Wiltshire Sight has opened a hub in Salisbury that offers a charity shop and consultation area for those living with sight loss.
The design of the shop has accessibility at its core, particularly for people with sight loss. It has wide pathways and spacing on the shop floor, high contrast colours for the till area and doorframes, and an accessible till system designed with visually-impaired volunteers in mind.
In addition to traditional charity retail items and new goods, the store will also be selling some of the most commonly used daily living aids, simple technology and gadgets that are useful to visually impaired clients, including magnifiers, task lighting, talking clocks and watches, and large print diaries, calendars and games. The shop will be open seven days a week.
Behind the shop is Wiltshire Sight’s consultation room and resource centre. It is a confidential space for appointment which has lots of lighting and magnification tools to try, as well as kitchen and reading aids. There is also expert advice on how to live a full and independent life whether you are newly diagnosed with sight loss, or wondering about new advances that are available. They also run a sight loss advice hub which is open for drop ins every Tuesday.