Who are we?
BASIS is a charity established in 1998 to support the needs of Visually Impaired Adults in South Essex. The team at BASIS are dedicated to working with visually impaired adults, their families and carers, to improve their day to day lives by offering social activity groups where they can meet with their peers to enjoy learning new skills and making new friends.
There are close to 50,000 people living with sight loss in Essex alone (RNIB) many of whom are unable to leave their homes due to lack of confidence, companionship and access to services and information. Our mission is to support these people, providing vital information and guidance as well as stimulating activities which can help in building confidence and mobility skills. One of our greatest aims is to tackle the feelings of loneliness and isolation that are often felt by those living with sight loss.
How will we use any money raised?
We will use any money raised directly to set up peer support groups in Essex, to train volunteers to run these groups as well as to provide expert guidance and information on all aspects of living with sight loss. By introducing visually impaired people to our peer support groups we have seen first hand the positive impact it has on confidence levels and life changing social inclusion. We realise how important it is for us to let people know about our services so we will strivce to go out into the local community to talk about our project.