GOC gets behind the scenes at homeless charity

Chief Executive of the General Optical Council, Samantha Peters, took time to have a close look at the UK charity Vision Care for Homeless People this week.

Visiting our practice which operates within London’s Crisis Skylight Centre in Whitechapel, she was interested to hear how our team has carried out 783 eye examinations for homeless people in the past 12 months and that optical volunteers are urgently needed for the London and Birmingham centres.

Impressed with the dedication of the volunteers she met, Samantha commented –

“The day I spent with the staff and patients at the clinic was fascinating. Vision Care for Homeless People is a truly special charity, which offers a ‘visual lifeline’ for homeless people. Sight is a precious gift, the sense people most worry about losing, so it was a real pleasure to see the optical professions at the forefront. This is a fantastic opportunity for optometrists and dispensing opticians to offer their skills and expertise, and to really make a difference to people’s lives.”

For those with a few hours to spare, either voluntarily or if you choose to be paid, please contact Will on 020 8356 6532.

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