Somerset Sight is a local charity that has been supporting sight impaired people across Somerset for over a hundred years. They provide services, training and leisure activities that help maintain independence and improve the quality of life of anyone who is affected by sight loss.
Volunteer Visiting Service
One of the services offered is the Volunteer Visiting Service, where volunteers are matched locally with a sight impaired person for regular visits for company and support and to alleviate their loneliness and isolation.
A Frome Social Group for the visually impaired is held at the Archangel on the last Thursday of the month between 10am and 12 noon.
The Somerset Sight Mobile Advisory Service travels across the whole of Somerset offering information, advice and visual aids for people with sight loss. They have lots of helpful gadgets and interesting resources on board. The bus visits ASDA in Frome once a month and no appointment is necessary.
They also provide Low Vision Clinics and offer emotional support sessions via telephone as well as IT support to our visually impaired service users.
Outings and Events
Somerset Sight arranges regular outings and events for people who are visually impaired, including an annual trip to the seaside. They deliver regular ‘Seeing Life Differently Days’ for people who are coming to terms with sight loss.
Volunteer visitors help with a variety of tasks such as reading, correspondence, or making appointments, going out for a drive or just a cup of tea and a chat. Many volunteers get great satisfaction and enjoyment from their voluntary work, many friendships are formed and the people they support very much look forward to their visits, some telling us that it is the highlight of their week.