Vision Care For Homeless People
- 100% Optical
- Non mandate
Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) is a charity set up to provide eye care services to people experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerable for other reasons, in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.
People experiencing homelessness are particulary disadvantaged when it comes to obtaining sight tests, glasses and eyecare. They suffer a higher level of eye problems. They find high street opticians difficult to access and are prone to losing or breaking their glasses.
We provide a comprehensive opticians service totally free of charge. As only one third of our patients are eligible for NHS funding we make up the difference by using volunteers, through gifts in kind and with charity fundraising.
Vision Care for Homeless People’s 21st celebration is fast approaching with volunteers looking to step up the service, and 100% is the time to find out more about becoming involved in your area.
Ambitious plans to set up new VCHP clinics to provide a full optician service throughout the UK is top of the agenda, and leading that drive in the north is Lorraine Bleasdale, FBDO.