16 October 2019
Source: Birmingham Vision
Birmingham Vision has supported blind and partially sighted people, their friends, families and carers, since it opened in 2015.
Following changes to available future funding, we have recently been reviewing the sustainability of Birmingham Vision and working closely with our primary funder, Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), to determine the best way forward for continuity of provision of services in the area. We have, sadly, concluded that Birmingham Vision is no longer sustainable, and have made the difficult decision that the charity will no longer continue to operate. We are currently working on a date to close the charity but will aim to continue our existing activities, where possible, until December 2019.
TPT are committed to continuing to provide financial support in Birmingham, and it now looks most likely that this will be achieved through a combination of redeployment of some Birmingham Vision staff to other organisations and direct funding of services at other organisations in the area.
We are working with TPT and local and national sight loss charities to transfer our activities and services to them and we feel that this is the best solution for ensuring the continuity of services for blind and partially sighted people of working age. With the support from TPT, we are confident that these opportunities for blind and partially sighted people will continue.
On 1 November between 11:30am and 4:00pm, there will be a drop-in session at Birmingham Vision for volunteers and people who access our services. This will be a chance to ask any questions about services.
Further information will be circulated via social media, our website, our newsletter and a letter in the coming months.
Birmingham Vision would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity either as a volunteer or service user. We have enjoyed supporting everyone who has accessed our services.
Read the full statement on the Birmingham Vision Website