Living with Sight Loss courses

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with sight loss? Would you like to share experiences with other people in similar situations? Are you interested in finding out about services available to you?
 
Our free, informal, community-based courses and phone groups provide information, advice, support and practical solutions for people adjusting to sight loss and those close to them.
 
We’ll help you adjust to your sight condition, increase your independence and boost your confidence. You’ll get the chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations.
 

What topics are covered?

Sessions include:
  • Welfare rights
  • Getting out and about
  • Tips and gadgets for everyday living
  • Assistive technology – including tablets and phones
  • Eye health
  • Wellbeing
  • Leisure, hobbies and interests.
Plus, you’ll hear about a range of organisations and services out there to help you.
 

How to attend
 

We run Living with Sight Loss courses across the UK. You can attend a face-to-face two-day or four-day course. Two-day courses may be consecutive or over two weeks. Four-day courses usually take place over four weeks. You are welcome to bring along a family member or friend with you.
 

Phone groups

If you’re unable to attend a course in person, why not join one of our phone groups instead? They are led by a facilitator and cover similar topics as a face-to-face course. You’ll have the opportunity to chat to others and find out useful information. Phone groups run for four short sessions, over four weeks.
 

Book your free place today!
 

To find out the dates and locations of the courses nearest to you and our phone groups:
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
 

In Scotland

We run a grant-funded programme called Looking Forward. It follows the Living with Sight Loss format with two and four session courses. 
 
Looking Forward will run in the following areas of Scotland until September 2018:
  • Ayrshire, Edinburgh and the Lothians - to book contact Shona Spence (Tuesday to Thursday): call 07825 282 544 or email Shona.Spence@rnib.org.uk
  • Highlands (two-day courses only) - to book contact Alan Greig (Monday to Friday): call 07701 295097 or email Alan.Greig@rnib.org.uk 
To find out more about Looking Forward, call Lucille Corrigan on 07834 258866 or email lucille.corrigan@rnib.org.uk
 

We offer Living with Sight Loss courses in other areas of Scotland. Book your free place today!

What past participants say
 

“It’s very well structured and informative, with lots of useful information from Janet and the invited speakers. It has helped my wife to feel less isolated due to her sensory loss” – Ken Johnston
 

“To begin with, I was not able to pluck up the courage to attend new groups or places. Since coming to Looking Forward I feel more confident to go to events/places that are of interest to me.” - Hazel Salmond

 

“My life has changed significantly since attending the Living with Sight Loss course. I wished I’d attended sooner. When I left the course on the first day, I said to my mum ‘I feel sick with relief - there is a life I can have after losing my eyesight’” – Michelle Filmer

Read Michelle's story.
 

We're here to help

Our Helpline is your direct line to the support, advice, and products you need to face the future with confidence. If you or someone you know has a sight problem, our specialist advice workers can help.

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