Severely sight impaired (SSI)

Definition: Term used to describe someone with severe sight loss. Formerly know as 'blind', this category is used by Social Services Departments for registration purposes. (See Sight impaired (SI)).

Category: Eye Condition

Credit: Vision in Wales

Source: Vision in Wales


Services specifically catering for people with Severely sight impaired (SSI)

Sight Life Befriending service - (Sight Life)Service

An individually planned befriending service whereby volunteers use their sight in a practical way to help the visually impaired person. It can be used for companionship, reading, writing of letters, escorting etc, but not for domestic work, decorating or gardening.
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Telephone Befriending - (Thomas Pocklington Trust)Service

The aim of the service is to provide social support and friendship to our service users and people with sight loss, through one to one phone conversations (lasting approx 20 - 30 minutes). Service users will receive weekly telephone calls from their allocated volunteer. We use a matching system which links up service users and volunteers which considers similarities between the two.
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Friendly Phone Service - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)Service

This offers support and friendship through regular phone contact for visually impaired people in Breconshire (South Powys).
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TorchTalk - Telephone friendship groups - (Torch Trust)Service

To provide Christian friendship, support, encouragement and fun to people experiencing sight loss (especially those unable to easily access Christian and social activities) via Telephone Friendship Groups. It offers blind and partially sighted people the opportunity via the telephone to share the Scriptures together, pray together and fellowship together - all from the comfort of their own armchair!
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RNIB Talk & Support - telebefriending - (RNIB)Service

Socialise by phone for friendship and support in a small group of blind and partially sighted adults. Calls must be made from a landline. A friendly volunteer facilitator is trained to invite people into the conversation and to ensure that everyone has a chance to have their say.
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Peer support - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

VIM provides peer support to people with sight loss in Merthyr at their meetings.
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Computer training - (Sight Life)Service

Fully trained volunteers provide training in basic computer skills, touch typing, use of email and the internet, on a one-to-one basis.
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RNC Work Ready Programme - (Royal National College for the Blind (RNC))Service

The Work Ready programme provides tailored, flexible, industry-based training to increase your employment prospects. RNC's specialist expertise and personalised approach allows them to provide the training that is right for you. Programmes last from 6 to 26 weeks and are delivered and supported by industry professionals in real working environments with employment outcomes. The length of your programme will vary according to your needs and the employment pathway you select.
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IT training - (British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB))Service

BCAB holds training and events for blind and partially sighted people who are members. Our tutorials, training initiatives and introductory workshops include something for people of all skill levels. BCAB also provides networking opportunities for members.
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IT Training from UCanDoIT - (UCanDoIT)Service

IT training for disabled people, with the emphasis on internet and email skills. Training is given on a one to one basis in your own home and on your own computer. You arrange lesson times with your tutor - this can be in the evenings or at weekends. You first have an assessment with your tutor, then you will have 10 sessions which last between 1½ to 2 hours each - usually one lesson a week. Your tutor will also come back to see you 9 months after your course has ended to check progress.
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IT Support for disabled people - (AbilityNet)Service

AbilityNet offers a range of free services to enable disabled people to make use of assitive technologies. These include free factsheets, a telephone helpline and an on-line assessment tool.
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Living with Sight Loss courses (Merthyr) - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

This programme offers a range of interactive discussion sessions with professional facilitators, with time to focus and discuss the things that you find difficult about sight loss. As well as learning about helpful products, services and support, this is also an opportunity to reflect on taking positive steps forward to improve and enjoy life. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with people in a similar situation to share experiences.
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VI awareness training - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

VIM provide vi awareness training to families and organisations.
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Braille classes (Swansea) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Weekly classes on Wednesday from 10am to 1pm at 3, De La Beche Street, Cardiff. Pre-booking is essential.
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Calibre audio library - (Calibre Audio Library)Service

A postal library offering a choice of 8,500 audio books for all tastes - fiction and non-fiction - chosen specially to appeal to members. Most books available in digital format on MP3 CD or USB memory stick, free postage and no fines for late or lost books, flexible lending, the option to choose your books on-line, and a friendly, personal, quick service.
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Young Calibre - (Calibre Audio Library)Service

