New sight loss support centre for Salisbury

Wiltshire Sight has chosen Salisbury as the location for its very first charity shop which will run alongside a special drop-in centre for those living with sight loss. 

More than 20,000 people in Wiltshire are currently living with significant sight loss, and Wiltshire Sight is the only charity providing local face-to-face support services to help people to continue living active and independent lives.   

The new Salisbury hub, on Catherine Street, will enable the organisation to provide more local one-to-one support to people in the south of Wiltshire, funded by a charity shop which has just launched in the heart of Salisbury. 

The design of the shop, which opened on 6th November, 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.    

The new Wiltshire Sight team at their hub on Catherine Street

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 in Salisbury.

Inside the new Wiltshire hub shop in Salisbury

Mike Silvey, CEO of Wiltshire Sight, says: “We are very excited to be opening our new premises, which will provide a base for local services in the South of the county, enabling us to provide more local, accessible services for people struggling with sight loss.  We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped make this happen – our supporters, our volunteers and those who have generously donated such high quality stock.  As a small local charity, we rely on members of our community supporting us, and they really have done us proud.” 

Anyone wishing to make an appointment with the local Community Sight Loss Advisor, Alison, should call the charity on 01380 723682. 

Wiltshire Sight is also looking for volunteers to help in the new hub. You can drop into the shop to find out more or head to their website wiltshiresight.org

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