Angel Eyes Enterprise (North East) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). We work from within the offices of the charity Sight Service, which provides services and support for blind and partially sighted people in Gateshead and South Tyneside. Angel Eyes aims to support people who have a visual impairment into voluntary activities and/or employment.
The underlying philosophy of Angel Eyes is that meaningful activities can dramatically improve a person’s life; employment and volunteering give people a sense of value and purpose. Angel Eyes moves away from the traditional model of a charity, where there is a distinct line between service user and service provider; Angel Eyes works on the premise that Service Users can also be Service Providers. While Sight Service continues to provide solid support for blind and partially sighted people from a professional team, Angel Eyes is driven by blind and partially sighted people and is based around the fact that many blind and partially sighted people have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding sight loss and matters pertaining to it simply because of their own experiences as visually impaired people. Angel Eyes has a pool of volunteers and employees who provide unique and excellent services and support to other blind and partially sighted people as well as presenting information and awareness to people in the wider community.
So far, Angel Eyes has
- produced a visual awareness DVD.
- we have a project which involves blind and partially sighted people teaching computer skills to Service Users who need IT training
- established a general peer advocacy service where blind and partially sighted people offer support and share information and experiences with other blind and partially sighted people.
- we have a number of blind and partially sighted people running various activities for Service Users such as art and music.
- We run a 10 week programme centred around employment and volunteering named the You-Can-Do-It Tool Kit
- We have recently become involved with Sight Service and Action for Blind People’s Active Awareness programme,a project which has been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
- We produce the Looking Good Newsletter.