Local schools in fine voice for Southend in Sight festive activities

Choirs from local schools are joining with Southend in Sight this Christmas to help raise funds for the local charity. The West Leigh Junior School choir were in very fine voice on Monday 3 December when they joined staff and volunteers from local sight loss charity Southend in Sight to sing carols for commuters.

More than 30 children from West Leigh Junior School together with music teacher Miss Fisher and Headteacher Mr Lear, paid a visit to Leigh-on-Sea station on Monday evening to sing a selection of favourite carols and raise money for Southend in Sight. Commuters returning home were treated to the sight of excited little faces singing in the ticket hall. Southend in Sight volunteers were on hand with collecting buckets and the assembled parents and commuters were very generous, donating to Southend in Sight so it can continue to help those living with sight loss across Southend. The collection raised £726.67, the largest amount ever raised at this annual event.

Southend in Sight continues its festive activities with a door to door collection with Santa and his elves (aka Thorpe Bay Rotary Club) on Monday 10 December and a special Christmas Carols in the Afternoon event at Porters, the Mayor’s official residence on Wednesday 12 December. The Choir from Westcliff High School for Girls will be providing the musical entertainment. Tickets are just £10 and include Christmas tea. The fun begins at 2pm until 4pm. Call 01702 342131 to book a place.

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Waitrose visit for Southend in Sight members


Our members had a super time at Waitrose on Friday 30 November. After a little Christmas shopping around the store, they were refreshed with tea and cake in the Waitrose studio. A big Thank You to Waitrose staff for making everyone welcome.







Southend in Sight celebrates national award win

Southend in Sight is celebrating winning the Life Changing Impact Award on Wednesday 24 October at The Visionary Conference held at Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham.

The Life Changing Impact Award, sponsored by Thomas Pocklington Trust, is open to Visionary members who can demonstrate the impact they have had on the lives of blind and partially sighted people. Southend in Sight, the Community Services division of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation, won the award because of its commitment to reducing financial concerns in those experiencing sight loss issues.

The charity, based in Hamlet Court Road Westcliff, introduced a volunteer-led service helping people to apply for Attendance Allowance, advising on other benefits and general financial help after finding that many of its service users had no idea that Attendance Allowance was available to them.

Due to their sight loss, individuals were struggling with cleaning, gardening, reading post, getting out and about, shopping, etc. and this regular allowance makes many of these day to day activities easier, meaning people can remain independent. All the attendance allowance applications made with the charity’s help have been successful. Service users can afford to get a taxi, have a regular cleaner, ask people to go out, go shopping and have help in the garden.

Lucy Martin, CEO of the charity said ‘We have helped reduce money anxiety for our elderly service users, who now know they have enough money to live on and they won’t be in debt or lose their property. And most importantly we have helped people take control of their lives. With changes to benefits, we see a group of people living day to day but feeling like their fate is in somebody else hands. With our help and support, blind and partially sighted people have felt like they are back in control of their life and their future.’

David Hurst, Chairman of Trustees for the charity attended the Visionary Conference in Birmingham to ceremony to accept the award and said, ‘I am delighted the volunteers and staff have been recognised nationally for the excellent work they do in Southend.’


Copyright info and Southend in Sight is the community services division of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation. Southend Blind Welfare Organisation is an independent charity providing practical support and advice to those living with visual impairment and blindness in the Southend-on-Sea area. Registered Charity No: 1069765