A service in the Scottish Borders that provides support for people with sight and hearing loss has released a report, highlighting the life-changing services it provides.
Galashiels based Borders Local Integrated Sensory Service (BLISS) provides skills classes, counselling and advice and information for people with sensory loss.
Two charities are involved in the project - RNIB Scotland and Action of Hearing Loss Scotland.
Since 2009, volunteers have given 9,650 hours to the service.
"Because of the rural location of the Borders, combined with limited public transport, it makes it very difficult for people with visual impairments to get out and about.
"So we provide services for people in their community. We have groups established in various parts of the Borders, where people can go along and socialise with other people with visual impairments.
"They can get support and advice from people with first-hand experience."
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