North East-based optometrists Concept Eye Clinic have made a special donation to support people experiencing homelessness. The clinic has kindly offered free eye examinations and optical care to people accessing Changing Lives' Housing & Homelessness services in the local area.

Newcastle-based Concept Eye Clinic has a long history of supporting local charities and voluntary organisations. Director Shehla Naqvi explained:

“Beyond our state-of-the art clinics, our philosophy is underpinned by a social model of care because we live in a society where more and more people are feeling isolated, experience poverty or health inequalities.

Our work is predicated on the reality that making a positive difference to a person’s vision inevitably impacts their quality of life, place in society, dignity and emotional well being. For ‘hard to reach’ communities, this means moving away from the ‘one size fits all’ model with respect for the individual.

We recognise that human contact can make all the difference in how someone views their health. The work of Changing Lives goes beyond the festive season, but this is certainly a particularly difficult time of the year for many people.”

The support offered goes far beyond a new set of spectacles. The clinic will give a comprehensive overview of an individual’s eye health, which can detect warning signs of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, and help people manage systemic conditions like heart disease.

Healthy eyes and improved vision can make a huge difference to someone’s quality of life, and we are delighted that Concept Eye Clinic are offering this important service to the people we support through the Christmas period and into 2020.

Val Bell from Changing Lives joins Shehla and Vik from Concept Eye Clinic

We offer a range of accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness. We provide a safe place to stay, help to sort out practical issues and deliver tailored strengths-based support. Find out more about our Housing & Homelessness services

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