RNIB Scotland Looking to the Future

RNIB Scotland's Looking to the Future transitions project is there to help blind and partially sighted people aged between 15 to 25 making the move from school to college, university, training or work.

Many young people find it difficult moving on from school. But young blind or partially sighted people can face additional barriers, including lack of knowledge from employers, difficulty accessing opportunities or low expectations from family or teachers.

Think about your time at school. You’ll be familiar with the staff that support you, sand the adjustments that are made to ensure you can access your subject materials. You may have worksheets and textbooks provided in large-print or braille, or perhaps you have a support teacher who takes notes for you in class.  At school, both you and the staff are aware of the support that you need to ensure that your sight problems don’t interfere with your learning. But have you thought much about what happens when you leave school and go on to college, university or work?

Think of your transition from school and beyond as a series of journeys from one stage to another. For example:

  • School to employment
  • School to college
  • College to university
  • School to training
  • University to employment

We work with young people to help them agree their next steps. Our service can offer:

  • One- to-one work with our transitions staff to identify skills and strengths
  • An agreed action plan to detail how we will address barriers
  • Linking with school, college and university staff where appropriate
  • Help to build confidence.
  • Accompanying the individual on an introductory visit to college, university or work place
  • Group work events and opportunities to meet new friends
  • Events to help and advice young people how best to settle into a new course or employment
  • An introduction to other RNIB services

You can find out more about our Looking to the Future project by reading our 'Looking to the Future - Your Future, Your Vision, Your Choice' booklet - on our Reports and Publications page. You can also read our responses to questions raised in our Looking to the Future FAQs page.

You can read, too, about how Looking to the Future helped some of our clients.

Transitions

Even before you leave school, you'll need to make decisions about what comes next and any support you may need. This could include further learning, training or employment.

Further Education

If you leave school and decide to move on to college or university then information on your support needs should be passed onto them. RNIB College Loughborough supports a wide range of students to achieve their goals. All students have an individual learning plan, with targets and goals agreed between themselves and their tutor. Progress is regularly monitored to ensure students achieve their potential.

Job Applications

We can help with job applications - writing your CV, covering letter and completing application forms to send to potential employers. Also, useful tips on attending interviews and starting work.

Other work-based opportunities

Modern Apprenticeships can be a way of working while studying for a qualification at the same time.

Work experience is a crucial part of moving on and allows you to have hands-on experience of what it's like to work in different environments

Volunteering can add a great deal to your life and the lives of others.

eLearning

Our free Looking to the Future eLearning module is for young people with sight-loss who experience barriers in transition at any stage from education to employment.

The course includes specialist advice on how to tackle transitions with confidence. It explores different positive destinations - such as further/higher education, employment, training and voluntary work.  There is also guidance on how to disclose disability, interview tips and positive case studies.

You can register for our eLearning course here.

You can register for our eLearning course and learn more here. For any enquiries relating to eLearning, contact ellen.verth@rnib.org.uk. However, please note that once you have registered for the course, it can take up to 24 hours for your request to be approved.

How to get in touch

If you want any information, or would like to meet with us, please get in touch.  While our contacts are based in three areas, we want to help any young blind or partially sighted people.  So even if you live or study in other parts of Scotland, feel free to contact us.

Glasgow - Anita Yu, tel 0141 648 8470, email anita.yu@rnib.org.uk

Edinburgh - Liz Redpath, tel 0131 657 8210, email liz.redpath@rnib.org.uk

Aberdeen - Ruth Morrell, tel 07852274766, email ruth.morrell@rnib.org.uk

Enquiries from other areas of Scotland – Ellen Verth, tel 07872111165, email ellen.verth@rnib.org.uk

View some of our frequently asked questions

Looking to the Future FAQs