WARRNAMBOOL’S Vision Australia will look at alternative options to house its services for the vision impaired.
A spokeswoman for Vision Australia confirmed the organisation was looking for a new building because the Moore Street facility was too large to maintain.
She said there was no intention to withdraw services but the organisation would investigate alternative options to accommodate all the services.
As yet, no agreement has been entered into.
The spokeswoman said clients who participated at the day centre two days a week would be moved to the Archie Graham Centre.
She said numbers had been declining and they would be moved as a group.
Vision Australia staff would work with Archie Graham Centre staff to ensure they were appropriately trained.
“If the numbers keep declining we want to ensure the clients get the same service,” the spokeswoman said.
She said a letter had been sent to clients of the day centre informing them of the changes.
“They will be transitioned as a group to ensure they can maintain their social connections,” she said.
“As much as anything this is to protect those services into the future.”
Occupational therapy services, orthoptists, orientation and mobility services, children’s services and the library service would continue to operate from the Moore Street building.
A Warrnambool man with close ties to the client group, who asked not to be named, said clients were worried that eventually all services would go.
“We want to stay the way we are,” he said.
“It’s totally distressing.
“Why go into another building if you already own one? Why go somewhere else?”