Guernsey Government House

Visit to Guernsey Blind Association

GBA2 Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowLast Thursday (11 Apr) His Excellency and Lady Corder paid a visit to witness first hand the work of the Guernsey Blind Association at its Vision Support Centre in St Andrews.

The Charity, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, provides advice, support services, and a social network for islanders living with visual impairments.  Examples of its work range from advice about (and provision of!) specialist equipment such as high powered lamps and magnifiers to help with reading through to a longstanding audio news service that records and distributes recorded extracts of newspapers and magazines.  

Sir Ian and Lady Corder were welcomed by the Charity's Patron Lady Carey before being shown around the centre's custom built facilities by vision support advisor Debbie Clarke.  They also met a selection of the service users enjoying a coffee and craft afternoon together with a number of trustees and volunteers.  His Excellency thanked all those who supported the Association and commented that it was clear that the GBA was providing an invaluable and comprehensive service helping people to cope with the many challenges of visual impairment in a practical, pragmatic, and sensitive manner. He sincerely hoped that they would continue to do so for the next hundred years as well!