Life-changing healthcare clinic offered to Changing Lives’ residents in York by Specsavers - My CMS

Changing Lives’ accommodation centre in York has benefitted from a free eye-care clinic delivered by Specsavers Acomb.

The Specsavers Home Visits team from the optician’s Acomb branch visited Changing Lives supported accommodation project at the Union Terrace site in York last week to offer free eye-care consultations to the people we support.

Kelly Cunningham, Service Manager for Changing Lives in York, said:

“Changing Lives is delighted that Specsavers Acomb have offered to provide eye tests and glasses to our residents.

“We provide accommodation for 39 individuals at our Union Terrace site, emergency accommodation via hospital discharge and a wide range of support services.

“Individuals who have experienced homelessness often in turn experience ill health because they haven’t been able to access appropriate healthcare for a variety of reasons and eye care is often forgotten.

“By providing an eye clinic on site and glasses free of charge, Specsavers is helping the most vulnerable members of the community to protect and improve their sight, which is absolutely fantastic.”

Alexandra Brightwell, manager of Acomb Specsavers, said:

“As a team, we want to support those in the local community who are less fortunate than us. No matter what their reason is for being homeless, it’s important that they receive assistance whilst they’re trying to get themselves back onto their feet.

“For them to have every opportunity to find a job, they need to be in good health and have a network they can access which encourages them to stay positive. It’s also worth saying that an eye test is about more than getting a prescription for glasses, a routine eye check can detect signs of a number of common health conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“If we do find that any of the patients show signs of these sorts of conditions, then we will look at getting them referred for treatment.”

In York, Changing Lives provides a 39-bed supported accommodation centre for men who have experienced homelessness in York, as well as a specialist accommodation projects for women and young people.

Changing Lives has been delivering life-changing support to people experiencing homelessness in and around York since the charity merged with the Arc Light centre in 2016. Changing Lives now provides supported accommodation from two established sites, as well as offering shared housing satellite properties for people ready to move on from supported accommodation, and an outreach service for people facing discharge from hospital with nowhere to stay.

The Specsavers Home Visits team travel across Yorkshire visit homes and care homes to provide a comprehensive eye-care service to those who cannot get to their local store unaccompanied

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