World Sight Day is annually held on the second Thursday of October to raise awareness about blindness and vision impairment.
The world’s population is ageing and people are living longer but blindness from chronic conditions is also rising, according to WHO (World Health Organisation) about 80% of Bolton’s 9000 blind and partially sighted people are aged over 50 years. Many age related conditions leading to vision loss; such as cataracts, refractive error and glaucoma can be easily and cheaply treated or cured. Timely intervention can often delay or reduce their effects on vision. Figures show that around 75% of sight loss could have been prevented so raising awareness of regular eye tests is, of course, important.
In order to celebrate World Sight Day as a positive event in raising awareness of sight loss and the services and organisations created to support those affected by sight loss; BSBP have organised a range of events and activities throughout the week of World Sight Day running from 6 October 2014 to 10 October 2014.
Monday: To begin celebrations, BSBP have invited assistive technology provider; Dolphin to host a demonstration day at BSBP’s Sensory Centre from 10am to 3pm. Products will include laptops, PC’s and tablets and software will include Guide and Supanova. This is a free event however we would like to ask that you ring the office to let us know you are coming so that we can provide refreshments for all and ensure we have enough volunteers on hand to assist with transport, guiding and answering the door.
Tuesday: BSBP member ambassadors and staff are delivering a talk at Turton Sixth Form to raise awareness of sight loss and it’s impact on people’s lives. Students will also be hosting a coffee morning to help raise funds. This forms part of our fresh campaign involving us writing to all Sixth Form schools, primary and secondary schools telling them about our services and asking for their support. We see this as a step towards forging relationships within the community that will help BSBP become more sustainable and well established.
Wednesday: On Wednesday BSBP would like to invite all members to attend a FREE tea, coffee and cake drop-in running from 10.30am to 3.30pm at the Sensory Centre. During this time members will be able to chat with BSBP staff / volunteers and learn more about BSBP activities. Students from the local Sixth Form are hoping to join us to assist on the day. Volunteers will also be running a jewellery and arts workshop. ALL members are welcome. There will be raffles held throughout the day, please give us a call in the office to let us know you are coming so that we can ensure we have enough cake for everyone.
Thursday: BSBP will be doing their largest bag pack yet and it will take place at Sainsburys Superstore, Trinity Street, Bolton, BL3 6DH from 9am to 9pm. The new Mayor of Bolton will be joining us between 1pm and 2pm to help raise funds so we are able to provide some of the services our members have told us are needed in the consultation which took place in March 2014.
Friday: All Barclays Bank branch staff in Bolton are raising funds for BSBP by wearing bright colours as part of the Bright for Sight campaign. If you are in town on this day, why not pop into the main branch and show your support.
Throughout the week of World Sight Day, BSBP office staff will be attempting to cycle 488 miles (a mile for each member we have – A mile for a member!!) on a static spinning bike which will travel around different venues each day all over Bolton, some of these include; Sainsbury’s, SpecSavers, DW Gym and Barclays.
This is where ALL BSBP volunteers, members and any family and friends can get involved with our World Sight Day campaign. Get in touch to be involved in the Mile for a Member, as a combined effort 488 miles is achievable!! It’s FREE to take part and there is no sponsorship involved as funds will be raised via collection buckets.
We are also encouraging as many volunteers as possible to contact the BSBP office to sign up to help with the bag pack – Without your help, it will not be possible to make this great opportunity worthwhile. We need 30 volunteers throughout the day to assist staff and the Mayor of Bolton raise much needed funds to continue services. The day will be spread over 4 shifts: 9am – 12pm, 12pm – 3pm, 3pm – 6pm and 6pm – 9pm. Please contact us to show your support.
If bag packing or cycling is not your cup of tea, are you able to help with our Dolphin Day? Which will include: greeting members, serving drinks etc. Or help with our drop-in tea/coffee day.
BSBP are hoping to achieve as much publicity from this campaign as possible and need volunteers and members support in order to do this, for more information on how you can help give us a call.
If you would like to be involved then please contact a member of the BSBP staff on: 01204 337 896 by Wednesday 24 September 2014.
World Sight Day Planner:
|Monday||10am to 3pm||Dolphin Day - IT / Software||Sensory Centre|
|10am to 3pm||Mile for a Member||Specsavers, Spinning Gate|
|Tuesday||All day||Wear Bright for Sight||Arena Group|
|10am to 4pm||Mile for a Member|
|Wednesday||10.30am to 3pm||Tea / Coffee Drop-in||Sensory Centre|
|10am to 4pm||Mile for a Member||Sensory Centre|
|1pm to 3pm||Making Jewellery & Arts Workshop||Sensory Centre|
|Thursday||9am to 9pm||Bag Pack||Sainsburys, Bolton|
|10am to 4pm||Mile for a Member (with Bolton FM)||Victoria Square|
|10am to 12pm||Wheels for All (Mile for a Member)||Leverhulme Park|
|Friday||All Day||Wear Bright for Sight||Barclays Bank|
|10am to 4pm||Mile for a Member||Barclays Bank Foyer|
Current Supporters of World Sight Day are:
- Wheels For All