Foundation opens doors
The Blind Foundation will hold its first ‘‘pop-up’’ open day at Balclutha next week.
The public are invited to find out more about what the Blind Foundation does, and how it can support people in South Otago at the event, on Tuesday.
It will include free information sessions on how people who have low vision or are blind can keep reading by using tools and technology.
Blind Foundation national customer service and advice manager Denise Kitto said Balclutha would be the third pop-up event held as part of a plan to boost connections with people in places without a Blind Foundation office.
‘‘The pop-ups are a new way for anyone curious about what we do to come by, have a cuppa on us and find out how we help people adjust to deteriorating vision so they can get on with living the life they want.’’
About 1000 people in Otago use the service and 12,000 nationally. However, a Blind Foundation spokesperson estimated that about 30,000 people who were blind or had low vision could be accessing the services, so the pop-ups were being held to create awareness.
It also provides a vision rehabilitation service, to help people adjust to and make the most of living beyond vision loss.
Last year, the foundation opened two new offices, which brings the national total to 18.
It also continues to visit people at their homes through- out New Zealand.
People might be surprised to learn that although the organisation has the word ‘’’blind’’ in its name, three out of every four people who use the Blind Foundation’s services are not blind, Kitto said.
‘‘You don’t need to be blind to benefit from the services we have to support with vision loss.’’
The open day will held from 11am to 3pm on Tuesday, June 12, at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, Renfrew St, Balclutha.
You don’t need to be blind to benefit from the Blind Foundation’s services, which also supports vision loss.