Friday 3rd February 2017
Our very informative talk was from Alison Ducas from Bucks Vision which is a Visual Impairment Charity now based in Aylesbury at 143 Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, HP19 9HH – Open Monday to Friday (9am – 5pm). Tel : 01296487556 and also at Milton Keynes – 01908 395498. The group are part of the national RNIB group and can draw on a wide range of resources to help support people living with sight loss in the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes areas. They offer support, advice, social activities and the skills to lead a near normal life as possible.
- In 1911 the Bucks Association for the Blind was formed and from this Group there are now 9 Divisions/social clubs set up and run by volunteers offering Experience Days to include Theatre trips, Sports Days, Archery, Walking.
- In 1965 they originally ran a Competition of Craft and Art which has become an annual event still run today. This was supported by the De Fraine family -known locally as the original owners of the Bucks Herald.
- 1988 – New offices in Meadowcroft, Aylesbury were opened.
- 2014 – Bucks Vision formed an association with Action for the Blind – with RNIB support.
Statistics : 2 million in the UK are living with sight loss with some being age related. 370,000 registered as blind or partially sighted. (Only a small number of people are registered as blind) Sight impairment affects all ages. Conditions include Age Related Macular Degeneration (problems with central vision) Gluacoma – treated with regular eye drops but can severely impair sight. Cataracts, Diabetic retinopathy as a result of both Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
Services : include advice and information from 6 staff members in Aylesbury. Practical Courses/Workshops, Home Support, Eye Clinic Patient Support, Equipment and magnification along with Transcripts can be arranged. There is support at home, a befriending service, reading service, shopping service, and there is help with on line services (ie : smart phones and tablets).
Alison also demonstrated various “aids” which are available via the Aylesbury Office supported by a Catalogue.
The meeting – on a cold February afternoon, was well attended and Alison answered many questions from the floor . A very welcome ‘cuppa’ and biscuit was enjoyed by all and Alison was thanked by Sally for her interesting contribution to our meeting.