A huge thank you to all our funders past and present. These include the following organisations and sources of funding.
Sandwell Council core funding has enabled us to grow and develop. They provide:
- seconded staff – Development Officer and Business Support Officer
- funding in kind that helps us to operate on a day-to-day basis – accommodation at a peppercorn rent, use of phone and internet
- funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which has helped us to purchase two laptops to benefit our members and volunteers.
Big Lottery Awards for All – funds our part-time Enablement and Engagement Worker.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Empowering People in Communities Fund – which pays for our Volunteers Coordinator and to help develop SVI’s volunteers service.
Wates Family Enterprise Trust – help to fund our SocialEyes programme of day trips and adventure activities.
Creative Black Country – for our Unseen Memories project which is a small photography and audio reminiscence project.
Active 60 Group activities are self-funded by members’ contributions, raffles and the money raised from a Winter Bazaar which is open to all.
Tipton Tree of Lights – helps us to support Sandwell Talking News specifically for people in Tipton.
Vision 2030 Vaccine Support Grant – enables us to help our members who need extra support to access vaccines.
New funding for projects coming up soon
Thomas Pocklington Trust – for our Digital Empowerment Project which will mean we can commission a specialist IT consultant for 4 hours per week to work with SVI members and volunteers to increase digital awareness and skills.
UK Shared Prosperity Fund – for a Work to Wellbeing Project in partnership with the Beacon Centre to support blind and visually impaired residents of Sandwell to develop work-related skills.
We receive donations from members and friends, along with legacies and sponsorship activities. We are enormously grateful for everyone’s generous support.
Many thanks too to our volunteers who freely give their time to support SVI and who enable us to offer such wide and varied services to visually impaired people.