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Focus Birmingham - Vote for us in The People's Millions

  Focus Birmingham has been shortlisted as one of the charities to receive funding from The People's Millions but we need your votes. People's Millions Banner 1    

Losing some or all of your sight can be a very distressing and have a big effect on your life. Our vision is of a world where visual impairment and other disabilities do not limit or determine opportunity, and where people value their sight. The project we hope to receive funds for aims to raise the awareness and highlight the challenges facing people with sight loss and offer practical support.


It has two aspects, firstly a celebrity endorsed event where a celebrity will attempt a variety of daily tasks as a visually impaired person. This event will highlight how difficult tasks such as making a cup of tea to shopping can be when facing sight loss without the right practical support.


Following this event there will be four new volunteer-led community projects launched for people with sight loss, their family or carer in Birmingham: ‘can’t see, can cook’, ‘gym buddies’, ‘shop ‘til you drop’ and ‘access the arts’.

Focus Birmingham plays a crucial role in supporting people who are experiencing sight loss. These community projects will be able to provide local, practical help within people’s homes and communities and make a real difference to their lives.

How and When to Vote

The voting lines will open at 9am on Wednesday 26th November and will close at midnight of 26th November. The telephone number will be revealed on the People’s Millions website as well as the Focus Birmingham website from 9am and a list of projects in each ITV region will appear in the Daily Mirror along with their voting telephone numbers.

(Mobile and BT landline votes cost no more than 15p. Other landlines may vary. No profits are made by ITV or Big Lottery Fund from the calls).

Anyone can vote from anywhere in the UK.


Please do start to tell friends, family and anyone you know that we need them to call next Wednesday to register their vote.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on


Thank you for your support and keep an eye out for the telephone number on Wednesday 26th November. Your support will help to change lives of those individuals living with sight loss!

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Focus on Film

Focus Birmingham in partnership with 104 Films is leading a film project with 23 visually impaired young people aged 13 to 19 years. The project sessions are led by award winning director Justin Edgar and Film editor Phil Arkinstall.

The young film makers are creating 2 films, one a documentary about viewing film and the second a scripted film, devised, written and acted by them.

Inspiration sessions were held, including one led by Focus Birmingham Director of External Relations Vidar Hjardeng.  The attendees learn practical sound, camera and editing film skills. At each workgroup they take roles as interviewee, interviewer, director, camera person, sound engineer, editor or actor.


The films will all be created and filmed around the Focus Birmingham site and a film club is part of the legacy of this project. Once the films are completed a celebratory premier is planned for later in the year.

Chris Sheriff is running for Focus Birmingham in the London Marathon 2015

I am in training for the London Marathon in April 2015.

'As this will be a real challenge, I'm grasping the opportunity to raise some much needed money for Focus Birmingham a leading charity for people facing sight loss in my hometown.

This will be the longest distance I've ever run, having only previously done half marathons. Any donations will provide a much needed boost to motivate me on my long training runs during the winter months. I only hope that the current predictions about the coldest winter in 100 years are wrong!'

Focus Birmingham supports visually impaired and disabled people, together with their carers, to live fulfilling and independent lives by providing services that reflect their wants and needs. The charity's day services teams work with adults from the age of 19 to deliver stimulating programmes of activities which are tailored to the needs of the individual. It specialises in working with people with visual impairment and other complex needs and providing appropriate support so that each person can achieve their full potential.

Focus Birmingham currently delivers residential care and support services from locations in Kings Norton (Selly Oak Road) and Erdington (Beech House). The service provides 24-hour care and support to adults who have a visual impairment, learning and physical disabilities and other associated complex needs.

Focus Birmingham's low vision centre provides a comprehensive range of services enabling people to use their vision to the greatest potential when facing sight loss.

Please support Chris in his challenge by visiting his page and donating today. If you would like to get involved with Focus Birmingham please contact Jasmin Rana at or give her a call 0121 4785239.