The Vision Foundation, along with a wider group of charities and funders, recognises that the Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on front-line services and we are determined to stand with our colleagues in the sight loss community during this time.
We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when blind or partially sighted people may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.
As such, the Vision Foundation has signed the Funder Statement on COVID-19 co-ordinated by London Funders, promising to understand that projects may need to be adapted or delayed, and to listen to the needs and concerns of our partners.
We have been overwhelmed by the support of our donors in recent weeks who continue to fund our life-changing work – thank you, your ongoing donations will ensure our sustainability in these difficult times, and the ongoing provision of vital services.
With regards to our events we are following government guidance and regret that some of our events are currently being postponed. We are also reviewing our shop staffing, and anticipate some shop closures in the coming days. Please check our shops page to check if your local Vision Foundation shop is closed.
Blind and partially sighted people can be amongst some of the most socially isolated in London and will continue to need the support and guidance of friends, family and dedicated support groups during the forthcoming weeks and months. We are heartened by the positivity and goodwill that many of our partners have shown as they think about how to adapt.
We’re keeping our staff and volunteers safe, and adapting our working practices where necessary, but the Vision Foundation is still open for business. Please do contact us if you need further advice.