking, planning and acting. Bring your children to the event - fun and games will be provided. Bring your ideas. For more information contact Jennifer Bowen on 07503 217535 or email@example.com.