Last night 1st November at the Visionary Conference 2017 we were announced the winners of the ‘Changing Live’s’ award for the support and relationship built with Sinem, a young person who has had to climb many more mountains than the average teenager. The daughter of Turkish Kurds, who came as refugees to England in the early 1990s, S was born with albinism and has photophobia, nystagmus, astigmatism and oculocutaneous albinism. S experienced a lot of bullying because of her cultural heritage, sight issues and albinism. She did not always receive the support she needed and only received long cane training when she was 16 years. She came to us after finding out about the young people’s group. “Southampton Sight went the extra mile and did what no one else offered to do. Without their support I would have struggled and I don’t think I would have got to University”. Her mother said: “Over time I have come to see how much Southampton Sight has invested in S as an individual and I have seen that this has increased her confidence and her communication skills. I now see how much Southampton Sight helps people with sight loss”.

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