Reaching out to the war blinded

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Angus veterans will now have access to a new outreach service to support those with visual impairments and blindness.

The charity Scottish War Blinded has launched an outreach service across Scotland and a dedicated outreach worker has been appointed for Angus, Dundee and Fife.

This will provide free support to the blind and visually impaired veterans to ensure they have access to all the statutory services they are entitled to.

Once enrolled, members are also entitled to free access to the newly built Scottish War Blinded day centre in Linburn, near Edinburgh.

This provides access to a number of onsite activities such as woodwork, archery and the gym, and exciting off-site ones such as 4x4 driving and abseiling, as well as interacting with their peers.

Carole Martin has been appointed as the dedicated outreach worker for this area. She said: “We’d like to encourage anyone who lives in the Dundee, Angus and Fife area who is visually impaired and has served in the armed forces for a minimum of one day to join our free service.

“If you work with someone or have a family member that could benefit from this service please get in touch.”

Rosie McLaughlin, national outreach manager for Scottish War Blinded, added: “Our outreach team is there to support people with a visual impairment in the community, helping them with issues such as housing, benefits, socialising and employment.

“Above all, we are there to listen about their experiences in the armed forces and to offer emotional, practical and financial support.”

The outreach workers are co-located with local societies for the blind with the service covering Angus, Dundee and Fife based in the Dundee Blind and Partially Society.

Members of the service are visited on an annual basis at home and are telephoned every six months as a minimum, although there is flexibility to do so more often.

To contact the outreach worker for Angus, Dundee and Fife please telephone Carole Martin on 01382 227 101.