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Living Paintings helping to reduce loneliness among older blind people through their Touch to See Book Clubs

Living Paintings is a unique charity which uses its library of tactile and audio books to help blind and partially sighted people to learn and engage with the world around them.

Touch to See Books

The charity’s Touch to See books contain raised tactile images accompanied by atmospheric audio guides. They allow blind and partially sighted people enjoy a wide range of topics such as art, history, architecture, gardening or fashion.

Reducing loneliness for blind and partially sighted people

Age UK states that 1 million people will go a whole month without speaking to anyone. Social isolation is particularly an issue for those with visual impairments, who often find it difficult to meet new people.

Touch to See Book Clubs aim to reduce loneliness by encouraging members to get out of the house and take part in shared creative activities. The Book Clubs stimulate conversation, stir memories, allow people to talk and encourage people to take up new interests. Because of this, they are an ideal catalyst for developing social networks and giving people a purpose.

Living Paintings used their £40,000 grant to fund more Touch to See Book Clubs

This grant is supporting the charity’s network of Touch to See Book Clubs; funding the salary of a Volunteer Co-Ordinator and the production of new Touch to See books.

We are so delighted that the Masonic Charitable Foundation has chosen to support our work with a generous award that will enable us to continue and expand our very special project working to end the desperate isolation that is suffered by blind and partially sighted people living in their later years. With 250 clubs across the country there is so much more that we could do, demand is huge, and this award will go a long way in helping make the work possible.

Camilla Oldland, Chief Executive of Living Paintings

 

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