The Royal Society for Blind Children receives National Lottery funding to support vision impaired children and young people

The Royal Society for Blind Children receives National Lottery funding to support vision impaired children and young people

National charity Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) has been awarded over £480K of National Lottery funding to support vision impaired children and young people across England.

RSBC has been granted the funding to deliver a collaborative project, Live Life Go Further, in support of vision impaired children and young people aged 8 – 25 years old.  

The grant will be used to establish a new and innovative partnership between RSBC, Northern sight loss charity Henshaws, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester and The Albion Foundation. The project will support 925 vision impaired children and young people in London, the West Midlands and the North West of England.  

Live Life Go Further will boost the inclusion of vision impaired children and young people within their local communities, by supporting mainstream organisations to adapt their activities to include vision impaired participants.

The project will address three key themes, highlighted by vision impaired children and young people as being  a priority; Emotional and Mental Wellbeing, Independence, Equality and Participation. Through tailored one to one support and group activities, participants will learn skills to build their confidence, self-esteem and independence, as they grow and transition to adulthood. Examples of this will include sport sessions, creative activities; money management and support to live and travel independently.

Dr. Tom Pey, Chief Executive at RSBC, said; “This substantial grant affords us a unique opportunity. For the first time, vision impaired youth organisations and the mainstream youth sector will work collaboratively at a national level. Together we will deliver life changing skills and experiences to vision impaired children and young people in a variety of settings, including those where sight loss should not be a barrier to full participation. Thanks to National Lottery funding we can’t wait to get started on this vital and exciting work.”

Sacha Rose-Smith, Senior Head of Regional Funding for London and the South East, at the Big Lottery Fund, said; “All over the country, National Lottery money is being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive. They know and understand the needs of their area better than anyone else and are best-placed to develop projects to tackle them.

“The Royal Society for Blind Children is a brilliant example of this and, thanks to National Lottery players, we are proud to be able to support them to change lives for the better.”

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

To find out more visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.  

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