Walking for Health
The Association for Blind Asians has found that typically when women experience sight loss, they react by learning new skills and adapting to the change, whereas men have a tendency to withdraw themselves, often leading to depression and isolation.
ABA plan to address this by employing a Men's Health Coordinator to organise monthly walks as well as doing home visits and providing information about other services available to BME men.
Participants will find mutual support from each other through their shared experience as well as from bilingual staff and volunteers. There can be some stigma about vision loss, leading to individuals not seeking out the right support; Walking for Health will provide a safe space for people to talk about what is happening to them and how their lives are changing.
Carers will also be able to take advantage of the walks and other services, so that they can get support as they support their loved ones.
The project is citywide so if you or someone you know would like to get involved, please get in touch via the contact details on the right.