August 2020

Vision Aid Overseas is no longer able to accept unwanted glasses for recycling.

As you may know, for many years Vision Aid Overseas has received unwanted glasses from the UK public and this has generated an income for our charitable work, via various recycling processes.

Below, you can read an extract from a letter sent by our Chief Executive Officer, Nicola Chevis, to supporters explaining the change. More detail will feature here soon.

In the meantime, please direct enquiries by email only to [email protected]

‘Prior to the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, we had in 2018 started an organisational review of our glasses recycling operation in Crawley. Through a cross-organisational review group consisting of staff members, trustees, and volunteers we had from October 2018 to February 2020 reviewed our operation thoroughly, including consultations with external stakeholders (including recycling experts and our current partners).

We explored different options for continuing the operation, necessitated by its continued loss making in terms of raising an income, yet with increasing costs.

The Board of Trustees considered all options presented at the Board Meeting in February 2020 and agreed that the best option would be to cease the current operation entirely, by the end of the current premises lease at the end of December 2020.

However, we temporarily closed the recycling operation due to the Coronavirus crisis at the beginning of April 2020, and it has remained closed.

We have now made the decision not to try and re-open the recycling operation, as there are only a couple of months between now and the pre-planned closure at the end of December 2020.

This decision has been part economical but is also to reduce the risk to staff when the activity is not necessary. We will therefore work to communicate this change to all the practices we work with, including Specsavers and many others, as well as courier services DHL and DX, to ensure this change is well understood by all and everyone is supported through the transition.

Where we can, we will provide clarity over the coming weeks as to alternative arrangements for recycling.

Please direct enquiries as usual by email to [email protected]

Read our Chief Executive Officer’s letter in full here