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The majority of people on the HSB register are 65+, many of whom have other problems, e.g. hearing impairment and/or mobility. We aim to help with reducing the social isolation and loneliness of this vulnerable group of people and to provide assistance with their daily living needs.

Volunteers

We have a small, dedicated professional team and we work with around 130 - 140 volunteers. The majority of our volunteers help to deliver our frontline services of home visiting, hospital information and equipment outreach and a small number help us with office/fundraising and clubs. Many of our volunteers are themselves sight impaired and this helps to grow both community capacity, whilst helping individuals develop skills (for example teamwork and communication) together with self confidence and a feeling of self worth.

We provide help and advice in low vision and eye clinics in six hospitals throughout the county.

As well as our central Resource Centre, we take equipment out into the community through our Sight Information Points and various equipment exhibitions & events.

HSB Information Sources

Sight-Line: Telephone information service based in The Woodside Centre and the Hemel Centre.

Newsletter: This is issued three times per year in the following formats:

  • Large Print
  • CD
  • Braille
  • E-mail

Resource Centre: Our central Resource Centres are located in The Woodside Centre, Welwyn Garden City and the Hemel Centre, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead.

Equipment Exhibitions: 4 - 5 exhibitions per annum

Sight Information Points: at various locations. See the Equipment and Services page.

Hospital Information: HSB Information Points in Hospital Eye Clinics

Registration

The Society is now both an independent Registered Charity and a Limited Company.

Registered Charity Number: 1047148

Company Number: 03033089

Registered in England and Wales

Address: The Woodside Centre, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 4SE

Telephone: 01707 324680 (Sight Line)

 

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