What we did
We invited Wandsworth residents with visual impairments or blindness to come to our event on 13th October 2022 at the Gwynneth Morgan Centre. We ran the event together with Healthwatch Wandsworth, AGE UK Wandsworth, and Wandsworth Council. 18 people attended the event. The organisations in attendance talked about what support they provide with technology for people with sight loss.
Key findings and recommendations
We got feedback from attendees through feedback forms as well as through having conversations with attendees and organisations throughout the day. Our general work getting to know people affected by blindness or sight loss and our experiences of organising the event also provided us with feedback that leads us to conclude that there are a few things that could be further developed in Wandsworth for people with sight loss.
Summary of recommendations
- Clear and accessible communication and information provision about what services are available to visually impaired people.
- Opportunities for visually impaired people to network and share experiences, and for organisations that provide support to connect and share information.
- Forum for people with sight loss to be involved in decision-making about a range of issues e.g. transport, housing, and decisions in health and social care.
Seeking solutions to resolve issues with transport and community connectedness.
What happens next
We will use the findings to work with health and social care services to improve information and access to support with digital technology.