We have volunteers available to help you complete any of the forms below

Benefits available

Freedom Pass

The Freedom Pass gives free travel on most public transport in London at any time and is funded by Merton Council.

Contact the Disabled Freedom Pass Administrator on 020 8274 4990.

Children’s Freedom Pass Administrator on 020 8545 4200

Taxi Card

Merton Council subsidise taxi costs:

Children can obtain these cards.

Contact Taxi Card Scheme on 0845 4154156.

TV Licence

Reduction of 50% on the Television Licence fee.

This applies to a registered severely sight Impaired person or child  who lives in the household.

Contact TV Licence helpline on: 0300 790 6071.

Parking Concessions: The Blue Badge Scheme

This is administered by the Local Authority can be used in any vehicle the visually impaired person is travelling in.

Contact Merton concessionary travel on 020 8274 4990 .

Free postage on Items marked Articles for the Blind

This includes:

Large print items Books, papers and letters minimum 16 point Font, Braille items, Computer discs, Cassettes which have been specially prepared for people who are blind or partially sighted.

 

You May also be entitled to:

Free Loan of Wireless for the Blind fund Radio, MP3/cassette player for adults and children over 12 who are registered partially sighted or severely sight impaired.

Help with telephone installation charges and line rental. Contact Social Service Local Authority to see if you qualify.

NHS

You are entitled to free NHS sight tests if you are registered partially sighted or severely sight impaired.

You may get a vouchour towards the costs of complex glasses, other costs may be met if family are on a low income.

Discounted Rail Travel

Disabled Person’s Railcard gives approx. one third off national rail travel for cardholder and accompanying adult.

Discount can be obtained on single journeys without the DPR if proof is provided at time of purchasing tickets.

Exemption from BT Directory Enquiries

Contact BT 195 for further info. You may also receive these discounts if your supplier is not BT.

Council Tax Reductions

You may be eligible for council tax reduction if you have a room set aside for specific disability reasons. Such as; Computer room or other equipment for communication needs

Personal Tax allowance

If you are working you may be entitled to Blind person’s Tax allowance if registered severely sight impaired or if you are not working you may pass this to your partner.

Would you like a volunteer to help you?

“Thank you so much for getting me the help (a MertonVision volunteer). It’s given me so much more peace of mind. It’s so much better than just sitting here worrying about going out…..Thank you”

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Please see here to request a volunteer:

Most clients request our Home visiting Service. Clients requesting a volunteer are first visited by the volunteer co-ordinator to assess what assistance is wanted or needed. This can range from:-

Companionship, to break the cycle of isolation, anxiety & depression.

Reducing stress by reading personal correspondence, help with paying bills, online  shopping/banking.

Restoring confidence by escorting out on shopping trips to local stores.

Increasing enjoyment, social interaction and well-being by escorting out on local walks, visits to places of interest.

You can make a request for a volunteer by contacting Carmel Sammons our  Volunteer Co-ordinator. She will visit you to discuss your needs.

As soon as a suitably matched volunteer becomes available you will be introduced at a mutually convenient time.

Outside Social Group

A friendly group who meet up for lunch once a week throughout the borough.

Awareness Training in GP’s practices

Invaluable for medical practice staff.

With the use of simulation specs and other resources we can offer your staff an insight into sight loss and how to improve the service that they offer their clients who live with a visual impairment. Sessions are tailored for each practice and generally last for between 60-90 minutes.

To arrange your training session please contact

The Office T: 020 8540 5446

Email: info@mertonvision.org.uk

Presentations

We are happy to come along to events that are held within the community to talk about MertonVision and the excellent service that we provide for people who reside in the London borough of Merton and are living with sight loss.  We also demonstrate some of the resources that can be obtained through MertonVision.