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18-55 Socialise Group - (Vision Support)Service

The Group welcomes new members and organises activities and events. For example, the group has been snow tubing at Llandudno Ski Slope and Snow Board Centre, organised a successful Band Night at the Centenary Club in Wrexham and taken part in Personal Development Workshops. In partnership with UCAN Productions, members of the group are also having Ukulele lessons.
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Aberdare Social Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Social group meetings on Mondays (weekly) 2pm - 4pm at St,. Mair's Community Centre.
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Abergavenny VI Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets alternate Mondays at Holy Trinity Church, Abergavenny. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. Talks and activities.
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Aberystwyth and District VI Club - (Aberystwyth and District VI Club)Service

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Ammanford Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Barry 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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Bell Bank Club for Visually Impaired - (Bell Bank Club)Service

The club meet at the Hay on Wye Community Centre every Thursday. They produce a cassette audio tape which can information supplied or submitted by any individual. Opening times Thursdays 2pm -4pm.
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Blackwood VI Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Fleur De Lis Community Hall. Meets alternate Wednesdays. A friendly club for vision impaired people. Talks and activities.
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Bridgevis Gardening Club - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))Service

The gardening club meets on Wednesday mornings to grow fruit & vegetables at an accessible allotment with raised beds. Transport is available. The bus leaves Evergreen Hall, Bridgend, at 9.50 am.
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Brynamman Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Caldicot Luncheon Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets alternate Tuesdays at the Haywain, Caldicot. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. For more information, contact Becs Harris 01495 763650.
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Carmarthen Area Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Children's Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

This is an activity club for children who have a vision impairment and their siblings, aged four to sixteen years. The club meets every fortnight on a Saturday to try out new activities, have fun and create friendships. Members of the club take part in a range of activities, including a Chocolate Making Workshop, Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Dry Slope Ski-ing and lots of other activities. Parents are able to network, get information and advice whilst the children enjoy themselves.
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CIB Gardening Club - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))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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CIB Poetry Club - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

First Wednesday of March, June, Sept & Dec 2.00pm to 3.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. If you like to write poetry or listen to your favourite poems read to you. come along and join this fun and entertaining group. Tea and Coffee provided.
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CIB Ramblers - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

The group meets monthly, and joins with Cardiff Ramblers for walks through interesting parts of South Wales.
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CIB Singing Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

1st & 3rd TUESDAY of the month - 10.30am to 12.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Run by volunteers, attendees can sing to some musical favourites old and new.
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Clwb y Deillion - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Club that meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at Dingle Church Hall, Llangefni.
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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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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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Cwmamman Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Deafblind Cymru Crafts - (Deafblind Cymru)Service

Crafts group for deafblind people - meets between 2-4pm on the first Tuesday in the month at Hafan Deg, Grange Rd, Rhyl.
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Deafblind Social Group - Wrexham - (Deafblind Cymru)Service

Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 10.30-12.30. Venue: AVOW, 21, Egerton Street, Wrexham.
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Eye 2 Eye Club - (Eye 2 Eye)Service

This club meets every Wednesday between 10am and 2.30pm at St. Andrews Church Hall, Garden City.
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Ferndale Social Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Social group meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 1 - 2.30 pm at the Arts Factory, Trerhondda.
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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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Friendly Club for the Blind - Penrhyn Bay - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Club meeting every 2nd and 4th Monday.
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Friendly club for the visually impaired - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Meets in St. Mary's Church, Holyhead on 3rd Tuesday of every month.
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Friendly club for the Visually Impaired - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Meets at the Community Hall, Benllech on the 3rd Monday of each month.
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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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Llandeilo Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Llandovery Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Llandybie Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Llanelli Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Mold Visionaires - (Vision Support)Service

This club meets on the third Wednesday every month between 2-4pm at Llys Jasmine, Mold.
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Monmouth VI Club - (Monmouth VI Club)Service

A friendly social environment for members to share experiences and help each other cope with the effect of sight problems, with a swap-shop for talking books and vision aids and visiting speakers. Transport to and from meetings and outings can be provided.
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Mountain Ash Social Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Social group meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2-4pm at Oxford Street Community Centre.
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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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Mynydd Mawr Blind Society - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

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Newport VI Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Salvation Army Hall, Hill Street, Newport. Meets alternate Thursdays. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. Lunch, talks and activities.
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Penarth Book Club - ()Service

A social group that locally and enjoy talks, activities, speakers, outings, refreshments, other entertainment.
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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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Ponty Youth Social Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Social Group for young people meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 am to 12 noon at Glenview House, Courthouse Street.
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Pontypridd Social Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Social group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 10 am to 12 noon at the Heritage Museum.
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Porthmadog Blind Club - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Club meeting on 3rd Thursday of every month at Canolfan Porthmadog.
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Prestatyn Visionaires - (Vision Support)Service

