Duke of York Community Initiative Award

York Blind & Partially Sighted Society received the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award in 2007 in recognition of our best practice in community enterprise and leadership. We are very proud to announce that this has just been renewed in September 2012.

The principal aim of The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is to foster and increase community spirit throughout the four Yorkshire counties. To receive the Award each project should be able to demonstrate that:

  • It has been initiated, developed, and led by the community it serves.
  • It has made a significant impact on its community.
  • It has brought identifiable benefits to the community.
  • It has been successful in generating community spirit.
  • It has brought about an increase in community participation.
  • It has attracted resources.
  • It can provide an example to others and be willing to share its experience

YBPSS are very proud to be recipients of this award.

Duke of York Certificate award

Duke of York Certificate award

Mentoring & Befriending

We are delighted that our Home Visiting Service has been re-accredited by the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation and our Approved Provider Standard has been granted for a further 3 years.

Our scheme meets the key management and operational requirements of the standard and is deemed to deliver a quality service. The assessment confirmed we have a clear supervisory structure in place to support the project and the preparation process for participants. Volunteers are appropriately screened and are then given relevant training and guidance, a careful matching procedure is in operation and on-going support is provided once the relationships have begun. So, anyone who uses our Visiting Service can be assured that it is provided to the highest standards.

National Lottery – Big Lottery Fund Project

In April 2008, we were delighted to begin a 5 year project, funded by the National Lottery, Big Lottery Fund.

We are absolutely delighted that, through this project we were able to helpĀ  more people every year to maintain their independence.

The Big Lottery Fund helped us to:-

  • Provide an accessible, spacious and up to date Resource (Equipment and Information) Centre
  • Provide demonstrations of equipment to aid independent reading, use of high technology and computer training
  • Organise user led activities, such as our exercise class, local history group and music group
  • Train more volunteers to help blind and partially sighted people through our centre or outreach service