Living with Sight Loss courses and phone groups

Join a Living with Sight Loss course to meet and share experiences with other people in similar situations. Boost your confidence and get practical advice, information and resources. 

Being diagnosed with a sight condition can have a big impact on you. Our free, informal, community-based Living with Sight Loss courses are an ideal way to help you adjust to your sight condition, increase your independence and grow your confidence.

Through our sessions, you'll find out about practical solutions and support that can help you adjust to life with sight loss. You'll also have the chance to learn from each other's personal experiences and share your top tips.


What to expect

Living with Sight Loss courses are for adults of all ages, including friends, family members or anyone close to you. Each course includes information and advice on a range of topics including:

  • Understanding welfare rights
  • Staying independent
  • Tips and gadgets for everyday living
  • Using assistive technology – including tablets and phones
  • Eye health
  • Wellbeing
  • Leisure, hobbies and interests
  • Signposting to other organisations and services

Everybody looked a bit nervous as well but we soon got to know each other and then went on to learn lots of ways of how to cope with sight loss and it's definitely the best thing I've ever done.

- Hazel Kelly


Course duration

In person courses

Our face-to-face courses last for either two or four full days. They may take place over consecutive days or across consecutive weeks. 

Phone groups

Our phone groups run for four hour long sessions, over four weeks.


Course dates

We run courses throughout the year and across the UK. To book a course, find out further information or enquire about future dates please email [email protected] or call 0300 123 3933.

Latest in person courses

Yorkshire and Humber

  • Batley - 8 and 15 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm. The Whitfield Wellbeing Centre,180 Soothill Lane, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 6HP.
  • Grimsby - 20 and 21 May. Haven Methodist Church, Lord St DN31 2NF.
  • Barnsley - 6 and 13 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Barnsley Blind and Partially Sighted Association 22 Regent Street South, Barnsley S70 2HT.
  • Scunthorpe - 8 and 9 July. Scunthorpe Central library, Carlton St, DN15 6TX.
  • Keighley - 10 and 17 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Sight Airedale, 1 Albert Street, Keighley BD21 2AT.
  • Halifax - 8 and 15 August, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Halifax Society for the Blind, 34 Clare Road, Halifax HX1 2HX.

West Midlands

  • Sandwell, West Bromwich, 10 April and 17 April

South West

  • Exeter - one day "Making the Most of Your Sight" workshop, Thursday 25 April (10:30am to 3pm). Location: Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter.
  • Gloucestershire - two day LWSL course, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May (10:30am to 3pm). Location: Women’s Institute House, 2 Brunswick Square, Gloucestershire.
  • Sidmouth - two day LWSL course, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June (10:30am to 3pm). Location: Venue: Twyford House, Coburg Rd, Sidmouth EX10 8NF.
  • Liskeard - Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 10 July (10:30am to 3pm). Location: Liskerrett Community Centre.
  • Bournemouth - two day LWSL course, Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July (10:30am - 3pm). Location: Bournemouth Hospital.

South East

  • Burgess Hill - 4 April
  • Southampton, Hampshire - 9 and 11 April
  • Fareham - 8 and 15 April

Wales

  • Bridgend - 29 May and 5 June
  • Brecon, Powys - 18 and 25 June
  • Aberystwyth - 23 and 30 July
  • Welshpool, Powys - 3 and 10 October
  • Llandrindod Wells - 19 and 26 February 2020

Latest phone courses

  • Our next phone course starts on the 3 April and runs for 6 sessions over 6 weeks.