October 2015
Leading vision support charity, South East London Vision (SELVis), has announced that they will be providing new ground-breaking local services for the visually impaired community in Greenwich.

Blind and partially sighted people often face significant barriers when trying to access the support services and information they need, through both a lack of awareness about what services are on offer, as well as a lack of provision, and SELVis will be running a wide range of activities to combat this.

SELVis works to promote inclusion and foster community building amongst people living with sight loss. Regular coffee mornings will be run to engage and connect people with visual impairments from across Greenwich, providing them with the opportunity to meet new people, discuss the challenges they face, and drive forward solutions developed at a local level.

People living with a visual impairment often experience isolation, and SELVis focusses on improving the quality of life of service users through locally-based activities such as peer support groups, sight loss information and advice workshops, and other social activities. As part of the programme, SELVis will be inviting people with sight loss to discuss which services they would like to be delivered, in order to create services specific to the Borough.

In South East London, there are currently over 7,000 people registered with sight loss, however, it is estimated that 36,480 people in the area experience some form of sight loss overall. SELVis already provides services across other South East London boroughs such as Bexley, Bromley, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

Marsha de Cordova, Chief Executive of SELVis, commented:

“We are delighted to be expanding our offering in Greenwich. Our goal is to advance the independence and wellbeing of blind and partially sighted people across South East London.

“We are committed to continuing Blind Independence Greenwich’s excellent work and making a difference to people’s lives across the Borough. SELVis have extensive experience supporting the blind and partially sighted communities, and we are looking forward to growing our work and support in Greenwich. ”

Notes to Editors:

Blind Independence Greenwich (BIG) has been organising activities for blind and partially sighted people in Greenwich for the past five years
In 2011 BIG partnered with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to deliver more services to people in Greenwich, and the boards of trustees at both RLSB and BIG have now decided that the time is right to merge the two organisations