The Lighthouse for the Blind offers continuous education and professional development to the blind so as to contribute to their social and professional integration. The Lighthouse has created production units that offer employment to visually impaired individuals, producing metal products, cleaning products, and linen. Additional services include the attainment of their member’s independence, the reduction of everyday difficulties the blind are faced with, and the provision of social services. Amongst the plethora of services and activities offered by The Lighthouse, are: Social Services; Tactile Museum; Braille Lending Library; Braille Learning Center; Audio Books Recording Studios & Lending Library; Gymnasium; Computer Learning Center; Ceramics, Pottery, Macrame workshops, and many more. The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece assists 2,500 visually impaired individuals on a yearly basis, 50% of whom are elderly.
Program for the Healthy & Active Ageing of the Blind
The grant regards the development of a program for the promotion of healthy and active ageing of blind persons, focusing on those who have recently lost their eyesight. The program has 3 main pillars: home visits by a health assistant for the provision of health services; psychological counselling services, in the form of individual, family, and group counselling, as well as workshops on various issues related to health promotion; transport and accompaniment of blind individuals to health services, public services, and to cultural and recreational activities. Furthermore in 2015, Lighthouse for the Blind established a medical check-up program in collaboration with the Public Medical Center of Kallithea. Once a week, their members can undergo free blood, cardiological, and radiological exams. In cooperation with the social worker, newly blinded individuals that need to undergo these exams are integrated into the program. The direct beneficiaries are the 100 socially isolated newly blinded persons who will participate in the program, 85% of whom are seniors.