Sight loss can take so much from our veterans
Through rehabilitation, physical and emotional support we help them rebuild their lives
Our multidisciplinary community teams across the country provide support for vision-impaired ex-Servicemen and women.
For many blind veterans a simple piece of technology can be life-changing. Just being able to make a cup of tea or tell the time again can be the first step back to regaining their independence.
Whether it’s attending a cookery course, joining in an art and craft workshop, or attending one of our many activity days, the rehabilitation work we do allows the ex-servicemen and woman we look after to live the life they choose.
For David Tutt, his sight loss meant a loss of freedom to get out and about, but after attending one of our introduction weeks, he’s seen it’s not the prison he thought it was.
One way we’ve helped David
is by giving him IT training, and he’s now skilled at using his supplied tablet, which has given him a new lease of life.
“The tablet they have given me has been great. I was not really an IT person before but now I’m using it for all sorts,” he says, “[it’s] given me my confidence back, and been a kick up the backside at just the right time to realise that I just need to get on and live my life the best I can.”
When Gordon and his wife Sally attended one of our training weeks in Weston Super Mare, neither realised that by the end Gordon would be cooking the meals.
After taking cookery classes,
Gordon was keen to show his new culinary skills much to the delight of Sally.
“We’ve been married 51 years, and I’ve always done the cooking, now Gordon want to try out his new-found skills. Thanks to all the team that supported us. This week and the whole time Gordon has had with Blind Veterans UK has been brilliant. You do get isolated when you lose your sight but things like this have really brought him back.” - Sally
After 87-year old, Lincoln-based Walter Smith lost his sight he lost his ability to fish and was unable to enjoy his favourite hobby for 15 years.
We enrolled Walter on one of our Llandudno-based Fishing Weeks, and since then he has embraced angling anew. Speaking of getting back into fishing he said,
“Being able to fish again certainly brought back one or two memories, and I definitely want to continue doing it now. I never thought that I would be able to fish again so I gave a family member all my equipment 15 years ago – I’ve had to ask them for it back.”