Saffron Walden charity recEIves helping hand from CALA

Saffron Walden based charity, Support 4 Sight, has received £500 funding from CALA's Community Bursary Scheme to provide ongoing support for local residents coping with sight loss.

CALA Group. 08 February 2018

Support 4 Sight helps approximately 4,000 blind and partially sighted people throughout Mid and West Essex. The charity provides emotional support and counselling, as well as offering practical advice for those affected by sight loss on how to live safely and independently at home.


The donation from CALA Homes has been used to fund the charity’s home visit programme, its most popular service which offers local residents one-on-one support. 


The CALA Community bursary was launched last year and the housebuilder invited local charities, organisations and groups to apply for help to fund projects which make a vital difference in and around their communities.


Duncan Jackson, Regional Managing Director for CALA Homes North Home Counties, said: “After receiving lots of amazing applications from many worthwhile causes, we faced an incredibly tough decision when selecting the final successful groups for the Community Bursary initiative. The work that Support 4 Sight does its invaluable to local residents affected by sight loss.   


“With community firmly placed at the heart of CALA, Support 4 Sight perfectly mirrors this ethos and we are delighted to provide this funding for its home visits programme.”


Gary Hyams, Chief Executive of Support 4 Sight, said: “We are thrilled to have received this funding as part of CALA’s Community Bursary.


“All our services provide blind and partially sighted people and their carers with an increase in wellbeing, confidence and emotional resilience, which can help reduce depression and social isolation. With each home visit we undertake, we can help a blind or partially sighted person to live independently and safely in their own home. CALA’s donation means that we can increase the number of these home visits over the next twelve months.”


38066 CALA Homes’ Community Bursary scheme. Saffron Walden, Support 4 Sight . (Back, L to R) Mary Jackson, Freda Clarke, Graham Routledge and 'Caesar', Graham Hawks, Geraldine Robins, Pamela Bugden, Nicola Smith (Volunteer), Margaret Hills and Joy Chipperfield.(Front, L to R) Janice Arkinstall (Volunteer), Charlene Walker, Elizabeth Cowell (Support Worker), Jane Myers and Eileen Gladman (Volunteer.)For more information on Support 4 Sight visit