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National Lottery Community Fund grant set to benefit over 500 blind children in England and Wales

The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) has received more than £650,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund) to extend its Family Support Service. The service will be delivered in collaboration with four partner organisations - Wales Council of the Blind, North Wales Society for the Blind, Vision Support and Kent Association for the Blind.

This funding, from the largest community funder in the UK, will transform the service, enabling many more families to cope with the challenges that the diagnosis brings, adjust positively and develop the knowledge and skills to encourage the best possible future for the child. From the earliest stages of a diagnosis, families will have access to a unique blend of tailored, one-to-one emotional and practical support that will ensure they have access to the help and information they need, whether that be therapeutic interventions, help with completing benefit applications or support from peer networks.

Together, the participating organisations will work with local professionals who have a direct impact on the lives of blind and partially sighted children to ensure that families are not isolated but are instead engaged with their communities at a time when they could be most vulnerable. The partnership will also work towards changes in the ways statutory services work with families affected by sight loss.


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