Crisis at Christmas 2017 calls for volunteers

Crisis at Christmas 2017 calls for volunteers

The optical service of Crisis at Christmas is looking for keen volunteers to make the clinics as successful as last year. During the seven days of clinics hundreds of homeless people come to have their eyes examined and last year 289 pairs of specs were dispensed and 22 referrals made to hospital for further investigations.

Vision Care for Homeless People, which has been running the service in conjunction with Crisis for 14 years, is also looking for donations of domiciliary kit that can be used at the various London centres.

Elaine Styles, Chair of VCHP, explained –

“Each Christmas, the generous optical industry comes to our aid, lending us domiciliary testing equipment, donating frames and supplies and glazing spectacles. This December we are looking to provide a comprehensive service for what is, sadly, a growing homeless population in our capital.”

The temporary London clinics are under the umbrella of broader healthcare services provided by Crisis in a caring, warm, environment which offers companionship and hot meals.

Some six teams of volunteers each day will visit the various Crisis at Christmas centres for homeless people across London to test eyes and prescribe glasses. Ophthalmologists, optometrists, dispensing opticians, optical assistants and optometry students can all volunteer here.

If you would like to know more before signing up contact Amanda.hall@crisis.org.uk.