Margaret Greenwood MP highlights importance of emotional support for blind and partially sighted people
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22 Jul 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret
Greenwood met with representatives from the Royal National Institute of Blind
People (RNIB) at a parliamentary reception to hear about the charity’s Sight
Loss Advice Service and the vital work that Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs)
The RNIB, a registered
charity, is the leading organisation of blind and partially sighted people in
the UK. According to the charity, there are currently 11,700 people living with
sight loss in Wirral, with 2,335 registered blind or partially sighted. RNIB
estimates that every day in the UK, 250 people begin to lose their sight.
Statistics show that calls to
RNIB focused on emotional support are set to triple, increasing from 2,021
calls in 2016 to a projected 7,000 calls in 2019. Questions around emotional
support is one of the main reasons why people spoke to the advice line last
ECLOs work alongside health
professionals in eye clinics to offer support and advice to blind and partially
sighted people on a range of areas. They are an important part of RNIB’s Sight
Loss Advice Service, which provides practical advice and emotional support over
the phone, as well as one to one in eye clinics, for anyone affected by sight
Greenwood MP said:
really pleased to be able to attend this event in Parliament and meet up with
representatives from the RNIB to learn more about the charity and the vitally
important work it does.
concerned to hear that RNIB forecasts that in Wirral there is expected to be a
22% increase in the number of people living with sight loss by 2030.
extremely important that people have access to support when they need it,
whether that be for practical matters or for emotional support.
“I would urge anyone who feels
they need support to get in touch with the RNIB to find out about the help they
Clarke, RNIB Director of Services, said:
your sight can have a massive impact on your life.
not just the big, life-changing aspects that people need support with.
Sometimes it’s the smaller, everyday things that stop people in their tracks or
prevent them from living the life they want to.
questions or fears can chip away at your emotional wellbeing if you don’t
tackle them and RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service can help with this.
Sight Loss Advisers and Eye Clinic Liaison Officers receive specialist training
on living with sight loss, and many have personal experience of sight loss