Through a range of direct and indirect services, The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind has the mission to serve the county's estimated population of 22,000 people with severe and permanent sight loss. This number is set to rise to 32,000 by 2020, according to the Royal National Institute for Blind People.
The Society has up to 6,000 consultations/contacts with visually impaired people, their family members and carers annually.
Social and support groups to help reduce loneliness via interaction and activity
Information, advice and outreach to ensure people have the right help and support
Gadget and equipment demonstration to help with daily living
Home visiting and befriending to help reduce loneliness and social isolation
Technology facility with coaching and training to help maintain independence
Empowerment - to empower visually impaired people through appropriate support to improve their quality of life.
Equity - to show fairness and inclusivity in all contacts with people and in the conduct of HSB business.
Accountability - to be accountable, transparent and responsible in all dealings.
Sustainability - to use environmental resources efficiently.
The Society also provides help, support and advice to patients and clinical staff at a number of low vision and hospital eye clinics across the county, a counselling service, coaching and training for those who come into contact with blind and visually impaired people; whilst providing opportunities to help and support some of our younger working age clients back into the work place.