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WCB report raises concerns at shortage of ROVIs

A new report from Wales Council of the Blind raises concerns about the shortage of Rehabilitation Officers for Vision Impairment (ROVIs) working with adults in Wales.

The report, 'Rehabilitation Officers for Visual Impairment: Addressing a workforce crisis in Wales' is based on interviews with 38 ROVIS covering all 22 Welsh local authorities. It stresses the importance of the role in helping people with sight loss do things for themselves and live safe, independent lives, but shows that there is a crisis looming. Wales is already under resourced and the impending loss of workers through retirement creates a crisis situation where local authorities will be failing people with sight loss.

The report makes a series of recommendations for improvement. To obtain a copy, please contact Richard Bowers, WCB’s Communications Officer by sending an email to, stating whether you require it in alternative formats.

Wales Eye Care Conference 2021 cancelled

Welsh Government and Wales Council of the Blind intended to progress a virtual event for 2021, but due to unforeseen circumstances and the ongoing pressures of the pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision that the National Eye Care Conference will not take place this year.

We know this will come as a disappointment, but we look forward to meeting again in 2022.

RNIB 'Living Well with Sight Loss' telephone course for people in Wales

RNIB is running another free 'Living Well with Sight Loss' telephone course for people in Wales, starting on Thursday 22nd July.

The course is useful for anyone who has experienced sight loss or who has been blind or partially sighted all of their life, and can include family, friends and carers. It runs weekly, from 2 pm to 3pm for six weeks, finishing on Thursday 26th August.

Topics covered include:

If you or anyone you know would like to join, please email Benjamin Gavan, Living with Sight Loss Co-ordinator (South West) at: or ring him on 07738 854842. You can also call the RNIB Helpline on 0300 123 3933.

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