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Sight Scotland Support Line to aid thousands of visually impaired people

By Ewan Malcolm

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A NEW helpline launched today by Scotland's biggest visual impairment charity aims to offer more support to people with sight loss.

The new helpline will be run by staff from Sight Scotland's Family Wellbeing Service.
The new helpline will be run by staff from Sight Scotland's Family Wellbeing Service.

Visually impaired residents in Moray can now access more information, advice and support than ever before through the new Sight Scotland Support Line.

There are an estimated 3600 people living with sight loss in Moray. Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans will be available to provide emotional support for these people should they want it.

After launching the helpline, Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: "The pandemic has been especially difficult for those with sight loss, increasing feelings of isolation and loneliness. It has highlighted even more so how vital it is that support is available to everyone effected by sight loss. I am therefore privileged to launch this national support line.

"The emotional impact of losing your sight can be overwhelming and people with sight loss who need support shouldn’t be left to cope with emotional distress on their own. This new service will help to provide that crucial support, as well as valuable information and advice, tailored to the individual, right from the start."

Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive of Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans, added: "This new telephone service is there for anyone impacted by sight loss so that no-one in Scotland has to struggle with it alone.

"Our friendly, caring community team are here to provide tailored information and advice for blind and partially sighted people, as well as families and carers."

The support line was launched after a survey revealed that many people were unsure about where they could get support post diagnosis. It also revealed that over 80% of participants thought that it was important to provide more support to family members and carers.

People impacted by sight sight loss can call the helpline on 0800 024 8973, Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm.

More information can be found here.

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