2021 has been another challenging year for all of us but we can only hope for better things to come as we move into 2022.
We’ve pulled together our annual review, highlighting some of the work we’ve done in the past year. Scroll down to view it.
Despite COVID-19, our team supported over a thousand people last year, a real credit to their commitment and hard work! They will take a well deserved festive break, closing early on Friday 24th December and re-opening on Tuesday 4th January, 2022. If you have an emergency while we are closed, the Council Emergency Social Work number, which can also be used out of hours, is 0345 301 1120.
Information and Support Drop-in changes
Our Friday visual impairment drop in sessions will be changing from afternoons to mornings on December 24th, until the end of March. The Friday hearing loss drop-in will continue to be offered in the afternoon, other than on Christmas Eve, when it will be in the morning. We look forward to seeing you!
During the year, we successfully applied for funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and Lidia Dye, our new Community Development Worker, joined us in late November. Lidia will be setting up local groups outside of Perth. She’ll initially be focusing on the areas around Kinross, Auchterarder, Crieff and Comrie, before moving further north. So if you would be interested in joining a group, suggesting themes, or helping as a volunteer, Lidia would love to hear from you – please give her a call (Tuesday to Thursday) on 07900 707 542.
I was delighted to hear from Bev, our Volunteer Manager, that recent testing of some smaller social groups in the community had been greatly enjoyed by participants. Since the winter months can be a bit daunting (as well as COVID-19), we hope to restart these smaller groups in the Spring. A huge thank you to our volunteers, without whom we couldn’t have done it!
New Year, New Premises!
As mentioned in previous newsletters, our premises at New Row have been up for sale and with the sale almost through, we hope to be moving to Perth High Street at the end of January 2022. We’ll be setting up a temporary Resource Centre there whilst we fundraise for a permanent Sensory Hub on the ground floor, more information in the next newsletter!
Thank you for your help!
I’d also like to thank everyone who has supported our fundraising in the past year, your help has been really appreciated. As a charity, around 60% of our income has to be raised by us in different ways and your contribution really makes a difference for so many people in Perth and Kinross who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. From October 2021, we also took on the hearing loss work from RNID, so can now offer a full range of sensory services.
Finally, despite these ever-changing and challenging times, the Team here at VisionPK would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and our best wishes for 2022!
Gwenn McCreath, Chief Executive, VisionPK
Click here to download our 2020-2021 Annual Review