What We Do

Recently Supported Projects

This list aims to give you an idea of the type of projects we supported.  All help visually impaired people (VIPs)

  • MySight York: to fund adaptive equipment at the new Sight Support Centre at York Eye Clinic.
  • Share the Vision (STV): to support the Ulverscroft Foundation & STV Strategic Partnership for three years 2024 to 2027
  • Embrace the Middle East: working with a local partner Life Vision for Development to support 175 young VIPs in Minya, upper Egypt.
  • Microphthalmia Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support (MACS): for an adventure holiday at the Calvert Trust.
  • Pleasance Theatre Trust Ltd: for audio description equipment.
  • Leicester Visually Impaired Bowling Club: towards raising the profile of the sport & the provision of equipment.
  • Teesside & District Society for the Blind: for new chairs for their Social Centre.
  • Vision Northumberland: for equipment for their Low Vision Service.
  • Outlook Trust for Visually Impaired: towards a sailing week.
  • Sutton Vision: for the purchase/upgrading of assistive technology demonstration equipment.
  • Kenya Albino Child Support Unit, Kenya: for seating and for a milking machine & freezer for the farm’s milk to improve sustainability.
  • Andean Medical Mission: for their glaucoma service in northern Bolivia
  • Ribble Valley Visually Impaired: to run recreational activities & workshops for visually impaired people
  • Life Cycle: for tandem rides for VIPs in the Bristol area
  • Vision of Adventure: to run courses on outdoor activities for VIPs & to also run a sighted guide training weekend.
  • Open Sight Hampshire: towards running Smart Devices Workshops for VIPs
  • EthiopiAid: to provide eye health care to 300 elders and to support 25 VIPs at a local health clinic in Ethiopia.
  • University of Leicester: establishing standardised care using a multicentre collaborative approach for Paediatric Eye Diseases over three years from 2024
  • MoorVision: for accessible sports & activities for young VIPs
  • Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind: a pledge of funding towards a demonstration kitchen at their Rotherham centre
  • Vision Action: for their optical training workshops in Zambia
  • CBM: for their eye health project for young people in Zimbabwe
  • St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment: for Sight Boxes to enable overseas students to access sports & educational activities
  • Middlesex Association for the Blind to train members in IT in their own homes
  • Living Paintings Trust: for new titles for their Touch See Book Clubs
  • 4 Sight Vision Support: for a low vision assessment kit
  • Warwickshire Vision Support: for demonstration equipment
  • Bucks Vision: towards their Home Support & Befriending Service
  • Mondo Foundation: to enable 36 pupils in Tanzania to have hospital visits, glasses prescribed & eye treatment
  • Sight Loss Shropshire: for their Digital Tech Service
  • Time & Talents: towards enhancing their VIP group by providing activities & supportCAM Sight: for equipment for their Assistive Technology Team
  • Clinique Ophtalmologique St Raphael, D.R. Congo: for cataract operations & outreach missions
  • Feed the Minds: for ICT skills training & literacy training to visually impaired women in Uganda
  • Living Options Devon: to enable them to run VIP book clubs
  • Happy Days: for a residential trip to Legoland for visually impaired children
  • Henshaws: for their ‘I Can Do It’ life skills courses
  • Sight Support West of England: for their Resource Centre in the North West of the county
  • NAB: to run book clubs
  • Insight Gloucestershire: for magnifiers for their Resource Centre & outreach sessions
  • Alive & Kicking: for equipment to enable VIPs in Kenya, Zambia & UK to play ball games
  • The Reading Agency: support in year one for the Reading Friends Befriending Programme in libraries
  • Orchestra of the Swan: towards a project working with students at Priestly Smith School to compose & perform a piece of work to a professional standard
  • Blind in Business:  for the technology element of a project to enable young VIPs to have work experience
  • Kent Association for the Blind:  towards the cost of Iris, their Mobile Sight Centre community vehicle
  • Second Sight: to fund solar panels in two hospitals in India. the grant will enable the hospitals to carry out more eye operations and treatments
  • Bangladesh Protibandi Unnayan Sangstha (BPUS), Bangladesh: for their Economic & Self Employment Development Project
  • Braille Chess Association: to enable VIPs to continue enjoy playing chess
  • Wirral Society of the Blind & Partially Sighted: to fund digital workshops & to upgrade software and hardware
  • Berkshire Vision: for demonstration equipment i.e. We Walk Smart Cane & Onyx Smart Glasses
  • InterCare: Tanzania: the costs of shipping ophthalmic equipment to Tanzania
  • Fife Society for the Blind: for accessible technology demonstration equipment
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: for a special edition of the Community Eye Health Journal in print & online & development of online training resources on eye surgery
