Living with Sight Loss courses and phone groups

Have you 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. 

We’ll help you to adjust to your sight condition, increase independence and boost your confidence. You will also get the chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations.

These courses are for adults of all ages. Friends, family members or anyone close to you can also attend. 

What topics are covered in our free sessions?

  • 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.
  • And hear about a range of helpful organisations and services out there.

How to attend

We run free 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.

Book your free place today! To find out the dates and locations of the courses nearest to you and our phone groups:

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. Contact us on the methods mentioned above to find out more.

What past participants say

“The Living with Sight Loss course is 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 completing the course, 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 course. I wished I’d attended sooner. When I left 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.

Contact us