Vision Care for Homeless People
Contact: Mr David Brown
C/o Hackney Homes
The Clock House, 149 Stamford Hill
Tel: 0203 286 4186
About Vision Care for Homeless People
VISION CARE FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE (VCHP) is a small UK charity that provides free eye tests and glasses for homeless people. Operating from six homeless persons’ day centres, we run weekly or twice weekly clinics in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton.
Each of our six clinics provides:
• Comprehensive eye examinations
• Free glasses
• Referrals for further medical care when needed
We are only able to obtain funding from the NHS for less than half of our homeless patients. Nevertheless, we provide all our patients with glasses free of charge. We make up the difference through gifts in kind, through charitable donations and by the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
We provide glasses for 1,400 homeless people each year, plus another 300 at Crisis at Christmas in London, but our research points to an annual need for nearer 9,000 homeless people to receive glasses, so we have plans to expand. Our future plans are to firstly maintain our existing services by raising charitable funds to pay for the 54% of our homeless patients who are not eligible for NHS support, secondly to develop local ownership of clinics by forming volunteer teams and local governance and thirdly to pilot mobile eyecare services in London and Manchester.
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