In Focus: Specsavers increases charity support

Andrew McClean finds out how access to eye care is being given to homeless people

Specsavers, in partnership with the Big Issue Group and Crisis, has reinforced its community commitment through promoting eye health among homeless people.

The multiple’s work with these charities was part of its broader ambition to break down the barriers that many people experiencing poverty and homelessness faced when receiving healthcare.

Jo Delbridge, director of public relations at Specsavers, told Optician: ‘Specsavers has always had a commitment to the community, as reflects the founding values of our organisation, and as part of our sustainability ambitions we are keen to improve accessibility for all people.

‘This includes some people who can’t access NHS services due to the circumstances they find themselves in. We are working with a number of partners to help improve accessibility and inclusivity.’

Delbridge added many people at Specsavers already supported these charities by volunteering, which the multiple said it actively encouraged.

Specsavers said access to vital services, such as eye care, was prohibitive for people who experience homelessness because they do not have a permanent address. This could make a huge difference to the future prospects of vulnerable people. They also have a higher prevalence of eye conditions that, if left untreated, could lead to permanent sight loss, Specsavers added.

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