Staying informed – organisations that can help during physical distancing

6 April 2020
Source: VICTA

It is a time of rapid change and we are all adapting the way we live and work to follow the national effort against the spread of Coronavirus. For many of us it is a worrying time, so we want to stay in touch and share as much information to help as we can. Go to the VICTA website to

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AOP fee reduction for members amidst coronavirus crisis

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6 April 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) Board announce a 20% reduction in membership fees for UK practising members, which is the equivalent of two monthly direct debit payments. The fee reduction is designed to provide immediate financial support to members during the coronavirus crisis. The scheme will be rolled out automatically and there is no action needed by members to benefit.

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Sight loss charity releases guidance on assisting vision impaired with shopping during Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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3 April 2020
Source: Blind Veterans UK

Sight loss charity Blind Veterans UK has released new advice on assisting blind and vision-impaired people with shopping throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Nicky Shaw, Blind Veterans UK’s Director of Operations, says: “Many people want to provide support to those who are vulnerable at this time. “This community spirit is fantastic and can be a great help but it is

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DHSC: Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

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3 April 2020
Source: DHSC

This guidance sets out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period. Local Authorities and care providers are already facing rapidly growing pressures as more people need support because unpaid carers are unwell or unable to reach

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NHS England and NHS Improvement: Updates and guidance for optical settings

2 April 2020

Optical Letter  01/04/2020 Dear colleagues Thank you again for your continued work to prepare for and handle the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the commitment and effort that is going into providing care for patients. In light of the most recent public health control measures and in recognition of the difficulties that practices are facing including continuing concerns about

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OFNC: COVID-19 – NHS guidance for optical practices in England

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2 April 2020
Source: OFNC

NHS England has belatedly announced immediate changes to the delivery and operation of primary eye care services in England. The announcement includes details of support payments for practices which continue to provide essential care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. These practices will be expected to follow guidance from the General Optical Council and the optical sector bodies on how

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Sight loss charity urgently appeals for government support amid coronavirus crisis

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2 April 2020
Source: Macular Society

A charity supporting elderly people with macular disease is one of many urgently appealing to the Chancellor to provide financial support during the coronavirus crisis. The Macular Society, which provides practical and emotional support to tens of thousands of people with the most common form of blindness in the UK, says its income is threatened but it cannot abandon its

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Blind Veterans UK and University of Oxford: COVID-19 Pandemic Survey

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1 April 2020
Source: Blind Veterans UK

This survey was developed by Scientists at Blind Veterans UK in partnership with Scientists from the University of Oxford (UK). This survey is an evaluation and currently not hypothesis testing. The purpose of the survey is to explore the experiences of individuals during the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in order to provide informed feedback to the scientific community. This data

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Blind Veterans UK: Assisting a blind or partially sighted person with shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic

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1 April 2020
Source: Blind Veterans UK

Blind and partially sighted people often have a system in place to help them with sorting, storing and cooking food. Sticking as much as possible to their system will help them during this difficult time. The following guidance will be useful when you are helping someone who has sight loss who cannot get their own shopping. Only help if you

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Collaborative Petition: Coronavirus: People with sight loss need priority access to online shopping

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31 March 2020
Source: Vision UK, Visionary, Guide Dogs, RNIB, TPT

People with vision impairments are struggling to safely access basic necessities like food from supermarkets because of Covid-19 restrictions. Being blind or partially sighted makes safe social distancing in busy places like these often impossible. Despite this, while priority access to online shopping slots is available for some people, those with sight loss are being excluded. Sign the petition to

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