COVENTRY Resource Centre for the Blind will be able to provide more practical support for people with sight loss after receiving a £1,000 funding boost from Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions Scheme.
The charity offers a wide weekly programme of activities, including popular sessions to help blind people use smart phones computers.
The centre’s Jo Dickie thanked the housing developer and said: “The funds will help us continue to provide practical and social support and reduce isolation among blind and visually impaired adults from across Coventry.”
“Smart technology has evolved so much that we want to broaden the range of training we do to include more.
“We want to buy up-to-date devices and ensure that people are familiar with them before they lose their sight.”
People who struggle to see keyboards can use voice-activated technology to access the Internet where there are a variety of other helpful apps for the visually impaired.
“When you can no longer see enough to use a keyboard or enter a password, voice activated technology really comes into its own, allowing people access to the internet but also to incredibly useful apps that can help blind people run their own lives, cope better practically and remain in contact with people.”
Sarah Preston, sales director of Persimmon Homes Central, said: “We are delighted to award Community Champions funding to Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind and hope that the money enables more of them to keep in touch and remain online.”
For more information about Community Champions visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity