Staying Independent

When you first develop problems with your sight or if your remaining sight deteriorates it can be overwhelming and challenging. All of the daily activities you used to do can seem like huge obstacles, how you will ever cook a meal, go shopping, read the post, go to work etc. etc? It can leave you feeling frustrated and alone.

Getting the right help at the right time is essential so that you are able to learn to adapt existing and develop new ones that will help you get on with your life. With the help of our rehabilitation workers you might find a whole new world opens up. We can help you get to where you want to be.

We provide a wide variety of advice, training and information to enable you to continue living your life as independently as possible following sight loss.

This may include:

Independent living skills training: E.g. coping safely in the kitchen, managing your home, managing your medication, looking after yourself and your appearance, exploring aids, equipment and adaptations, accessing leisure activities.

Mobility and orientation training: E.g. moving around safely indoors whether at home or at work, moving around safely out doors, learning new routes, long and guide cane skills, using public transport and transport concessions.

Communication skills training – reading and writing in alternative formats, Braille, new technology and audio services.

Low vision therapy – making maximum use of your residual vision: E.g. steady eye strategy, eccentric viewing techniques, scanning and tracking, lighting, magnifier use and maintenance and telescope techniques.

Training on new technology: E.g. using tablets and smart phones, accessing the internet, speech and magnification software, audio description, audio books, video magnifiers, etc.

My Sight My Future – our 7-week course for people who are learning to cope with sight loss.

For more information contact:

Susan Coulson on 0191 478 5959 or by email at