Sight Support West of England


Local support for people living with sight loss

Our Community Sight Loss team are here to help you adjust to living with sight loss, and to give you the support and tools you need to live your life the way you want to.

ALL our services are FREE.

Our support includes

  • Information, advice, and guidance on living with sight loss
  • Demonstration and training on a range of useful resources to help with daily living
  • Social activities and opportunities to meet others living with sight loss
  • A twice-yearly magazine, Visible, containing interesting articles and local news.
  • A monthly ‘What’s On’ guide sent out via email. The guide gives details of accessible local events and any interesting notices related to sight loss.
  • Emotional support and befriending if you’re feeling isolated or lonely
  • Moving Forward Course – online or face-to-face group courses for people newly diagnosed with sight loss and their friends and family.
  • Tablets Aren’t Just for Swallowing Course – one to one training in how to use a tablet device.
  • Free Audio library
  • Magnification Advice – support with choosing a magnifier and guidance on how to use it to best effect.

Information and advice

We can advise and support on all aspects of living with sight loss. This includes understanding your eye condition, trying equipment, getting out and about, employment, or benefits.

We can also help family and carers of those with a visual impairment and can put you in touch with other organisations who can help you. If you or someone you know is living with sight loss, we’re here to help.

Social activities

It’s common to feel isolated after losing your sight. Meeting others with sight loss, in a friendly and accessible environment can really help. We run a variety of social events and can link you with clubs near you.

In your community

Our team have created hubs across the West of England so that there will be an accessible location near you. You can drop in or arrange a private appointment.

The team are regularly in our Bristol office in Fishponds, Bedminster, Whitchurch, Southmead, Thornbury, and Yate. We also have hubs in Bath, Midsomer Norton, Bradley Stoke, Chew Valley and Keynsham.

We are always trying to find new venues, so if there isn’t a convenient place listed, do get in touch to arrange a visit.

Resources

We have a wide range of demonstration equipment for you to try. We provide support on how to make technology work for you. This includes how to get the most from mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers, as well as the latest magnification technology. We can offer training on screen readers, and daily living aids such as lighting, kitchen gadgets, talking clocks and watches to support independent living. We even have some specially designed board games and activities.

We have an extensive audio library of CDs which can be posted to you free of charge.

Moving Forward Course

Being diagnosed with any form of sight loss at any age can be a scary and daunting time. To help those newly diagnosed with sight loss, we have developed a course comprising a series of talks which introduce the range of equipment, support services and advice available to help address the challenges people with sight loss face. Moving Forward is either held as 6 weekly sessions delivered via Zoom or a two-day face-to-face course.

Tablets are not just for Swallowing!

We have developed a course called 'Tablets Aren't Just for Swallowing', specifically designed for people who are blind or partially sighted who may have never seen, touched or used a tablet device before.

The course is delivered one-to-one by our trained Sight Advisors who will move at a pace comfortable for you. We can help you develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to use tablets and to be part of the digital world. The course will help you gain practical skills such as ordering your weekly food shop using a tablet.