This club meets on the first Wednesday of the month between 10am and 12 noon at Nant Hall Church, Prestatyn.
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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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Rhydyfelin Social Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Social group meeting on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 10 am to 12 noon at Ilan Community Centre.
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Rhyl Visionaires - (Vision Support)Service

This club meets on the last Wednesday of each month between 11-12.30 at Rhyl Library.
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Rhyl Walking Group - (Vision Support)Service

Walking club that meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 11am at the White Rose Centre, Rhyl.
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Risca Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets alternate Wednesdays at Dan Y Graig Church. A friendly club for vision impaired people. Talks and activities.
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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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Shand Pioneers - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))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 the CIB and other venues. Also Saturday outings & adventures.
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Short Walk Group - (Sight Cymru)Service

Meets monthly at Bradbury House, Park Buildings, Pontypool. A friendly social club for vision impaired people. Short walks in the local and surrounding areas.
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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 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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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 Green Bowls Group - (Swansea Green Bowls Group)Service

Group which meets weekly at the indoor bowls stadium at Landore, 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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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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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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Thursday Luncheon Club - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))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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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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UCAN performance - (UCAN Productions)Service

UCAN gives visually impaired children and young people and their friends the opportunity to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and promote individual abilities through performance. The organisation is based in Cardiff but works across the UK.
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View Craft/Art Group - (Vision Support)Service

This arts and crafts club meets every Tuesday from 10am - 12 noon at Wrexham Library, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham.
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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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VIEW Social Club - (Visually Impaired Endeavours in Wrexham (VIEW))Service

This social club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 2-4pm at AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham.
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VIEW Tennis - (Visually Impaired Endeavours in Wrexham (VIEW))Service

Tennis club meeting on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 10am - 12 noon. Location: Tennis Centre, Wrexham.
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VIM Meetings - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

VIM arranges meetings for its members with talks from experts and representatives of other relevant services.
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VIP Groups - (Pembrokeshire Blind Society)Service

PBS organise ten VIP groups in Pembrokeshire: eight groups based on location, plus groups specifically for young (more active?) men and women. Activities include speakers, exercise, trips and demonstrations. Meetings are usually monthly and last 2 hours.
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Visionaires Social Club - Wrexham - (Vision Support)Service

Social Club taking place at Vision Support, Room 33, AVOW, 21, Egerton Street, Wrexham on the first Monday of each month. 11am - 1pm.
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Visionaires Ten Pin Bowling - (Vision Support)Service

Ten pin bowling club for over-18s meeting at Ffrith Astrobowl, Prestatyn. Contact below for dates.
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Welsh Association of VI Bowlers - (Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers (WAVIB))Service

The Welsh Association for VI Bowlers is the governing body for VI bowling in Wales. Its website has details of the various vi bowling clubs across Wales. It is the first point of call to find out more about playing this accessible sport.
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Welshpool and District VI Club - (Welshpool and District Visual Impairment Club)Service

Social and entertainment group for persons who are vision impaired and carers. Outings and speakers, general chat and company. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church, High Street, Welshpool on alternate Tuesdays between the hours of 2 - 4pm. from March - December. The club is run by a small group of people who give their time freely. Raffle event every meeting towards cost of refreshments and use of hall. Affiliated with Macular Society.
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Wrexham Visionaries - (Vision Support)Service

Meets on the first Thursday of each month between 11am and 1.00 pm at Vision Support, Room 33, AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham.
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Young Persons Club - (Sight Cymru)Service

This is an activity club for people who have a vision impairment and their siblings, age 18 to 50 years. The club meets to see a film, go for a walk, take a trip and many other activities and create friendships. People with other disabilities as well as sight are made welcome.
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Abergavenny Nevill Hall Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO). - (Sight Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Nevill Hall hospital. Provides emotional support, information, assistance and signposts on to many different services to help at this difficult time. The ECLO can bridge the gap between health and social care for people with sight loss.
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Abergele (Stanley) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (NHS Wales)Service

ECLO based (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) at the Stanley Eye Clinic, Abergele Hospital. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Amman Valley Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Amman Valley Hospital. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Austin Friars Treatment Centre Newport (ECLO) - (Sight Cymru)Service

Provides emotional support and information for individuals attending the Lucentis injection clinic at Specsavers in Unit 2 Austin Friars, Newport.
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Bridgend (Princess of Wales) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Part time (Mon and Thurs) ECLO based at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Bronglais Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (Sight Cymru)Service

