Thank You GraphicThis section of our website is dedicated to saying a big thank you to those who have support us financially,  so that we can continue to deliver and increase our services to Hertfordshire residents. Vision loss is predicted to increase across the County in coming years and with your generous support we can be there to help meet the increasing need for our services. We do receive some funding from Hertfordshire County Council and of course we are grateful for that, however we need raise about 80% of our annual service delivery costs through donations, grants, and legacies.

We thank all those who have donated to our charity, below you can read about some of the more recent donations and support:

July 2017: 

Our thanks to the John Lewis Partnership for their donation of £1,170 from their Community Matters Initiative. This funding will enable us to reach and support social groups in Hertfordshire, helping us to  promote and empower people’s independence. Reducing the social isolation that is often experienced by people with vision loss.

Our fundraising and marketing coordinator receiving the cheque from John Lewis.

June 2017: Local company V12 Tech Ltd have answered a recent call for help from the Herts Vision Loss and have funded some specialist computer-based access technology worth over £1,000 to help visually impaired job seekers.   On Friday 16th June V12Tech, Herts Vision Loss and South Hill Centre came together for the launch of the equipment at the Strive, drop in hub, which helps local people to build confidence, overcome barriers, personal development and job search.

Photo of equipment being donated at South Hill Centre

Laptop with SuperNova being donated to the South Hill Centre for use by visually impaired job seekers.

Herts Vision Loss are working with the South Hill Centre to provide visually impaired job seekers with services, advice, and assistance in looking for work in the Hemel Hempstead area and to enable them to demonstrate to visually impaired service users technology that would allow them to overcome barriers they face. South Hill Centre is a Christian community charity based in the heart of Hemel Hempstead. It runs, amongst other things, a number of regular drop-ins, courses and support for unemployed / under-employed / self-employed people in the local area which are open to all.

The South Hill Centre put in a request for funding to Connect Dacorum who has a network of great companies who like to help their community.  Will Davis from, Herts Vision Loss said “It’s great to have this support from V12 Tech.  Accessible technology opens up doors for visually impaired people in the world of work; and facilitates finding work as so much of the job market is now on line.  I know the equipment will be put to great use at the South Hill Centre.”

The full Press Release can be downloaded here: Press Release


HCF (Herts Community Foundation Press Release) 2nd May 2017:

Jo, Vanessa, Siobhan and Will from Herts Vision Loss

“Herts Vision Loss, formally Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, has received a significant boost thanks to a grant of £5,000 from Hertfordshire Community Foundation. The funds will help the charity provide in-home counselling services to empower and support people with visual impairment or blindness.

Joanna Carter, Chief Executive Officer for Herts Vision Loss said; “Until now we have been unable to provide counselling to help those who cannot access transport to our centres or who are too isolated or fearful of leaving the house. This money, alongside other funding, will help cover the costs of running an in-home counselling service specifically targeted at those who are house bound but who would benefit from counselling aimed at addressing fear, isolation and depression. It also helps people come to terms with the devastating effects of sight loss. With thanks to our generous funders, we can help these people improve their well-being, reduce their social isolation and perhaps work up to going out to social groups, events or do their own shopping.”

Jonathan Aves, Foundation Director for Hertfordshire Community Foundation said; “We are very pleased to be able to provide this funding to Herts Vision Loss. The project helps people when they are at their most vulnerable and going through very difficult adjustments. Counselling can help them to feel more comfortable and confident, ultimately improving their overall quality of life, which is essentially what the Foundation is all about.”

For more information on how to apply for a grant from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, make a donation or to find out more visit or call 01707 251 351″

The original article can be found by  clicking HERE.

Thank you to the Interact Club at the Astley Cooper School in Hemel  Hempstead

The Club recently held a series of events which resulted in a very generous £1200 donation in support of our work. They held a quiz, an open evening, a disco and even ran a half marathon in support of our cause, wonderful stuff…go Astley Cooper!

All the staff at Herts Vision Loss are very appreciative of their donation. Donations like this really help us to deliver our core services to people experiencing vision loss in Herts. You can read more about their pro-active Interact Club here:


Picture of cheque donation at Astley Cooper School

Young people from the Interact Club with their president Katie Hollis, who is presenting the cheque to our Vision Loss Advisor Sophia (left).