Celebrity Low Vision Day (Focus Birmingham)
Losing some or all of your sight can be a very distressing and have a big effect on your life. Our vision is of a world where visual impairment and other disabilities do not limit or determine opportunity, and where people value their sight. The project we hope to receive funds for aims to raise the awareness and highlight the challenges facing people with sight loss and offer practical support. It has two aspects, firstly a celebrity endorsed event where a celebrity will attempt a variety of daily tasks as a visually impaired person. This event will highlight how difficult tasks such as making a cup of tea to shopping can be when facing sight loss without the right practical support.
Following this event there will be four new volunteer-led community projects launched for people with sight loss, their family or carer in Birmingham: ‘can’t see, can cook’, ‘gym buddies’, ‘shop ‘til you drop’ and ‘access the arts’. These will be held at a variety of locations across Birmingham and will allow people facing sight loss to get real practical help and support to lead independent and fulfilling lives.