As a local Bristol charity, we are keen to connect with local businesses who want to support their communities. Our clients are your customers, and by working together you can demonstrate your community credentials and raise awareness of your business, whilst providing invaluable support to a local charity which is really making a difference to people's daily lives.
You can get involved in a number of ways, through team fundraising challenges or volunteering days, a Charity of the Year partnership, or sponsorship of services. Get in touch and we can explore ideas together, or have a look through some of the ideas below.
|Charity of the Year|
Charity of the Year partnerships can be hugely beneficial – to us and to you. We are focussed on local, face to face support, and we would love to work with businesses who also make an impact locally.
You can sponsor different aspects of our work, from our work with young people to our monthly hubs in the community – get in touch if you would like to sponsor our events, activities, or maybe your local Community Sight Loss Advisor?
If your employees can give their time, this is a fantastic way to help us. There are lots of ways you can get involved, and we will work with you to find a volunteering project that fits your team.
|Fundraise for us|
Get colleagues involved and try something different to raise money for Vision West of England. You can have one of our colourful collection boxes, do a sponsored skydive or organise a cake sale, or come up with your own ideas!
|Corporate Away Days|
Your away day can be fun, challenging and include learning all about sight loss. Why not support us by holding your away day in conjunction with Vision West of England?
Can you recommend us to your contacts? Do you know a business that could support us? If you can help us grow our network, that would be a huge benefit, whilst also demonstrating your charitable credentials to your clients and contacts!
How does your business benefit?
Supporting a local charity like Vision West of England can really demonstrate to both your staff and your customers your commitment to supporting the community. It can help boost staff morale, bring teams together and offer training opportunities for colleagues. We can arrange for employees to come and see the work that they are supporting, which we hope will encourage fundraising efforts!
Another way to support us is through promoting payroll giving. You can earn Payroll Quality Mark certificates depending on how many staff sign up, it raises your Corporate Community Investment profile, and donations from the company are tax-deductible.
We will also provide great PR for your business, spreading the word about your support, and will work with you to create a plan that works for both of us. For more information please, call Katie on 0117 322 4885 or email [email protected]
Do you have your own idea?
Get in touch with Katie to talk through your idea and see how your idea can help Vision West of England support local people living with sight loss! Call Katie on 0117 322 4885 or email [email protected]
Your support makes a different to people like Robert…
Robert was a HGV driver, living with his family in Norfolk, when he had a stroke and lost his sight. Upon losing his sight, Robert’s family situation broke down and he moved out, relocating to Wiltshire and sleeping on a friend’s sofa.
Robert felt extremely overwhelmed and daunted when he lost his sight, as he had to relearn how to do so much, in a new town with a very small support network. Robert was put in touch with Alan, one of our Community Sight Loss Advisors and Alan took the time to listen and understand Robert’s situation, providing support in all areas, from helping with new housing, to involving him in local sight loss events, including the monthly Community Tea. In his own words, Robert said, “I don’t know where I’d be without Alan.”
Robert enjoys spending time in the local library and has discovered that he can still read large print books with the right lighting. He has also signed up to our audio library, receiving several books through his door each month. Robert looks forward to opportunities to meet with other people living with sight loss, such as at our regular drop ins and social events.
When we asked Robert what advice he’d give to someone who has recently started their sight loss journey, he said, “However much it may feel like it is, it isn’t the end of the world. Approach it positively and take on the challenge and it will open up a whole new world to you.”