Need to Talk – counselling and confidence building support

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Our Need to Talk team support adults and young people over the age of eleven who are blind or partially sighted, and anyone who supports a person with sight loss, to face the future with confidence.

Need to Talk is a five-year (2017 - 2021) cross border counselling and confidence building project, delivered through a partnership between RNIB in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and Fighting Blindness in the Republic of Ireland. The €1.8million project is funded by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Download our Need to Talk booklet

Find further information on how we can support you and your family through telephone and online counselling and confidence building programmes in our project information booklet:

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New – free eLearning courses

Online "Living With Sight Loss" course – for individuals, friends and family

Our online confidence building programme will support you in adapting to life with sight loss. We’ll explore the same range of topics as our face to face courses, such as: mobility and daily living; emotional support and wellbeing; eye health, peer support and assistive technology.

This can be taken at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.

Close family or friends have also found this course beneficial in understanding how they can support their loved one.

Register for our online confidence building course

To register your interest in attending a face to face Living With Sight Loss course near you, call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999.

Become an Emotional Support Vision Champion e-learning short course - for professionals

This short online course (taking approximately 90 minutes to complete) will equip you to provide the best possible emotional support and practical advice to your current or future patients, clients, customers, and colleagues who have any degree of sight loss.

Register for our Emotional Support Vision Champion course

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