My name is Ashrafia Choudhury and I am the Chair of Beyond Sight Loss.
We are a user led peer support organisation for blind and partially sighted people living and working in Tower Hamlets.
My own experience of having macular degeneration motivated me to make a difference to the people living with visual impairment and sight loss.
After graduating, I embarked on a number of roles working in the visually impairment sector. However as much as those roles were fulfilling in many ways, I became interested to do a lot more than just help someone to be physically independent.
My desire to work with visually impaired people led me to develop a space for engaging with service users like myself with a wider vision.
The political purpose of engaging with service users was always paramount to me; it is to create a collective voice against the obstacles we face on a daily basis as well as creating conditions for social change where visually impaired people are treated as equal.
Our main aims are to reduce isolation, increase self dependence and enhance the quality of daily life as well as to participate fully in society socially, economically and politically.
Our aspirations are to continue to grow and we certainly can grow stronger with your help and input.
We meet monthly to update members on local and national developments - by inviting guest speakers and to provide an opportunity for social interaction.
We also arrange a variety of monthly outings / activities such as cooking, meals out, theatre trips, visits to places of interests.
If you would like to know more about what we do, know anyone who could benefit from what we provide or would like to become a member or volunteer, please contact us.