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area mapEast Suffolk Association for the Blind (ESAB) is one of three voluntary organisations in Suffolk providing services for the visually impaired.  The other two are West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind (WSVAB) and Ipswich Blind Society.

The organisation was established in 1914 to promote the welfare of visually impaired people in East Suffolk, with the aim being to support independent living in members own homes.  We currently have around 1000 blind and partially sighted people registered with us, of whom 850 are over the age of 70.

We have a staff of 7 (all part-time) and around 150 volunteers across our large rural area which is divided into 5 discrete areas for ease of management.

During the last full charity year ending March 2016, we made a total of 910 home visits and delivered a total of 2049 services to our members either through home visiting or other forms of contact. We spent £109,000 in delivering services to all of our clients.

Our Association has no national financial affiliations although we are affiliated to the national organisation for local voluntary groups for the visually impaired called "VISIONARY".  Funding comes entirely from investment income, legacies and money raised from people and organisations sympathetic to our cause.

Our maxim is ‘Local Charity for Local People’.  All our income is spent serving the local community.

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