About 10 per cent of people using NCBI services are completely blind, while 90 per cent have varying degrees of usable vision.
The NCBI provide services to over 7,000 people every year. 2,000 of whom we are seeing for the first time. Services are delivered nationally from 12 main Service centers and from a total of 35 locations.
In 2017 NCBI Services started to deploy a Life Cycle Model of Delivery of Service, which focused on how it can best use staff resources for the benefit of those who require its services. This resulted in a staff increase in the Children’s Team. People of Working Age and Older People’s Services are evolving and services are becoming more person centric.
NCBI’s vision is for people who are blind or vision impaired to have the same opportunities, rights and choices as others to fully participate in society.
NCBI services available include emotional support to the individual experiencing loss of vision and to their families, advice and information on all aspects of vision loss as well as practical support and low vision solutions to the challenges encountered by people with vision loss. Services are offered to people of all ages, from birth through to older age. NCBI’s library holds a large collection of audio, large print and Braille books, which are available to members nationwide.
NCBI must raise €4 out of every €10 it spends on services. Its 103 charity shops around the country make a vital contribution to its fundraising efforts. The organization also has an online shop with practical solutions for independent living..
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