We are extremely grateful for the valuable support of charitable trusts and other charitable organizations.
Grants from trusts and foundations enable us to purchase additional and unaffordable equipment needed to improve the service we provide and enable people using our services to achieve so much more.
Grants also help us to undertake new projects and can provide us with core funding to ensure the continuation of our valuable services into the future.
We are looking for funding through charitable trusts for the following projects:
Low Vision Centre
- Emotional Support Counselling Service
- IT 4 Kids Equipment
- Community Services
- I-Contact Information Courses
- Community Services Team Funding
- New ‘Cause & Effect’ Sensory Room
- Physiotherapy Equipment
Local visually impaired school children are benefiting from a generous £7650 grant from the Ernest Cook Trust. Focus Birmingham will use the grant to help children with sight loss fully maintain their educational potential by supplying them with easily magnified electronic book readers. The ICT for kids e-readers project is run by our Low Vision Centre and fully funded by generous grants from charitable Trusts. www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk
Focus Birmingham are launching a dedicated new volunteer-led Telephone Befriending Service as part of our Visual Impairment Support team. This new project will be volunteer led by individuals who have a visual impairment themselves and are able to provide real empathy and understanding with people losing their sight. Whilst they are not counsellors or support workers, they all receive detailed training and can provide really valuable support through conversation and a listening ear. Focus are grateful again to the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, for awarding us a grant of £9,500 and making it possible for us to run the service. If you would like to know more about the befriending service please click here.