Vision Care for Homeless People
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Homeless people are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to obtaining sight tests, glasses and eye care. Around two thirds of homeless people cannot get NHS eye tests and glasses when they need them. When people are homeless, glasses are vital to help them to look for work, find accommodation or simply keep themselves safe.
We run opticians clinics in London, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Exeter & Leeds. Using volunteer optometrists and assistants, we provide eye tests and glasses free of charge for homeless people.
We undertake research into the eye care needs of homeless people and work with the NHS and government to break down the barriers homeless people face in getting an eye test and glasses.
We help high street practices and groups of local opticians to run their own pop-up clinics for homeless people. Each year we partner with Crisis at Christmas to run mobile opticians services across London.
JOIN US: Donate. Volunteer. Fundraise. Run a pop-up opticians near you.
Optometrist Karen Gennard spoke of her steps in setting up a new clinic in Gloucester and called on others to champion one in their area with the support of VCHP.
100% Optical is generously giving Vision Care for Homeless People a platform to seek new supporters, volunteers and fundraisers at the three day event: 23-25 April, Excel London.