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Meet the Team

Our aim is to enable visually impaired people to maintain their independence.

Claire Park

Chief Executive

About Claire

Claire is responsible for the day to day management of the Charity and works closely with the Board of Trustees to lead the organisation in the provision of services for visually impaired people in the South Lakes area. Claire oversees the fundraising strategy for the charity and works closely with the services manager to ensure grant outcomes are being met.

Email:
claire@sightadvice.org.uk

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Amy Pearman

Services Manager

About Amy

Amy is responsible for the management of the project team, who deliver services across South Lakeland. Amy also develops services to ensure we deliver new and innovative opportunities for blind and partially sighted people. Amy is responsible for ensuring grant and funding commitments are monitored and achieved.

Email:
amy@sightadvice.org.uk

Dave Bedford

Fundraising and Events Coordinator

About Dave

Dave is responsible for the day-to-day running of the community fundraising side of the charity. Dave manages his loyal band of volunteers in helping to run store collections, street collections, coffee mornings and events such as Race Nights, Wine Tasting Evenings, Casino Evenings and much more.

Email:
dave@sightadvice.org.uk

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Kath Threlkeld

Development Officer, Cumbria Societies for Blind

About Kath

Kath is the Development Officer for Cumbria Societies for the Blind, the consortium of 5 Cumbrian sight loss charities including Sight Advice South Lakes as a member. Kath is responsible for maintaining and development of the consortium. Through this role Kath develops a cohesive approach to the issues that face visually impaired people across Cumbria. Kath sits on several key steering groups to ensure that visually impaired people are represented at the highest level.

Email:
cumbriasocieties@gmail.com

Scott Hemsley

Community Development Co-ordinator

About Scott

Scott’s main role is helping people with sight loss keep their independence at home, demonstrating practical equipment to aid this and providing a listening ear. Scott also links in with our six local Information and Support Groups. Scott is part of the Low Vision Team which holds monthly clinics and provides magnification and advice on daily living skills.

email:
Scott@sightadvice.org.uk

Emma Barker

Finance Officer

About Emma

Emma is responsible to the Director of the Charity for the weekly and monthly financial administration of the Charity and the trading arm of the Charity SLSB Enterprises. Emma works closely with our external accountants in preparing the monthly management accounts.

Email:
emma@sightadvice.org.uk

Alicia Makinson

Children and Young People’s Coordinator

About Alicia

Alicia runs the Children and Young People’s Project and works with children and young people ages 0-18 who have a visual impairment. Alicia is able to offer both practical and emotional support to families. Alicia organises fun and exciting activities for all age groups and encourages a friendly and supportive environment to all within the project.

Email:
alicia@sightadvice.org.uk

Margaret McClure

Sight Support Coordinator

About Margaret

Margaret is based in our centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and delivers Positive Steps Information sessions to enable people to maintain their independence. Margaret supports people with combined sight and hearing loss and provides Sight Awareness Training to our volunteers and any interested groups and organisations.

Email:
margaret@sightadvice.org.uk

Aileen Ward

Sight Support Advisor

About Aileen

Aileen works on a Wednesday and Thursday at Sight Advice as Sight Support Advisor and first point of contact for visitors and callers to our services. Aileen job share’s with Sarah who works on a Monday and Tuesday. Both aim to be friendly, professional and helpful wherever possible to anyone contacting Sight Advice and work with the wider team raising awareness of our services among the general public.

Email:
aileen@sightadvice.org.uk

Sarah Stoddard

Sight Support Adviser

About Sarah

Sarah shares the role of Sight Support Adviser with Aileen, and works on a Monday and Tuesday. As well as being the first point of contact for all those visiting and calling in to the office on a daily basis, Sarah and Eileen also provide support for other members of the team.

Email:

sarah@sightadvice.org.uk

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Becky Cass

Trainee ECLO

About Becky

Becky Cass started working at Sight Advice in July as the new trainee Eye Clinic Liaison Officer. Becky is based at Westmorland General Hospital in the Macular Clinic and the Eye Clinic where she provides advice to patients and assist them to get help from Sight Advice South Lakes and other sight loss organisations.

Email:
becky@sightadvice.org.uk

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Julie Halford

Volunteer Support Officer

About Julie

Julie is responsible for attracting, recruiting and supporting volunteers. The role also involves promoting new volunteer roles, training and development opportunities.

Email:
julie@sightadvice.org.uk

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Tim Ward

Assistive technology Co-ordinator

About Tim

Tim is responsible for ensuring that people have access to information and technology that can enhance living with sight loss. This can be magnifiers, screenreaders, talking books, adapted phones, adapted iPads, voice controlled robots such as Amazon Alexa. He can provide support at home, work, community events across South Lakes and at the Bradbury Centre.

Email:
tim@sightadvice.org.uk

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Jackie Bateman

Children and Young People’s Coordinator

About Jackie

Jackie is current cover for Alicia, so currently Jackie runs the Children and Young People’s Project and works with children and young people ages 0-18 who have a visual impairment. Alicia is able to offer both practical and emotional support to families. Jackie organises fun and exciting activities for all age groups and encourages a friendly and supportive environment to all within the project.

Email:
jackie@sightadvice.org.uk

Contact Sight Advice

We are always happy to answer any questions or advice we can. Please contact us through our contact page.

Sight Advice South Lakes
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Company No. 7879355

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Registered Charity No. 1145818

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Open

Monday 9.30am - 4pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 4pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 4pm
Thursday 9.30am - 4pm