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Testimonials about our Services

Quote from Graham who is a client at SRSB

Photograph of Graham 

"Thank you for your help and support with my P.I.P. form and subsequent assessment. You don’t know how much of a relief for us this was. Thanks to both of you (part of SRSB's Community Advice Officers) for your help with this. Having the backup of SRSB throughout my ‘journey’ from when as a sales rep for a paints company being told by an optician when buying a new pair of glasses that “There’s something not quite right about your retina, you need to go to your doctor about it” to my current situation, the advice and direct help from you has been fantastic. I know that sometimes your work must seem like a thankless task, but you and all the team there are very close to my heart. You make Sheffield the best place to live if you have sight loss. Keep up the good work."


Quote from Abi whose son is a client at SRSB

Photograph of Abi Finlay and grandma

"Having a child born with albinism and visually impaired and not really knowing much about it was very daunting. However SRSB were life savers. From attending Little Sparklers when Finlay was just a few weeks old, to making life-long friends, to the advice and support provided by staff, to nipping in for a coffee and a chat. It’s like having that one friend you always can turn to and rely on. Knowing Finlay will have this support in place as he grows is reassuring.”

Quote from Sheila about SRSB Culture Club Trips

Photograph of Sheila

"I have always adored the Theatre from being at school, and when my sight started to deteriorate I didn’t realise that you could still do all the things that you had always enjoyed. I just need guiding now and the Culture Club means that I can still go to the theatre and on other trips too. We go to a real variety of shows and visits and I enjoy all of them – it is the only way I get to go them. We can do what we want to do, it’s our choice. We meet up at the end of the year to plan the following year’s trips. To me it is everything! It’s like opening Christmas presents, it’s wonderful."

Quote from Jerri who attends SRSB's Youth Club

Photograph of Jerri "It's a great place. I'm 14 and I go to the Youth Club it has changed my life, I'm more happy than I was before. They do all sorts of things, like when we had a lovely day at Wentworth Farm, it was such fun."

Quote from Maya who receives our quarterly newsletter:

I get the SRSB newsletter and I have just finished reading the autumn edition. I would just like to compliment the team for putting together such comprehensive information, news, tips, gossip (if I may call it that!) and so on.
The newsletter is done with such clarity and care that I personally feel very grateful and humbled by all the effort you put in to keep us up to date.
Many many thanks"

Quote from Barbara who uses the Equipment Centre and attends Computer Training at SRSB:

Photograph of Barbara at a store collection

"I first came as a client to SRSB in early 2010 referred from the Low Vision Clinic at the Hallamshire Hospital. I was shown the power of daylight lightbulbs and bought a desk lamp from the SRSB Equipment Centre and have recommended them to numerous people. It made sense of the written word to me, and helped in identifying all sorts of objects.

I also heard about the various activities at SRSB and applied for computer lessons. I had little ability and even LESS confidence in using a computer. The system at work had been poor, and this fact coupled with increasing sight loss meant I need to "start from scratch". The individual lessons given by Darren suited my needs perfectly. My confidence and ability have both grown, but I know there are still gaps in my knowledge and Darren's flexible style of teaching is what I need and continue to benefit from......thanks Darren."

Quote from Kathleen and Joyce who attend our Activity Centre each week:

Photograph of SRSB clients “We met after coming to SRSB and have become firm friends ever since. We are picked up and dropped off door-to-door each time we attend. If it wasn’t for SRSB we wouldn’t get out, so it is a pleasure to attend and we look forward to coming and meeting our friends. The staff are marvellous and work so hard, they will always help you if you have any problems.”

Quote from Elsie, who attended the Charles Bonnet Syndrome Support Group at the centre (CBS is a condition where people with sight problems start to see things that they know aren’t real, sometimes called visual hallucinations):

Photograph of an SRSB client who attends the CBS Support Group “I have been attending the CBS Support Group for over a year now and when I first found out about Charles Bonnet Syndrome it was a huge relief. When I came to the group and found out that other people experienced the same or worse than me it really helped me to come to terms with my visions and I feel like I am not alone. I enjoy the company and being able to speak freely to people who understand.”

Quote from Karen whose daughter attended our Little Sparklers Playgroup

 Photograph of mum and daughter at Little Sparklers

"Through Little Sparklers we meet families in similar situations and share experiences, discuss medical opinion and offer each other help and advice." 

Quote from Viv who attends Computer Training at SRSB

 Photograph of Viv

"I feel that I have expanded my technical knowledge since I began Computer Training with Darren at SRSB. I have a tablet at home and have been learning about backing up photos and more about emailing. I feel that my confidence has really improved and Darren is very patient! We do some serious learning, but also have a laugh too!"

Quote from Joyce who attends our monthly Social Evenings:

Photograph of an SRSB client "I have been coming to SRSB for many years. We really enjoy the socials and we alwas have a good sing-song and a dance. We always enjoy the food and entertainment. There is a raffle and I won the star prize of a hamper once! We have transport there and back which means that I can get out. You couldn't wish for a better association!"

Quote from Mary, a client who attended our Teadance event held in conjunction with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Volunteering:

Clients dancing to SRSB Teadance  "Please will you say a big thank you to all the students, musicians, performers and helpers for giving up their valuable time to give us a great deal of pleasure." 

Quote from Carol (and Bailey) who attended our Little Sparklers Playgroup:

Photograph of client from Little Sparklers “Bailey seems to really enjoy the playgroup which is very friendly and well organised. There is a good range of toys and activities for all ages to join in with. It is a bit daunting going to a new playgroup when you don’t know anyone but the staff all know that the children do need that extra bit of help and are there if you need them.”

Quote from Pam, whose mother is a resident at our Care Home:

“My Mum first went to Cairn Home for respite care when we went on holiday. It was a great relief for me knowing my Mum was looked after when I went on holiday it meant our family could fully relax. As Mum required more care she moved to Cairn Home permanently. She would not consider going to any other care home, it is the only place she has ever liked or settled to. The staff are wonderful and very approachable and the home is so clean. I have recently moved out of Sheffield but I didn’t even consider moving Mum. She is so settled and very happy and I can go and visit her at any time. Even though Mum is in a care home the staff always involve me in all aspects of Mum’s care and welfare something which is obviously very important to me.”

Quote from a client:

“When I woke up and couldn’t see, it was as though my world had ended. But with the help of SRSB I am gradually learning to live again.”

Quote from a client who receives phone calls from SRSB’s ‘Tele-Friends’ service:

“I so look forward to our weekly chats. You are the only person I have spoken to this week other than my talking clock.”

Quote from a client:

“The computer package shown to me at SRSB has opened up my life. I can now contact my grandson abroad. I am a cool Gran.”

Photograph of previous Pub Quiz

Fancy putting those brain cells to the test? Then we have just the thing for you... our regular Pub Quiz at the Old Queens Head Pub

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Photograph of SRSBs Mobile Information Unit on Fargate

Our Community Engagement Team visit organisations and events across Sheffield and South Yorkshire to promote awareness about our services and about eye health

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