Dolly is 71 and has retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a sight condition where she can only see dark, light and movement. Living in lockdown would have been a struggle, but thanks to RNIB\u2019s support, Dolly continues to lead an active and fulfilled life, doing the things she loves.\r\n\r\nOrdinarily, Dolly keeps herself busy doing Bollywood dancing, Zumba and aerobics classes. But with social distancing in place she now relies on technology and other resources provided by RNIB to keep active and engaged, whilst staying safe indoors.\r\n\r\n\u201cI felt frustrated when I suddenly couldn\u2019t attend my regular exercise classes, something I really enjoy that keeps me healthy and in shape,\u201d says Dolly. \u201cBut I called RNIB\u2019s Helpline and they found some fitness sessions for me to follow at home.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs a keen reader, Dolly relies on RNIB\u2019s Talking Books service to keep up her reading habit. \u201cI have been managing to stay safe and isolated using RNIB\u2019s Talk and Support and their wonderful free Talking Books Library,\u201d says Dolly. \u201cBut as I can\u2019t independently access the website, the RNIB team gave me a number to call and give them my book choice over the phone.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIf anyone was to ask me for advice regarding their sight loss, I would say contact RNIB for information \u2013 they have been wonderful. And get in touch with other blind people, join the blind community - because it has been so useful, oh my goodness yes.\u201d\r\nKeeping well informed and connected\r\nHelpline advisors at RNIB are on hand during lockdown to support people like Dolly by directing them towards the support and services they need.\r\n\r\nKim Pearson, Sight Loss Advisor at RNIB says, \u201cWe\u2019ve had an increase in calls from blind and partially sighted individuals who are struggling with aspects of the lockdown. Some people are finding it difficult to access essential supplies such as food or medicine, either due to the social distancing regulations, or because they are having to self-isolate.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve been connecting them with different support services in their local community who can help and have extended our Helpline hours so that there is always someone they can speak to.\u201d\r\n\r\nDolly relies on RNIB to keep her up to date with the latest information and its Helpline is her first port of call during the lockdown.\r\n\r\n\u201cAccessible information is vital,\u201d says Dolly. \u201cI always ring the Helpline and they put me through to the best person to help me. RNIB have improved my living experience no end - sending me fact sheets, contact numbers and I\u2019m also able to talk to someone from the Technology for Life team on any subject about accessible technology.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\nStaying safe using the latest technology through RNIB \r\nCooking can be challenging for people with sight loss.\r\n\r\nDolly was diagnosed with RP at just 35 years old and in her mid-fifties she lost her central vision. With help from RNIB she was able to relearn a lot of things and adapt.\r\n\r\nRNIB supplies Dolly and others in her situation with the most technologically advanced kitchen equipment, such as talking scales, so they can be sure to stay healthy when cooking. Being a coeliac, the scales are crucial as they help Dolly to be precise when cooking food. Appliances that also make her life easy are a liquid level indicator, a table-top pressure cooker with a dial and a talking plate induction hob.\r\nSupporting everyone affected by sight loss \r\nRNIB offers help and support for anyone living with sight loss. This can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products they offer. The charity wants to break down the barriers for people with sight loss so that they can realise their aspirations.\r\n\r\nRNIB has just launched an urgent coronavirus appeal to support over two million blind and partially sighted people through the coronavirus crisis. Many are telling us that they face being cut off by lockdown, as people with sight loss are not included on the Government's\u00a0 list of those most vulnerable.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019d like to find out how you can help to provide vital support through this difficult time, please visit RNIB\u2019s website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call RNIB\u2019s Helpline on 0303 123 9999 and select option 4.