Innovation for the Blind (previously Institute for the Blind), situated in the care capital town of South Africa, Worcester. Thi non-profit organisation has been catering for the all-inclusive, specialised needs of visually impaired persons since 1881. Their mission is to empower persons who are blind, partially sighted, or deafblind, including visually impaired persons with additional disabilities towards improved quality of life and reaching maximum levels of independence.
The initiative offers five different specialised residential accommodation and care to persons with visual impairments – specifically adapted to their needs as well as supported living apartments. The level of care is determined by the individual’s specific care and medical needs.
At Innovation for the Blind, a variety of therapeutic services and leisure activities are also on offer for their visually impaired and multi-disabled residents. Programmes are structured to develop and explore their individual talents, cultivate new interests, become more adventurous, tackle a new challenge, and develop positive self-esteem.
Leisure programmes include computer training, Braille and English communication, music (Djembe drums and a gospel band), exercise groups, including a group for guide dogs and guide dog owners, chess, and tandem cycling.
Those keen to support can find out more on their website, and donate here. Innovation for the Blind also run two concept stores in Worcester that is manned by persons with visual impairments to assist with running our 2 shops. “Ons Winkel” sells products and gift ideas manufactured by persons in our sheltered employment as well as The Wool Spot where wool and related products are sold in our own unique wool shop.
Where: 132 Church Street, Worcester