8th Dec, 2016

Solihull blind charity at risk of closure

Solihull Editorial 1st Dec, 2015 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

A SOLIHULL charity for blind and partially sighted people is at risk of closure.

The Solihull Association for the Blind (SAB) has issued a desperate plea for volunteers to keep it running.

Due to illness and family commitments, the charity’s secretary/fundraiser/administrator of 30 years, has been forced to stand down.

And to fill her boots, the charity are looking for at least two new volunteers to ensure the charity can continue to provide its services.

Expenses and some payment for this work is also able to be negotiated.

SAB has supported blind and partially sighted people in the borough for over 40 years – providing weekly craft classes, a monthly social group, a tandem cycling team and annual holidays.

Charity chairman, David Carrington-Porter, said the charity was entirely reliant on fundraising and volunteers.

He added: “Many of the people who use our services are aged between 70 and 90 years old and it would be a huge blow to them if the classes and activities stopped.

“It’s what they look forward to each week and for those without sighted partners or family members it is their only social activity.”

Mr Carrington-Porter said that while the charity provides support for a core group of 20 people, there are around 1,000 blind and visually impaired people in the borough who could benefit from the charity’s support.

The charity is also looking for general volunteers to help with running other services, including drivers to transports members to and from the clubs; people to help during sessions; and volunteers to visit members at home to provide company or help with everyday jobs such as reading the post or doing the shopping.

Any one interested in volunteering for the Solihull Association for the Blind should call 0121 707 6282 Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.