Blind Veterans UK welcomes ECLOs to Brighton centre

The charity hopes that by informing ECLOs of its work they will refer patients in need of support

Blind Veterans UK rehabilitation centre

Blind Veterans UK has welcomed eye clinic liaison officers (ECLOs) to its Brighton training and rehabilitation centre to educate them about the work it does and the support that it provides its beneficiaries.

Established over 100 years ago with the aim of providing support to blind and visually impaired ex-Service men and women, the charity hopes that by better informing ELCOs about its work, more patients will be referred to the charity for its free support and services.

Blind Veterans UK estimates that there are currently 59,000 blind veterans that would be eligible to access its specialist support, most of whom are not currently aware of it.

During their visit, the ECLOs from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust were given a tour of the building and showed the facilities available to the veterans, including an arts and crafts workshop, gym and swimming pool. They also learnt about the training and equipment offered to veterans from the charity’s rehabilitation and training manager, Paul Hartley.

Reflecting on the visit, ECLO Sonya Nikchevska, said: “It’s great to see the incredible range of equipment that is available to the veterans.

“It means such a lot for people with vision impairment to be able to maintain or even pick up new skills, it really helps to restore their confidence. I’m so pleased to see that Blind Veterans UK makes such great use of the technology that is available to help their veterans."