PAB are a registered charity dedicated to helping blind and partially sighted people (and their carers) find the right level of support so that they can maintain their quality of life. The PAB can guide you through the process of registering as blind or partially sighted and provide information on the role of social services and other organisations that can help you, your family and carers. PAB can signpost you to people providing help with day-to-day living support, housing issues, financial management and benefit advice. Through our activities, the PAB aim to help individuals regain their confidence and feel less isolated so that they can take a more active part in the community. Simply register your contact details to become a member and the PAB will keep you updated via their free newsletters (printed or audio versions) with latest news that may affect you, or activities and events, such as summer outings and coffee mornings. All details can be found on the PAB website or by calling the office. Some of the events PAB hold can be free to attend or have transport provided but please check in advance for more information on which ones these are.
Benefits of using organisation
As well as insuring that the day to day lives of our blind or partially sighted members are improved, the PAB also work hard to insure that people continue to have a good social life and keep involved in the community by providing social events, access to information and advice on useful equipment available, opportunities for learning, a befriending service for isolated people and most recently, a one on one sighted guiding service called ‘My Guide’ to encourage people back into the community. Many of PAB’s activities are run by Visually impaired people, so they know firsthand the difficulties and fears that new members may face. Talking to people who have gone through, or are going through similar experiences can be a great comfort. Family and friends are encouraged to be involved and give support so that they too may benefit from having a more confident and independent person in their lives. By being involved with the PAB, they believe that our service users will become much better informed people, who will meet many other people with sight loss, with whom they may share their problems and possibly become firm friends.
Information for unknown users
The PAB is here to make sure new members know about the help and support which is available to them. Ask any questions or tell them your concerns – no matter what they are – they happy to help! By finding out more about you, such as your goals or interests, the PAB can suggest other organisations, events or activities that might be of interest to you. If you have a sight problem (regardless of whether it is registered) please get in touch.