A subscription-free postal library for children and young people bringing you the fun of audio books. As well as books to read for pleasure, the library includes titles for education supporting the GCSE English and A level syllabus as well as the PSHE section of the National Curriculum.
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RNIB National Library Service - (RNIB)Service

RNIB National Library Service is the largest library in the UK for readers with sight loss. They offer a wide choice of fiction and non-fiction books in audio, braille and giant print for adults and children.
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Booktouch - (Bookstart)Service

Booktouch packs are available for children who are blind or partially sighted. Children are entitled to this pack in addition to the two standard Bookstart packs. You can collect your free Booktouch packs from your health visitor, local health clinic, early years setting or local library. Bookstart schemes also work closely with these professionals and sensory impairment teams to help make sure everyone receives the packs best suited to them.
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Clearvision childrens' library - (Clearvision)Service

ClearVision is a UK postal lending library of mainstream children's books with added braille. Our books all have braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for visually-impaired and sighted children and adults to share. There are over 13,000 books in the collection, including tactile board books, simple stories for young children and stimulating books for newly fluent readers. We have fiction and non-fiction in uncontracted (grade 1) and contracted (grade 2) braille.
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Listening Books audio library - (Listening Books)Service

A postal and internet-based library service of fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children for people who have difficulty reading print.
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CustomEyes Books - (Guide Dogs)Service

Guide Dogs CustomEyes service produces large print books for children with vision impairment. These are tailor-made for each child or young person, but they are only charged the recommended retail price. The customised large print books open up a whole world of imagination and learning, by enabling visually impaired children and young people to read the same books as their sighted friends and classmates.
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RNIB Overdrive - (RNIB)Service

A digital download library, allowing subscribers to download talking books, talking magazines and podcasts directly to their computer, tablet or smartphone.
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Access2books - (Access2books)Service

This charity produces and publishes high quality early years’ books in dual format - giant print (75pt) & braille - with illustrations. The design enables braille or large print readers to read without obscuring the text or illustrations; and therefore gives children and adults the opportunity to read together, forming both educational and social relationships. Books can be purchased, & are also available for loan from some Welsh libraries.
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Eye clinic information desk - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))Service

Bridgevis volunteers work with the ECLOs within the hospital to provide information and support to patients who are experiencing, or have some level of, sight loss.
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Eye Care Hub - (Seeability)Service

An on-line resource containing information on eye care for people with learning disabilities. It includes information in easy-read format, and also information for carers.
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Starting Point - (Guide Dogs)Service

An on-line resource written by five expert organisations to give parents the information, support and guidance they need at the time of their child's sight loss diagnosis. While it is not a substitute for information and advice from a medial professional, Starting Point is a gateway to invaluable information and support.
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Loan of audio equipment from BWFB - (British Wireless for the Blind Fund)Service

The BWFB provides high quality, easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss.
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Grants from Ceredigion Association - (Ceredigion Association for the Blind)Service

Ceredigion Association provide some grants to visually impaired people. To be eligible you must have serious and uncorrectable visual impairments, and have been referred to the Association by the Rehabilitation Officer in Ceredigion Social Services.
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Grants from VI Breconshire - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)Service

Grants are offered to anyone with a permanent and uncorrectable eye condition, living in Breconshire to help pay for equipment, services, training, education and experiences (such as holidays). Applications are welcome from the visually impaired, their families and carers.
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Grants from VICTA - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action))Service

VICTA provide grants for children and young people for visual aid equipment and for vacation schemes.
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Cowbridge Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

A social group that meet locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment.
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The Accessible Friends Network - (The Accessible Friends Network)Service

The Accessible Friends Network (TAFN) is a national independent UK charity providing social networking, computer technical support, training and entertainment via the internet. It is a user-led voluntary group run for and by vi people which uses email, the internet, voice conferencing and other resources to improve the quality of life for vi people and their partners by networking. Events, which are moderated, include quizzes, musical theme nights, jazz club, & computer skills workshops.
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Sight Life Gardening Club - (Sight Life)Service

Meetings are held each Friday morning between 10.30 - 1.00, primarily at an adapted plot at Rhydypenau Allotments on Lake Road North during the summer months and elsewhere at other times.
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Penarth Club for the Blind - (Sight Cymru)Service

