‘This is about giving someone life opportunities and experiences.’
Focus Birmingham is a specialist charity providing expert support, advice and information to anyone in the Birmingham area affected by sight loss or other disabilities. Because sight loss and disability affects family, friends and carers, Focus Birmingham work to support them too.
What is Focus Birmingham?
Focus Birmingham was originally the Birmingham Royal Institute for the Blind, a specialist school for children with sight loss which was started in the 1800s. They provided an education system and extra curricular activities that these children wouldn’t normally have access to. The demand for these services began to increase for children with a variety of disabilities so eventually, the organisation split to manage the different needs and activities.
Focus Birmingham provides community services, a large specialist day service and a Low Vision centre that’s unique to the West Midlands, as well as a helpline which is run entirely by volunteers. Their aim is to help people come to terms with sight loss and also stay independent.
There are 90 service users, aged 18+, who visit each day.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Focus Birmingham’s story telling session ‘Book Worms’ already receives a great response from service users but they want to expand their sensory book library, providing different experiences and stories for their service users.
Focus Birmingham’s service users with more profound disabilities or sight loss can benefit greatly from multisensory books, as they develop a response to stimulation, improve participation in group activities and further develop an interest in people, events and objects.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Focus Birmingham?
Jasmin Rana, Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Tel: 0121 478 5239