Vision Care for Homeless People has been nominated and short listed for the AOP Award of “Charity of the Year” for the second year running. I would like to ask you to vote for us and spread the word as it is a public vote, we came second last year and lost by only 3%. So please, your vote will definitely counts. To vote for us click on the following link: CLICK HERE
The award is for “The registered charity that has used initiative to promote the importance of optometry and raise awareness and funds to enhance the provision of sustainable eye care.” I believe that we have used our initiative to promote the importance of optometry and raise awareness and funds to enhance the provision of sustainable eye care as we are helping to bring the benefits of optometry to some of the poorest people in our own community:
To date we have carried out free eye tests and issued brand new glasses to over 6000 homeless people. Restoring somebody’s vision is one of the most rewarding experiences you could have, from supplying a myopic correction to a person who would effectively be considered blind without their correction to issuing a simple reading prescription so that somebody can read an application form. Getting people back on their feet and into accommodation and jobs is very important.
We are a UK charity which helps people here at home. Some opticians may not have the opportunity or the funds to give up two weeks to go abroad and work in foreign clinics but we encourage people to give a few hours to volunteer in one of our clinics.
Over a thousand hours a year of volunteering time is donated by optometrists and dispensing opticians to run our four (soon to be five) current clinics. It is a very rewarding experience helping your fellow human beings when they are at one of the lowest points of their life. The smile on their face when they see clearly again is priceless.
Please vote for us by clicking on the following link: CLICK HERE