A social group that meet locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments and other entertainment.
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Radnorshire Association for the Blind - (Radnorshire Association for the Blind)Service

The group offers advice about services in the area, a Christmas meal and free summer trip.
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Shand Pioneers - (Sight Life)Service

An adventurous group with members ranging from 16-60. Here's your chance to go ten pin bowling, white water rafting, quad biking, horse riding and take part in other social activities. The end of the summer season of activities is topped off with a lively barbecue for all. Last THURSDAY of the month - approx 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Sight Life offices and other venues. Also Saturday outings & adventures.
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Thursday Luncheon Club - (Sight Life)Service

A mature group of around 40 visually impaired people. Members are brought in by V.E.S.T community transport including those in residential care. The group enjoys morning coffee or tea, lunch, bingo, raffles and quizzes and are well supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.
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Gorseinon VIP Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Group which meets at Gorseinon Institute from 10 am to 12 noon on the first Wednesday of the month.
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Swansea Centre VIP Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Group which meets 3, De La Beche Street, Swansea, from 10 am to 12 noon on the first Monday of each month.
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Mumbles VIP Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Group which meets at the Red Cafe, 646 Mumbles Road, Swansea from 10 am to 12 noon on the second Wednesday of each month.
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RNIB Talk & Support - Telephone book clubs - (RNIB)Service

A chance for visually impaired people to share their passion for books, discover new authors and hear from guest speakers including narrators and publishers. Groups chat over the phone with a trained facilitator and each group meets once a month for 6 months.
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Swansea Arts & Crafts group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Club organised by RNIB Cymru. It meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm at 3 De la Beche Street, Swansea.
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Swansea reading group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

A group organised by RNIB Cymru to discuss services related to audio books, and to discuss one particular book in each session. Meets at Swansea Central Library on the third Wednesday of the month from 11 am to 12 pm. Run in partnership with Swansea Central Library.
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Conwy Sight Loss Group - (Vision Support)Service

Meets first Thursday of every month at the The Grand Hotel, Happy Valley Road, Llandudno from 11am to 1pm.
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TORCH Group - Conwy - (Torch Trust)Service

Group meeting on the third Sunday of the month for service and social event at the Belmont Hotel, Llandudno.
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Friendly Club for the Blind - Conwy - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Club meets fortnightly on Mondays from 11 am to 2 pm at St David's Church, Penrhyn Bay.
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VIEW Luncheon Club - (Visually Impaired Endeavours in Wrexham (VIEW))Service

The club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at a Wrexham pub, Wrexham, at 12.00.
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Swansea Friends of the Blind - trips and outings - (Swansea & District Friends of the Blind)Service

The organisation arranges outings for people who are registered blind in Swansea.
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Swansea VI Tennis Club - (RNIB Cymru)Service

The game is very much like conventional tennis though with much larger balls filled with ball bearings, making it easier to detect where the ball is coming from. Sessions take place on Thursdays from 1 pm to 2 pm at Swansea Tennis Centre.
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Support & mentoring - (Society of Visually Impaired Lawyers (SoVIL))Service

Provides support for visually impaired people working in the legal profession, including a student mentoring scheme. They also share information/knowledge about IT solutions to information gathering; accessing printed material and legal material in alternative formats.
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EYE CAN - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Eye Can aims to provide social groups and activities for young visually impaired people, and to give them specialist support in a wide variety of areas including sight loss, health, education and training. The project is also providing workshops to local schools and colleges so that they are able to promote the service to their visually impaired students.
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BCAB Membership - (British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB))Service

BCAB is an organisation for all visually impaired people with an interest in computers, from those using them in schools to professionals working in IT, and for professionals interested in issues related to IT and visual impairment.
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Through Scarlett's Eyes - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action))Service

An on-line family support network for parents of visually impaired children, set up with funding from VICTA. A source of information and advice for parents, with the opportunity to network with others in a similar situation.
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Guide dog service - (Guide Dogs Cymru)Service

A guide dog can offer a unique, safe and effective way of getting about independently and confidently.
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Bridgend Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Bridgend Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Cardiff Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Cardiff Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Conwy Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Conwy Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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NPT Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Neath Port Talbot Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Newport Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Newport Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Swansea Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Swansea Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Vale of Glamorgan Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Vale of Glamorgan Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Wrexham Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Wrexham Social Services)Service

