Community Fund assists visually impaired people

Monday Sep 26, 2022

We were thrilled to be invited to visit Support 4 Sight recently, one of the beneficiaries of the Chelmsford Star Community Fund, and we arrived just in time for a bustling coffee morning!

The weekly gathering is just one of the benefits the charity is able to deliver through funding, allowing people with all sorts of visual impairments to meet socially on a level playing field.

Support 4 Sight, a previous winner of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, helps people with visual impairment throughout Essex to maintain their independence and a good quality of life. They do this through specialist technology and demonstrations, social and creative activities, helping with admin, and by offering a telephone careline.

Chelmsford Star’s Membership Committee reviews charity applications and determines which receive a grant and for how much. Committee Chair, Pauline Dodd, said; “It was clear from their application how worthwhile Support 4 Sight is to those who need its services, and having seen the charity in action we definitely made the right decision.”

Support 4 Sight’s CEO, Sharon Shaffer, said; “The funding we have received from the Chelmsford Co-op Star has helped enable Support 4 Sight to provide a social and support hub for the sight loss community in mid and west Essex; a safe space for blind and partially sighted people to rebuild their social involvement and combat the isolation of the pandemic years.”

For more information on Chelmsford Star’s Community Fund click here.

For more information on Support 4 Sight click here.