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Sight Support Ryedale is celebrating after receiving £437k of National Lottery Funding to support blind and visually impaired people living in Ryedale. 

Local Charity, Sight Support Ryedale (SSR), is celebrating after being awarded £437,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with blind and partially sighted people. SSR has been supporting its members for nearly 25 years and is currently staffed by 1 full-time, 2 part-time staff, and 20 volunteers. 
The charity offers a range of support and activities to people across Ryedale. These include individual assessments; befriending and well-being calls; magnification assessments; advice on daily living aids; the use of accessible technology; and emotional support. In addition to the services SSR provides regular social groups; chairobics and dancing sessions, Living with Sight Loss Courses; days out, and shopping trips. Activities are held across the area, and wherever possible door to door transport is provided. 
Sight Support Ryedale’s services are designed to help those living with sight loss continue to live independently and with confidence. To reduce social isolation and promote positive mental health. To support those living with sight loss and their families and to raise awareness of the importance of good eye health and care. 
The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will ensure that the charity can continue to be sustainable and increase its capacity over the next three years to support more people in Ryedale. 
Di Tymon Chief Officer a Sight Support Ryedale, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to ensure our continued provision of services for blind and visually impaired people in our area. Through the vital services and activities we provide, people are better equipped to cope with the challenges that sight loss brings. Our work helps to combat social isolation which improves mental health. We bring people together to for peer support and vital signposting to other support organisations. Plus, a bonus is that many friendships are formed” 
Nick Medcalf, Chair of Trustees at Sight Support Ryedale, says: “The security of funding that the National Lottery Community Fund provides will give Sight Support Ryedale the opportunity to deliver its ‘Vale and Moors Inclusion Project’ as well as allowing the organisation to operate with confidence over the next three years. It is an exciting time for all of us as we increase the scope and scale of services and I am grateful to the funders as well as all the staff, volunteers and trustees who will make this next part of our journey so useful to our membership. 
The National Lottery Community Fund recently launched its new strategy, ‘It starts with community’, which will underpin its efforts to distribute at least £4 billion of National Lottery funding by 2030. 
As part of this, the funder has four key missions, which are to support communities to come together, be environmentally sustainable, help children and young people thrive and enable people to live healthier lives. 
National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. Thanks to them, last year The National Lottery Community Fund was able to distribute over half a billion pounds (£615.4 million) of life-changing funding to communities. 
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Current Vacancies at Sight Support Ryedale 

National Lottery Community Funded Positions 2024 
Do you want to make a difference in a charity where our mission is to improve the quality of life for local people with sight loss? 
We are looking for two empathic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated people to assist the Management Team. 
Both roles are National Lottery funded; part time @ £12.79 per hour, plus 3% pension, and on a fixed term contract for three years. 
Activities and Administration Assistant: Arranging and attending activities, dealing with enquiries, and general office administration. 
Engagement Outreach Assistant: Visiting clients, assessing needs, attending activities, and office administration. 
As both roles require working in the community access to a car is essential. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is also vital. 
As we are a small team, a willingness to support other members of staff and cover absences is also essential for both roles . 
For more information and an application pack contact Nicole Hingley, Administration Manager, or telephone 01653 698860. Closing date for applications: 30th March 2024 
Sight Support Ryedale operates an equal opportunities policy and is a disability accredited employer. 
March 2024 

Gentle Exercise and Dance 2024 

Sight Support Ryedale have regular gentle exercise classes in the form of dancing and chairobics. 
If you would like top find out more please call the office on 01653 698860 or email 
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