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.
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Anglesey Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Isle of Anglesey Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Blaenau Gwent Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Blaenau Gwent Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems. It helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Bridgend Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Bridgend Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems. It helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Caerphilly Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Caerphilly Social Services)Service

Rehabilitation Officers are trained to support individuals with sight problems to rebuild skills and confidence as their sight changes. Support aims to encourage independence around mobility, communications, household skills, lighting, using magnifiers and specialist equipment. The local authority also maintains the Sight Impairment Register, and signposts to many other agencies.
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Cardiff Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Cardiff Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Carmarthenshire Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Carmarthenshire Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Ceredigion Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Ceredigion Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Conwy Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Conwy Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Denbighshire Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Denbighshire Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Flintshire Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Flintshire Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Gwynedd Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Gwynedd Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Merthyr Tydfil Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Merthyr Tydfil Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Monmouthshire Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Monmouthshire Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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NPT Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Neath Port Talbot Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Newport Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Newport Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Pembrokeshire Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Pembrokeshire Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Powys Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Powys Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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RCT Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Swansea Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Swansea Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Torfaen Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Torfaen Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Vale of Glamorgan Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Vale of Glamorgan Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Wrexham Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) - (Wrexham Social Services)Service

A ROVI assists someone regain skills they may have lost through sight problems and helps them re-learn to do things they could previously do for themselves.
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Mobility specialist - (SenCom Vision Impairment Service)Service

SenCom VIS provides five local authorities with staff qualified to provide habilitation to vi children in a school and home environments. The contact is Sarah Hughes.
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Bridgend Mobility specialist - (Bridgend CBC Education Department)Service

Bridgend CBC has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Helen Jenkins.
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Cardiff Mobility specialist - (Cardiff Council Education Department)Service

Cardiff Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Roberta Veryard.
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Carmarthenshire Qualified Habilitation Specialist - (Carmarthenshire Education Department)Service

Carmarthenshire Council can provide habilitation services to vi children in a school environment.
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Conwy Mobility specialist - (Conwy Education Department)Service

Conwy Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Steve Boothby.
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Denbighshire Mobility specialist - (Denbighshire Education Department)Service

Denbighshire Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Paul Montgomery.
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Mobility Specialist - (North East Wales Sensory Support Service (NEWSS))Service

Flintshire Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Anne Noden.
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Merthyr Tydfil Mobility specialist - (Merthyr Tydfil Education Department)Service

Merthyr Tydfil Council as a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Lisa Beattie.
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NPT Mobility specialist - (Neath Port Talbot Education Department)Service

NPT Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Martha Rees.
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RCT Mobility specialist - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department)Service

RCT Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Sharon Phillips.
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Swansea Mobility Specialist - (Swansea Council Education Department)Service

Swansea Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Cherrie Neal.
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Vale of Glamorgan Mobility specialist - (Vale of Glamorgan Education Department)Service

Vale of Glamorgan Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Helen Davies
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Wrexham Mobility specialist - (Wrexham Education Department)Service

Wrexham Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Graham Edwards.
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Home visits - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

VIM makes home visits to members, particularly to assist people who have been recently diagnosed to adjust to their situation.
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Anglesey/Gwynedd Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Isle of Anglesey/Gywynedd Special Educational Needs Service)Service

Anglesey/Gwynedd local authorities have teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Qualified teacher of the vision impaired (QTVI) - (SenCom Vision Impairment Service)Service

SenCom VIS provides teachers who are qualified to teach vision impaired children in five local authorities. The contact is Sarah Hughes.
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Bridgend Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (Bridgend CBC Education Department)Service

Bridgend CBC has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Cardiff Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Cardiff Council Education Department)Service

Cardiff Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Roberta Veryard.
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Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (Carmarthenshire Education Department)Service

Carmarthenshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Ceredigion Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (Ceredigion Education Department)Service

Ceredigion Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Conwy Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (Conwy Education Department)Service

Conwy Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Denbighshire Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Denbighshire Education Department)Service

Denbighshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Paul Montgomery.
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Flintshire Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (North East Wales Sensory Support Service (NEWSS))Service

Flintshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Merthyr Tydfil Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Merthyr Tydfil Education Department)Service

