Living Paintings change perspective
Living Paintings is a national charity and, although our preference is always to support local, grassroots voluntary groups because they are best placed to respond to local needs, we do make exceptions when a national charity is fulfilling a need which is otherwise unmet.
One great example of this is the small grant of just £450 to Living Paintings, which has made a huge difference to blind and partially sighted older people in Somerset. Our funding enabled a community-based, volunteer run Touch to See Book Club in Yeovil, supporting 15 blind or partially sighted people and three volunteers for 12 months. For elderly people who often live alone, blindness can lead to life-shattering isolation, leaving them cut off from the world around them. From beneficiary feedback, we know that 88% have gained self-confidence significantly, and 93% have experienced a significant improvement in their quality of life.
Danni (pictured) is one of the 15,000 beneficiaries of Living Paintings, is shown exploring the visual world using Touch to See books, produced by Living Paintings. The charity runs 343 Touch to See Book Clubs nationally, including four in Somerset.