If you have an elderly friend or relative in need of glasses but without the money to pay for them, Specsavers Brighton would like to hear from you.  Setting its sights on improving vision in the local community, Specsavers Brighton has teamed up with Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen on an initiative that aims to help elderly residents see clearly.

Uniting AgeWell is a care service that helps ageing people live in the comfort of their homes for as long as possible, providing its members with group social support, assistance with day-to-day chores and regular social activities.

The 12-month initiative will see Specsavers Brighton and Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen work together to identity four Bay Area residents suffering from poor vision and who are struggling with the financial cost of new glasses. The residents selected for the scheme will be welcomed in store by the Specsavers Brighton team to receive an eye examination and a pair of complimentary specs of their choice. Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen will provide transport to and from the store for residents with limited mobility and access restrictions.

Specsavers Brighton and Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen are appealing to the community to nominate themselves or a loved one, friend or relative in need. Residents eligible for the scheme must live in the Bay Area and be over 50 years of age.

Specsavers Brighton Optometrist and Co-Owner, Joanne Hau, says, “We are delighted to be working with Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen to help improve eye health in the local community. The team and I are passionate about providing professional eye care to those who need it most. By asking residents to nominate someone in need, we aim to help those facing financial and access struggles who wouldn’t normally ask for help. We look forward to meeting the residents of the Bay Area and hope our small gesture will make a big difference!”

Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen Coordinator, Rossella Frezza says, “Here at Uniting AgeWell, we know just how important eye health is to the wellbeing of the elderly community. Clear vision gives residents the confidence they need to live independently, maintain relationships and participate in social activities. We are very grateful for the generosity of Specsavers Brighton and are pleased to be working with the store on an invaluable initiative that will allow elderly locals to enjoy a good quality of life.”

To coincide with the initiative, Specsavers Brighton is celebrating another partnership with the Lions Club Australia, to help improve eye care overseas. Since the store opened in September 2016, Specsavers Brighton has been encouraging customers to bring their preloved glasses in store to be recycled through the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Thanks to the generosity of its customers, the store has donated hundreds of unwanted specs to the charity, where the collected glasses are cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

Through the Specsavers Community Program, Specsavers Brighton customers will now be able to support the Lions Club Australia by donating the green token they receive after purchasing a pair of glasses directly to the charity. The green token represents a portion of the glasses purchase which is donated by the store’s owners from their profits.

For more information about the Specsavers Brighton and Uniting AgeWell Girrawheen initiative, and to make a nomination or become a member, please contact Rossella Frezza on (03) 9596 0347.