Merthyr Tydfil Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Lisa Beattie.
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NPT Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Neath Port Talbot Education Department)Service

NPT Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Martha Rees.
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Pembrokeshire Qualified Teacher for CYP with a Visual Impairment - (Pembrokeshire Education Service)Service

Pembrokeshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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Powys Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) - (Powys Education Department)Service

Powys Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.
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RCT Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department)Service

RCT Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Sharon Phillips.
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Swansea Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Swansea Council Education Department)Service

Swansea Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Cherrie Neal.
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Vale of Glamorgan Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Vale of Glamorgan Education Department)Service

Vale of Glamorgan Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Helen Davies.
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Wrexham Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Wrexham Education Department)Service

Wrexham Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Graham Edwards.
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New College Worcester courses - (New College Worcester)Service

NCW is a national residential school and college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted. Every student at NCW has a tailored programme, carefully planned & delivered to meet their individual needs in three key areas; academic achievement, independent living skills and involvement in extracurricular activities at the College and in the community.
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Further education courses - (Royal National College for the Blind (RNC))Service

RNC offers a wide range of further education courses for visually impaired students at its site in Hereford. Subjects include braille and independent living skills in addition to various BTec, GCSE, A and AS level courses.
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Blind in Business employment support - (Blind in Business)Service

Blind in Business provide a range of services aimed at providing visually impaired graduates into employment. These include assistance with applications, practice interview sessions, advice on job hunting and help with networking.
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RNIB Tax Advice Service - (RNIB)Service

RNIB runs this service with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), to support blind & partially sighted people with tax and benefit issues. RNIB will make tax and HMRC issues clearer and check people are getting the benefits, concessions and tax allowances they are entitled to, and to help them to use HMRC's online services.
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Calvert Trust Exmoor - (Calvert Trust)Service

The Calvert Trust has an accessible centre in Exmoor where disabled people can enjoy outdoor activities.
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Calvert Trust Kielder - (Calvert Trust)Service

The Calvert Trust runs an accessible centre in Kielder where disabled people can try out new experiences with family and friends. Various types of breaks are available, from day or half day trips to self catering and respite breaks.
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Calvert Trust Lake District - (Calvert Trust)Service

An accessible, residential, outdoor activity centre for disabled people. A wide range of activities and breaks are available for people of all ages.
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Sailing adventures - (Jubilee Sailing Trust)Service

The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers disabled people the chance to sail on their tall ships. Day sails or longer voyages are available.
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Swansea Theatre Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Theatre trips organised by RNIB's Swansea office.
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Torch holidays & retreats - (Torch Trust)Service

There are a variety of holidays on offer with a Christian ethos. Many of them happen at Torch's own Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex. Other holidays are available elsewhere in the UK and abroad
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VICTA events and activities - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action))Service

VICTA organise a wide range of activities and week-ends for vi children and their families. Although most activities are in England so likely to be impractical for people from Wales, the longer breaks are worth considering.
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Carry on Gardening website - (Thrive)Service

Carry on Gardening presents Thrive's experience and expertise in gardening with a disability, which has been gathered over 30 years of helping disabled people to start or continue gardening. It contains practical information to make garden jobs easier, advice on taking care, useful hints and tips and details of the equipment and tools which will be particularly helpful. It has a section for blind & partially sighted people. If you can't find the info you need, you can phone or email for advice.
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VI Voices Campaigning Groups - (Vision Support)Service

Vision Support's VI Voices groups meet in Llandudno, Prestatyn and Wrexham and invite speakers from various organisations to discuss a range of issues from 'A' Boards and street furniture to accessibility in health services. Get involved and make a difference. For further information, please contact Vision Support.
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LOOK mentoring service - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children)Service

A free mentoring service for young people with vision impairment. Offers support on topics such as school and college; gap year ideas; career and life plans; socialising and confidence; independent living. Mentors are vision impaired themselves.
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Low Vision Service Wales - (NHS Wales)Service

If you already have a vision impairment or low vision, or are registered as either sight impaired or severely sight impaired a specially trained and accredited Low vision optician/optometrist) can help you make the best use of the sight you have. There are currently 187 of specially trained low vision practitioners working out of high street opticians throughout the whole of Wales. To find your nearest one simply search the database at the link below.
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