Phones help us feel connected to the world – but can you imagine having no one to turn to, online or otherwise?
We know that tens of thousands of ex-service men and women around the nation experience not only the effects of sight loss, but isolation too.
Every minute you spend away from your phone will help us to reconnect them with their communities, and support them to rebuild their lives after losing their sight.
Unplug to support blind veterans
The money you raise will allow us out to reach out to blind veterans with urgently needed support, including:
Helping them learn the vital skills they need to rebuild their lives after sight loss. Providing tools and technology to allow them to be independent in their own homes. Recruiting and training volunteers to visit them in their homes providing company. Organising social events in local communities to bring them together and build companionship. Offering respite breaks for blind veterans and their carers at our two centres in Brighton and Llandudno.
Recent studies have shown the extent to which our device usage has grown. Here are a few interesting facts and statistics:
- Did you know that there’s a term for your phone addiction? Nomophobia is a fear of lack of access to technology
- Two-thirds of adults say the internet is an essential part of their life
- People in the UK now check their smartphones, on average, every 12 minutes of the waking day
- more than half admit that connected devices interrupt face-to-face conversations with friends and family
Unplug and recharge
As if raising urgent funds to end isolation amongst blind veterans wasn’t enough, here are a few reasons why taking a break from your device could help you live a happier, healthier life.
- A more active lifestyle: a day in front of screens is often a more sedentary one.
- Improved confidence: face-to-face interaction, over online, can help boost confidence.
- Improved posture: the amount of time spent leaning over small device screens can affect your back.
- Improved sleep: the blue light emitted by your devices reduces melatonin production in your body and interferes with your circadian rhythm, as well as damaging light-sensitive cells in the retina of the eye.