Welcome to our Annual Report for 2020-21. It was an unprecedented year as the world continued to battle the global pandemic. None of us knew how long government imposed restrictions would continue and Sight Support Derbyshire (SSD) had to change and adapt to ensure that visually impaired people received essential services.

Throughout the year we managed to keep our offices in Chesterfield and Derby open, albeit on a skeleton staff, and we moved to remote working for those not in the offices. During periods when the country wasn’t in some form of lockdown, we did resume some level of face-to-face activities. Working closely with Public Health and our commissioners, home visits for assessments took place and we even managed to fit in a VIP Information Day in November 2020, before we went into another lockdown.

Our staff and volunteers have been amazing through the year, showing real commitment, flexibility and a determination to make sure that our services continued wherever possible.

Whilst this report is mainly about our work in 2020/21, it is important to recognise that the global pandemic continues to affect our work as we move forward. A number of things have changed for us, and for our key stakeholders, and we need to find new and creative ways of planning, funding and delivering our work, ensuring that our services to visually impaired people in Derbyshire continue.

This report gives a flavour of our work over the past year. We hope you enjoy reading about our achievements.

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Claire Winfield,
Chief Executive

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Martin Wilson,

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