Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds has paid a visit to the Beacon Centre to find out about the work the charity does to help those with sight loss in the area. The MP was given a tour of the facilities at the charity’s main base on Wolverhampton Road East and got to learn more about some of its services including its employment programmes to help those with sight loss into work, courses including lifeskills such as cookery and beginner tech sessions, its independent living services for those who would be otherwise isolated at home and its opticians, which is the first accredited social enterprise optician service in the country.

Figures show that the number of people living with sight loss will grow in the coming years due to a number of factors including increasing cases of diabetes and more cases of age-related sight loss as we all live longer and the charity expects that more people will need its services as a result.

Beacon Centre project and volunteer co-ordinator Rachel Shaw said: “We were delighted that Emma took the time out of her busy schedule to visit Beacon and came to learn more about some of the fantastic work we do to support people with sight loss and to prevent avoidable sight loss.”

Emma Reynolds MP added: “I very much enjoyed my visit to the centre and was amazed to see just how much the charity does. It is a great resource for anyone living with sight loss whether young or old.”

February 2017