Barclays has extended its partnership with the RNIB by funding a £15,000 scheme to equip young blind people to live in London.
The money will be spent on three, two-day residential courses for children who are leaving school and about to move into work or college. They will stay in self-contained flats in central London and learn skills that will make home life and socialising easier.
Of the 3,000 blind and partially sighted young people in London, 60 per cent attend mainstream schools but education authorities are not always able to offer the kind of skills support required.
The charity has worked with Barclays before, most notably on the £1million Talk and Support initiative, which offers telephone support to people with sight problems.
The living skills scheme was created as a result of RNIB research into the needs of the blind and partially sighted, which revealed a dearth of services in the London boroughs.