Vista launches new initiative to help those with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to use local transport
Funded by the Department for Transport, as part of the Tackling Loneliness Fund, Leicester-based sight loss charity, Vista is working in collaboration with GO Travel Solutions, a sustainable transport consultancy based in Leicester, to tackle loneliness in the lives of others by improving transport accessibility for the visually impaired.
Thursday 30th March will mark the launch of the ‘On Board with Sight Loss' project, 11am to 1pm, in Humberstone Gate West, Leicester. Local transport operators will be in attendance to mark the launch of materials to educate bus, train, and taxi staff about the accessibility needs of people with sight loss.
Lesia Smaditch, Project Manager at Vista, commented “We are looking forward to welcoming local transport operators and the wider community as we launch ‘On Board with Sight Loss’ project, providing operators and their drivers with a range of training materials to help them understand how best to support passengers who have sight loss.”
Cliff Jones, Director of GO Travel Solutions, commented “It’s great to be working with Vista on such an important project. It has helped us understand the difficulties people with sight loss face, resulting in a collaborative approach to creating a range of initiatives to make public transport more accessible. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of local public transport operators, who are key to informing their staff on how best to support customers with sight loss.“