Sight loss support programmes can help you deal with both the practical and emotional challenges of sight loss.
The sessions involve a range of interactive workshops and discussions with people in a similar situation and a professional facilitator. You can share your experiences and hear how others have overcome some of the challenges generated by sight loss. You'll have time to focus and discuss the things that you find difficult about sight loss. As well as learning about helpful products, services and support available, this is also an opportunity to reflect on how you can take positive steps forward to improve and enjoy your life.
Programmes in England
Finding your feet
Finding your feet is the name of our two-day sight loss support programme in England. To learn about the Finding Your Feet programme from people who have attended and presented, including discussion of the course by a health commissioner, take a look at the Finding your Feet video on YouTube (please note this video contains emotional content). You can also read the finding-your-feet-video-transcript.doc(46 KB)
The focus of Finding your feet is around confidence-building and ways to maintain health and wellbeing. Finding your feet may also benefit you if you were born with no sight or have grown up with sight loss from a young age.
This programme will provide you with:
a way to find out how others cope, sharing experiences and solutions
opportunities to spend time with people in a similar situation
updates on benefits, changes in welfare systems and your legal rights
information about the latest products, gadgets and computer technology to make your life easier
a chance to explore barriers to getting out and about
Your spouse, partner, family member or a friend is very welcome to come along. People with caring responsibilities can benefit from the opportunity to gain support from each other.
We deliver Finding yout feet in various locations across England in association with local sight loss charities and Action for Blind People. Fees vary depending on location and if you wish to stay overnight in a hotel.
Action for Blind People has developed a six week Living with sight loss course for people recently diagnosed, or anyone coming to terms with sight loss. It aims to provide practical knowledge, information and support whilst empowering blind and partially sighted people to gain confidence and independence.
The courses run across England. To find out if there's a course running in your area contact your local Action team.
Programmes in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
Similar programmes are provided by RNIB Cymru, RNIB Scotland and RNIB Northern Ireland.
RNIB Scotland's Looking forward programme is a four-week, peer support programme to you if you are having difficulty coming to terms with sight loss.
To find out about programmes that could help you in Wales please contact RNIB Cymru on 02920 828500..
To find out about programmes that could help you in Northern Ireland contact Olive Rodgers on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02890 329373.
Guidance for organisations providing Sight loss support programmes
We have produced guidance and training to help other organisations deliver the Finding your feet programme.