Seescape win Visionary’s Community Impact Award 2023

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Donna, Steve and Caroline from Seescape proudly standing together, Steve is holding the award in the centre of the picture.

Seescape won the Community Award sponsored by Specsavers, at Visionary’s Annual Awards in September 2023.

Seescape supports blind and partially sighted people to live more independently and provides a range of services including rehabilitation, advice, and an assistive technology service.  It also offers social opportunities to those with visual impairments across Fife, as well as community-based assessments, home visits, and drop-ins at its visual impairment hub in Glenrothes to give information on the latest support and technologies available.

The Community Impact Award acknowledges Seescape’s contribution to improving eye health throughout Fife, Scotland.  Award judges praised Seescape for ensuring that the voices of local people, local expertise, and existing contacts throughout Fife were brought together to create positive change.  This included working in partnership with local organisations, such as the NHS, to improve eye health, supporting blind and partially sighted people to improve their community connections, wellbeing and access to assistive technology. In the past year, the charity has modernised and expanded. They have opened a new hub in Glenrothes and have a renewed focus on accessible technology and supporting blind and partially sighted people who are experiencing loneliness or isolation.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognised with this award and grateful to all colleagues for their daily work to support people with sight loss in Fife.

“We pride ourselves on our partnership working, which means we can reach more people and improve lives.

“We know from what our clients tell us that we do a great job, but it’s wonderful to see our approach celebrated by this award.”

Lesley Carcary, Chief Executive, Seescape

“Seescape’s support for people experiencing sight loss is well known throughout Fife, making a profound difference to many lives and I’m now delighted their pioneering work has been acknowledged across the UK with this award and that Seescape is now recognised as a leader across the UK in support for those experiencing sight loss.

“In particular, I would like to pay tribute to the Sight Support and Accessible Technology teams who were singled out for mention for their groundbreaking contribution to supporting individuals with the most up-to-date technological supports and reading materials.

“I’ve supported Seescape for many years and have seen first-hand the amazing work it does throughout Fife. I wish the Seescape staff well in all they do in the years ahead.”

Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister and Seescape’s Honorary President

“With our practices in the heart of communities across the country, we passionately believe in the power of partnership to change lives.

“We know that our NHS remains under huge pressure and that by working together we can support it to deliver its vital work and care for patients.

“Charities play a huge role in our communities, and we are proud to work with Visionary through this award to shine a light on the difference they make.”

Giles Edmonds, Clinical Services Director Specsavers


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