MP praises local pioneering disability centre during visit

Jo Swinson MP and Ally Shaw
Jo Swinson MP and Ally Shaw

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson was recently given a tour of a groundbreaking Visual Impairment and Learning Disability (VILD) centre in Bishopbriggs.

Established in 1995, the centre is run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland. It offers a range of day support, visual assessment and consultancy services. As well as supporting those with learning disabilities, the centre also supports people with dementia, stroke and autism.

Ms Swinson said: “I was delighted to see the great work being done to support those with sight loss and a learning disability.

“I was able to learn more about the ‘Being There’ campaign which ensures that vision support officers provide a bridge between health and social care, making sure that patients receive the support and information that they need to be independent and to learn the skills that they need in order to adapt to losing their sight.

“We’re fortunate that Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board run a vision support service. I’m calling for every health board in the country to run this service to ensure no one is left to face sight loss on their own.”