We are delighted to share news of the award of a grant of £27,900 to Dorset Blind Association from the Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund, to help maintain the ongoing provision of our community support service.
Community support will always be the absolute bedrock of what Dorset Blind Association stands for and delivers, recognising just how vital this is for so many blind and partially sighted people throughout Dorset as they face the daily struggle to cope with the impact of their disability.
Our community support service helps people come to terms with their sight loss and then still lead full, healthy and socially active lives. This support has been even more essential during the coronavirus pandemic and for some of our members, Dorset Blind Association staff and volunteers have provided the main – sometimes only – source of regular, reliable help to cope with the additional stresses and strains of lockdown.
The CAF Resilience Fund comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Community Match Challenge funding scheme as part of the Government’s coronavirus support package for charities.
Applications to the Fund far exceeded the available funds, so Dorset Blind Association is extremely grateful that the importance and value of our community support work was assessed as amongst those most deserving of support.