Barnsley Blind & Partially Sighted Association
WHAT WE DO
Helping The Local Community
We are a volunteer lead group and have no paid workers. Our volunteers give time, advice, support and guidance to blind, partially sighted, their family, friends and carers with in the Barnsley community and surrounding areas.
We have no sponsors but are funded through donations, bequests, small grant's and fund raising by our volunteers.
We run a resource centre to give blind and partially sighted people access to apparatus and aids which can make their lives easier.
We liaise with other groups and professional bodies to ensure the voices of our community are heard, their views are considered and our drive is aimed at bringing about change and education to meet our needs and to generate a more inclusive society.
PROVIDING A RESOURCE CENTRE
We provide a resource centre where clients can access, see and try apparatus and or aids that make daily life easier.
Resources include the following:
Canes, Walking Sticks, Liquid indicators, coin holders, plate none slip mats, speaking watches and clocks.
We can also access bigger items like talking microwaves.
DROP IN AND ADVICE CENTRE
We run a drop in and advice centre to listen, advise, signpost, assist and or support according to need, often liaising with other agencies and bodies such as DWP, Council, Transport providers, Medical personnel, Schools and Social groups. We complete forms both online and in paper format and or place telephone calls on behalf of our clients and represent when needed.
We also aim to provide social activities for our clients to relieve isolation and depression, and also to provide access to peer support and professional groups. Currently we have two regular groups, one a social club held on friday each week where members can chat, share a meal, and play games. The second group is a drop in format where members meet and chat with their peers. In addition to this we have arranged holidays and day trips for our members, and also arranged meals out.
We also give access to other groups who provide similar social activities in the Barnsley and surrounding areas..
Resource Centre and Drop in Advice Centre open
Monday to Friday 10.00 to 14.00, except when on home visits.
Please call ahead.
Chit Chat Group, Drop in Peer Chat Group meet
Tuesday 10.30 to 13.00
Social Club meets
Friday 12.30 to 14.30
Home visits available by appointment when needed,
please phone in first instance to arrange.
We will invite you to the resource centre when possible.