Do the parents of the young people you support also have sight loss? Might they be interested in peer support?
RNIB's Talk and Support service runs a free telephone social group for parents and parents to be with sight loss. The phone group was set up as an outlet for parents, both mums and dads, so that they can share their experiences, information and practical advice and offer peer support. Parenting isn’t just about the struggles – it’s nice to be able to share the positives too in a safe forum.
The phone group meets every Monday lunchtime between 1.30pm-2.30pm during term-time. To join in parents just need a landline phone.
Our Talk and Support service:
connects the group
covers all phone call costs and
ensures that the parents’ phone number stays confidential.
Each group is relaxed and varied so no two weeks are the same. Jane says, "You don't always know what to expect; there's always a facilitator so everybody can join in and have their say. Everybody has different aged children and experiences so someone, somewhere in the group is going to have support for the other members, so it's worth giving it a go."
Members of the group stress the importance of having a phone group for parents with sight loss, as it is the only group of its kind.
Please let the families you work with know about this phone support. Parents can sign up by emailing Shanelle Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0845 330 3723.