Understanding loneliness and isolation in the visually impaired community – Vision Foundation

Understanding loneliness and isolation in the visually impaired community

Why loneliness and isolation?

According to research by the Campaign to End Loneliness, sensory loss is one of the key risk factors leading to loneliness. In a 2019 Vision Foundation survey, loss of sight combined with wider societal issues, such as barriers to accessing transport, employment and technology, led to 80% of blind and partially sighted people reporting that they were sometimes, often or always lonely.

We want to understand more about this so we can work out what can be done on a practical level to help people who are experiencing loneliness or isolation.

Share your experiences to help shape services and resources

To gain further understanding we’re asking people to fill out a survey and answer a few questions about their experiences with loneliness and isolation. The more people who fill out the survey the more information we can gather about how people are affected by this issue, and what might be done to prevent them.

With your help we can gather as much information as possible to develop services and resources to ensure no one feels isolated or lonely. Even if you think loneliness and isolation doesn’t affect you, please do still fill in the survey as you could let us know what is working.

To share your experience you can find the survey here. 

You can also play a short video clip about the survey.