Blind Citizens Mandurah banishing dark days


Blind Citizens WA senior vice-president Zeliha Iscel, treasurer Ron Fisher and Coming out of the Dark project manager Ayesha Patterson. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d461315
Blind Citizens WA senior vice-president Zeliha Iscel, treasurer Ron Fisher and Coming out of the Dark project manager Ayesha Patterson. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d461315

COMING out of the dark is the empowering message of community group Blind Citizens Mandurah, and its successful namesake program has been awarded $8400 from Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program.

The aim of the grants program is to connect people in their local community and build a more inclusive, connected society.

Blind Citizens WA was selected for its Coming Out of the Dark: Living With Vision Loss and Being Part of Your Community program.

It provides peer support to people facing vision loss in an attempt to reduce the isolation faced by people who are blind or vision-impaired.

Blind Citizens WA senior vice-president Zeliha Iscel said it also aims to help blind and vision-impaired people who live in Mandurah to build their skills and abilities.

“This funding will help us to break down barriers in accessing the community caused by vision loss,’ she said.

“This project will build peer networks for blind or vision-impaired people in Mandurah.”

Australia Post managing director and group chief executive Ahmed Fahour said the grants were a vital way to bring recognition of smaller charities and the roles they play within their communities.

Visit www.ourneighbourhood.com.au for more information.