RNIB Scotland closes its Gala office

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People in the Borders who are told they are losing their sight will continue to get the help they need to adjust to a life without vision, despite the closure of sight loss charity RNIB Scotland’s Galashiels office last week.

Launched four years ago, the charity’s vision support service offers emotional support for those first diagnosed with sight loss, alongside practical help to maximise people’s independence.

However, with the initial start-up funding it received from the Scottish Government now finished, RNIB Scotland has said it will maintain the service from its own funds this year, based in local community venues for the time being.

But director John Legg warned it will require additional support, in funding and in kind, if it is to continue in the longer term. The service is now looking for alternative accommodation within health and social care services.

He added: “On current trends, the numbers with sight loss could double over the next 15 years. We’re committed to helping people in the Borders.”