Cam Sight in Chatteris celebrates its first birthday

PUBLISHED: 09:30 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:30 05 May 2016

Cam Sight volunteer, Rita Smith

Cam Sight volunteer, Rita Smith

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A Chatteris company which helps blind and partially-sighted people in Fenland is celebrating its first birthday.

Cam Sight’s Low Vision Centre stocks a range of equipment, including magnifiers to help with reading newspapers, menus and food labels; speaking clocks and watches which announce the time, date and day; and talking microwaves which speak when the door is opened or closed.

It also stocks big button telephones, large print calendars and dairies and many items which make a difference to people who have low or no vision and are struggling to cope.

Cam Sight volunteers also visit people at home living in the Wisbech, March and Whittlesey areas and help people by reading their post, taking a short walk to the shops or just popping in for a chat.

A local visually-impaired person who receives the service, said: “My volunteer visits are the highlight of my week.

“I felt so isolated before and now we are more like friends. She has made a big difference to my life”.

Dawn Preston, Cam Sight’s Fenland community support manager, said: “I have developed and extended the Cam Sight service in the Fen’s over the past year.

“We are now able to reach and support more people, especially those living in remote places and those who have limited social opportunities.

“This would not have been possible without the commitment and support of our volunteers.”

Cam Sight is looking for more befriending volunteers in Fenland and is also looking for a volunteer to teach braille in the area.

Cam Sight also runs a monthly support group at the King Edward Community Centre, Chatteris on the first Monday of the month, 10am until 12 noon. It is run by a team of volunteers and staff and provides help and information, friendship and entertainment, for those living with sight loss.

If you are concerned and would like to talk to someone about living with sight loss please contact Cam Sight.

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