Community Engagement Officer, Liz Bowman, is also the project worker for ‘Optimeyes’. This is a regional joint project working with other sight loss organisations from Hull, South Lincs, York, and North Yorkshire in partnership with RNIB to share good practice and ideas about new ways to identify and help members of the public who may already be suffering a degree of sight loss but are unaware of the support services available at SRSB or their local sight loss charity.
This two year Lottery Funded project, targeting the 50+ age group, also focuses on passing on information about how to keep your eyes healthy, the importance of diet, exercise and regular eye checks and trying to stop or reduce smoking. The team also have an 'Eyes Right' toolkit offering members of the public a simple vision screening check, which is available at most community events. Liz and Julie are particularly interested in hearing from any groups whose members fall predominantly in the fifty plus age range who may wish to book an eye health talk or visit from the Community Engagement Team.