In 2013 alone there were nearly 1000 new Peterborough residents registering as bind or partially sighted, so the need for our services and support is increasing each year. Losing your sight or knowing someone who has suffered sight loss can be a difficult time and why PAB is determined to be there for everyone who needs our support. We already provide services and information to around 350 members such as guiding you through the process of registering as blind or partially sighted and providing information on the role of social services and other organisations that can help you. We can signpost you to people providing help with day-to-day living support, housing issues, financial management, benefits and attaining self-directed support and individual budgets. For issues outside our areas of expertise, we have developed a network of partners who are experts in their field and we work with them to get the best outcomes for blind and partially sighted people, their family and carers.
Isolation and loss of confidence often accompanies the trauma of losing your sight. Through our activities, we aim to help individuals regain their confidence and feel less isolated so that they can take a more active part in the community. Family and friends are encouraged to be involved and give support so that they too may benefit from having a more confident and independent person in their lives. By being involved with the PAB, we believe that our service users will become much better informed people, who will meet many other people with sight loss, with whom they may share their problems and possibly become firm friends.
There is currently no resource centre in Peterborough for information and advice on the different living aides and gadgets available for blind and partially sighted people. Our aim is to develop a tailored, individual service at our base in Westgate or in your own home. If you would like to receive this service please let us know.
PAB has also teamed up with the Guide Dogs to provide a new service called ‘MyGuide’. This is a nationwide sighted guide scheme using a team of specially trained volunteers, intended to help people with sight loss get out of their homes and into the community. The aims of this scheme are to reduce the isolation that many people with sight loss experience, and help to rebuild their confidence and regain their independence.