VISUALLY impaired people feel let down by a charity established to look after their interests.
Chester-based Vision Support, which provides services in Cheshire and North Wales, is cutting services due to financial woes but service-users claim the charity has stopped caring.
But charity chief executive Miriam Wright says there are behind-the-scenes politics.
Resentment goes back to when the charity sold off its Liverpool Road base to buy a new headquarters in Whipcord Lane. Vision Support said the Victorian property would have cost too much money to renovate.
There was anger when a coffee group was asked to temporarily vacate its slot for staff training and finally asked to leave for good. Vision Support says the group had become too large for the room. A home visiting service is in jeopardy. And the future of the Chester HQ is under threat given the charity ran up a £350,000 budget deficit last year. Service-user Keith MacMurray, of Ellesmere Port, said: “We keep explaining to them that without blind people they won’t have a job but it falls on deaf ears.”
Vision Support chief executive Mrs Wright said: “There are a couple of disaffected members of staff who have got service users on their side.”