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Helping Hands for the Blind is a local charity which promotes greater independence for visually impaired people of all ages throughout the county by providing practical support, advice, information, training and adapted leisure activities. Vision loss is a growing health concern in the UK. There are currently over 2 million people living with vision loss, and that number is on the rise. Because of medical advancements, children born prematurely or with multiple disabilities are surviving in greater numbers, and many are blind or visually impaired. People are also living longer than ever before, and developing conditions such as age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma. In your lifetime, it is very likely that you or someone you love will become blind or severely visually impaired. Even with a large UK population, we remain a "seeing" society, with few allowances made for the unique needs of people who cannot see well or at all. Myths and stereotypes abound when people think about blindness. It is one of the most feared and misunderstood disabilities.
Helping Hands for the Blind is at the forefront of the local voluntary sector, providing services that empower visually impaired people to live more independently and achieve their true potential within their own community. We deliver a range of support services to visually impaired people in Basingstoke and the adjacent Hampshire Boroughs, from our support and resource centre located at:
Helping Hands for the Blind, Maritime House, 65 New Road, Basingstoke, RG21 7PR.
We work closely with the Sensory Support Unit of Basingstoke and Deane Council’s Social Services and the National Blind Charities such as The Royal National Institute of the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Action for Blind People, and we are the local agent for British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
We provide practical support and services to visually impaired adults and children.
You do not need to be registered blind or partially sighted to receive our help. We help anyone who is encountering sight loss, so whether you have a little amount of sight loss or quite a lot - get in touch with us.
We provide a range of services at a local level, for more information please use the links below.