Volunteers, sponsors and homeless people greeted the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, John Lines, as he opened the new eye care centre in Birmingham this week.
Vision Care for Homeless People’s new centre, within the SIFA Fireside facility in Allcock St, provides eye examinations and glasses as a first step for those in the Midlands needing help to reintegrate into society.
Charity Chair, Elaine Styles, an optometrist who works at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said good vision was something that most of us take for granted –
“Sadly many people struggle with poor vision and when you are homeless that is an added, and sometimes, major complication. Charity starts at home and we are delighted to bring this new facility to SIFA Fireside. It is particularly relevant at this time of the year when we are all thinking about giving.”
Vision Care for Homeless People is supported by donations and volunteers. If you wish to make a donation please Click here or visit Waitrose Community Matters collection point within the Hall Green store, which is supporting the charity during December.
Lady Mayoress of Birmingham – Mrs Kathleen Lines
Lord Mayor of Birmingham – Councillor John Lines
Chair of Birmingham VCHP Sub-committee Mrs Jill Lambert
MD of VCHP Harinder Paul