Support from The National Lottery Community Fund

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We are over the moon to have been awarded an incredible £300,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund Wales.

The new five-year grant from The National Lottery will expand and improve our support services for people affected by macular disease in Wales. The funding will enable us to work with vision impaired people and their families, health, education and public services, employers, teachers, volunteers and other charities. 

Together we'll offer a comprehensive suite of accessible services supporting vision impaired people of all ages across Wales to fulfil their potential and live healthier, more independent lives. 

The project will provide peer-support, equipment and technology, daily living skills, volunteer development, health and wellbeing support, and a young people’s service.

John Rose, director of the National Lottery Community Fund Wales, said: "In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups. 

"I would like to congratulate the Macular Society on the work they are doing. Theirs is an important project that will support people now during the current crisis, and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”

We are enormously grateful to Wales’ National Lottery players for their support to ensure that the 85,000 people across the country who are affected by macular disease do not have to face sight loss alone.

Nationwide support

The National Lottery Community Fund has supported over 6,000 people with macular disease across the UK since 2008, with grants totalling over £1.5m.

Projects include: boosting the independence and social inclusion of people diagnosed with macular disease in Wales; reducing isolation in older people with macular disease, and beating the fear and isolation of macular disease in Northern Ireland; practical and emotional support for people with sight loss in Scotland; and telephone befriending, and volunteer development and rehabilitative training, both in the north of England.

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year for communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. We rely wholly on generous grants and donations like this to provide the right support at the right time, for everyone affected by macular disease.