BrisDoc’s Homeless Health Service (HHS) have recently been in contact with Vision Care for Homeless People, a charity who provide eyecare services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.
The majority of homeless and vulnerable people are not in receipt of financial benefits, so are not eligible for an NHS eye examination and a voucher towards their spectacles. For those that are, not many opticians will make spectacles free of charge, and a small charge may be unmanageable. We provide a fully comprehensive, high quality service totally free of charge.
The team at our HHS hope to collaborate with the charity to be able to offer an opticians service for the homeless population of Bristol.
John Hegley, a performance poet and comedian with links to the charity gave a fascinating radio interview on BBC Radio 4 following a visit to one of the charity’s clinics to see how their wonderful volunteers help homeless people regain the gift of sight.
You can listen to the interview on demand – here