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26 Apr 2022

100% OPTICAL GIVES PLATFORM TO VCHP

Vision Care for Homeless People Stand: B70
100% OPTICAL GIVES PLATFORM TO VCHP
Karen Gennard shared how she led the development of a new VCHP clinic in Gloucester
Setting up a new clinic for the dispossessed in your local area was a key message at 100% Optical from the show’s charity partner, Vision Care for Homeless People.

Setting up a new clinic for the dispossessed in your local area was a key message at 100% Optical from the show’s charity partner, Vision Care for Homeless People.

Karen Gennard – an optometrist from Gloucester who has done just that – told delegates that with the charity’s guidance, and good links with the local LOC, it is not difficult –

“VCHP provides great support with contracts and setting up.  Their links with many equipment and frame companies are very useful and ensure that the clinic is well equipped to provide a comprehensive eye examination and glasses when they are needed. There is no provision for homeless people to seek out eyecare in many parts of the country, but we aim to change that and know that we can create a very welcoming environment. The great support from Gloucestershire CCG could be a template for other areas of the country, as Gloucester is the first VCHP clinic to secure funding over and above the GOS,” she said from the Essilor Transitions sponsored catwalk.

VCHP is looking to significantly increase the number of its regional clinics - now in seven cities - and used the show to reach out to fundraisers, volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians.

David Brown, VCHP General Manager, said the three day show had brought interest for the charity from throughout the UK with pledges of support from Brighton through the country to Scotland –

“It was a great opportunity to catch up with our loyal supporters and to meet new ones – many with a lot of enthusiasm for their local area.  The response from delegates at 100% Optical has cemented our ambitions to create new clinics and to feel confident that our existing clinics will be well supported.”

Find out more www.visioncarecharity.org

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