  • Walsall Society for the Blind: for demonstration equipment
  • Accrington & District Blind Society (ELVIN): for hardware for their Sight Resource Centre
  • Advantage Africa: to support 65 young people with oculocutaneous albinism in Uganda
  • Leicester Hospitals Charity: DEAPP project to provide access to diabetes education for children with visual impairments, or who might develop a visual impairment
  • Childhood Eye Cancer Trust: to support children with retinoblastoma & their families
  • Sightline Vision Northwest Ltd: to support their telephone befriending service into 2024
  • Sight Advice South Lakes: to enable their quarterly magazine to be published in large print, audio & online
  • Torch Trust for the Blind: to enable their Christian Literature Service to offer large print, Braille & audio versions of their books
  • Walthew House: towards the costs of producing and distributing accessible information to visually impaired people
  • Ulverscroft Vision Research Group: funding research into childhood eye disease to 2024
  • World Child Cancer: for retinoblastoma treatment in Ghana & Cameroon
  • IMET2000: to equip the Eye Clinic at Herona Hospital in Uganda & to run the clinic for 12 months
  • RAF Association: for their Air Mail Newsletter
  • 4 Sight Vision Support: for Low Vision Kits
  • Medic to Medic: to train optometrists in Malawi over three years
  • Mondo Foundation: for beds & glasses for the students at the Longido Blind Unit in Tanzania, & Braille paper & for servicing of Braille equipment.
  • University of Leicester: research into Optical Coherence Tomography in children
  • Queen’s University Belfast: Ulverscroft Chair in in Global Eye Health Transitional Research for Equitable Eye Care: TREE programme
  • Newcastle University: clinical research funding into improving corneal healing via modulation of tissue
  • University of Liverpool: research into the treatment of glaucoma
  • Second Sight: to build a floor at the Laxman Eye Hospital in India
  • Ruharo Eye Centre: retinoblastoma project and outreach work in Uganda
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical medicine: surgical training programme in Africa
  • Foresight Gardening Enterprises: gardening equipment
  • InterCare: for medicines and equipment for blind schools in Zambia
  • Ulverscroft David Owen Prize: a book prize awarded to a trainee ophthalmologist. This prize, given in memory of our late chairman has been extended to 2023
  • Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group: volunteer expenses & transport costs
  • Sight for Surrey: equipment to produce their magazines & also marketing material for their Living with Sight Loss events
  • Open Country: replacement tandems & equipment for their Tandem Clubs
  • Charnwood Talking News: laptops, players & USBs used to produce their talking newspapers
  • Blind Cricket England & Wales: equipment & transport costs
  • Extant: Pathways Programme over three years to enable visually impaired people to access training in the performing arts
  • Bromley Talking News: equipment & studio costs to enable production of their talking newspapers
  • World Medical Education: for video-based multimedia education on eye diseases
  • Living Paintings Trust: to support ‘Touch to See’ book clubs
  • Deafblind Scotland: Follow the Leader courses for mental health & wellbeing
  • Southend on Sight: towards the annual cost of their Newsletters
  • Improving Lives Plymouth: to update their IT demonstration equipment
  • North East Sensory Services: towards updating their equipment & software needed for their transcription services
  • Listening Books: to support memberships
  • Devon Development Education: to complete a hostel at Katente West School, Uganda
  • Sense International: for specialist eye equipment in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda
  • John Fawcett Foundation: to fund cataract operations in Bali
  • Scarbocchia: for sports equipment
  • Walsall Society for the Blind: for a computer & software to produce their talking newspapers & magazines
  • Devon in Sight: for assistive equipment for visually impaired people to borrow or try out
  • Coventry Resource Centre: for redevelopment of the Centre to provide more services to visually impaired people
  • Equation Nottingham: for Braille & large print contact cards for people in danger of abuse
  • Calibre: to support memberships of their audio library
  • The Courtyard Trust: for Braille signage
  • Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust: narrowboat cruises
  • Henshaws Society for the Blind: for their I Can Do It courses and activities
  • Open Sight Hampshire: Early Years Family Support Group, Portsmouth
  • Wiltshire Sight: towards setting up a Resource Hub in Salisbury
  • Galloway’s Society for the Blind: equipment to demonstrate new technologies
  • Chailey Heritage Foundation: equipment to improve children’s functional vision
  • Bury Society for Blind & Partially Sighted People: towards developing their Information Hub
  • Sight for Surrey: for specialist demonstration equipment
  • Braille IT: for an Orbit Reader & Braille paper & Braille books