ECLO (2 days per week) based at Bronglais hospital (North Road). Provides emotional support, information, assistance and signposts on to many different services to help at this difficult time. The ECLO can bridge the gap between health and social care for people with sight loss.
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Carmarthen (Glangwili) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Glangwili hospital. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people
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eAccessibilityWales - (Disability Wales)Service

An on-line directory which provides information on software, hardware and computer settings to make your computer easier to use if you have an impairment such as sight loss. Also gives information on organisations in Wales who can offer further help.
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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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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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Haverfordwest (Withybush) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Living made easy (website) - (Disabled Living Foundation (DLF))Service

'Living made easy' is an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living for disabled people. The site includes an 'Ask Sara' section which takes you through a series of questions to identify the type of help that you need.
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Llanelli (Prince Philip Hospital) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Llantrisant (Royal Glamorgan) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Merthyr (Prince Charles) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Full time ECLO based at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Neath Port Talbot Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Part time (Tues) ECLO based at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Newport (Royal Gwent) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (Sight Cymru)Service

Part time ECLO based at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. Provides emotional support, information, assistance and signposts on to many different services to help at this difficult time. The ECLO can bridge the gap between health and social care for people with sight loss.
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One-to-one Drop-in Sessions - (Swansea & District Friends of the Blind)Service

One-to-one sessions for advice, support and information every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Location: Swansea Friends of the Blind, De La Beche Street, Swansea.
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Powys ECLO - (RNIB Cymru)Service

This full time ECLO service operates from a range of clinics including Ystradgynlais, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, Llanidloes.
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Sight Cymru Information Service - (Sight Cymru)Service

Information on the latest treatments, technology and services in your area.
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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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Swansea (Singleton) Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Full time ECLO based at Singleton Hospital, Swansea. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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UHW Cardiff Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Full time ECLO based at University Hospital Wales, Cardiff. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. They also signpost patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Wrexham Maelor Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (NHS Wales)Service

ECLO based 3 days per week) at Wrexham Maelor. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (NHS Wales)Service

ECLO based at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Tuesday to Thursday. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Ysbyty Gwynedd Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (RNIB Cymru)Service

ECLO (Mon-Wed) based at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. Also signposts patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care services for blind and partially sighted people.
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Ystrad Mynach Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) - (Sight Cymru)Service

ECLO based at Ystrad Mynach (Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr) hospital. Provides emotional support, information, assistance and signposts on to many different services to help at this difficult time. The ECLO can bridge the gap between health and social care for people with sight loss.
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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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Bag Books - multisensory books - (Bag Books)Service

Bag Books is the only organisation in the world publishing multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities. Each year we reach around 19,000 children and adults throughout the UK with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) or severely affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
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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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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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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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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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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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Local talking newspaper finder - (Talking News Federation (TNF))Service

The Talking News Federation website has a facility to search for local talking newspapers in your area by inputting your county.
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Nat Talking Newspapers & Magazines subscription - (National Talking Magazines & Newspapers Association)Service

Subscribers to the service get access to an extensive range of newspapers, TV listings magazines and other top-selling and specialist magazines to read on CD player, mobile phone or laptop. Some publications for children are also available.
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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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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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Seeing Ear on-line library - (Seeing Ear)Service

The Seeing Ear is a registered charity which provides an online library for visually impaired & print disabled people in the UK. This unique service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week and is completely free to its members. Teachers, parents & carers can join on behalf of somebody with a visual impairment/print disability. It hosts a fiction section for both children and adults, a non fiction section, and caters for schools.
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Talking Books Wales - (Llyfrau Llafar Cymru/Talking Books Wales)Service

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VIM Newsletter - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

Quarterly newsletter giving information to residents of Merthyr County on activities for people with sight loss. Available in large print, audio CD and email.
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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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Activities for young people - (Micro and Anopthalmic Children's Society (MACS) )Service

MACS organises sailing trips and adventure weekends for young people with MACS conditions.
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Bridgevis social activities - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))Service

Bridgevis organise meals out, visits to places of interest and trips to the New Theatre Cardiff and the Wales Millennium Centre. There is also an audio shooting club, a gardening club and bowls. They also hold monthly coffee mornings from 10 - 12 on the first Friday of every month at Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend.
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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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CIB Womens Hour - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Last Tuesday of the month - 10.30am-12.30pm A group of like-minded women who enjoy days out shopping, lunching and the odd glass of wine! Recent trips have included a day to Ebbw Vale Festival Site shopping centre and lunch at The Farmers Wife at St Brides Major. The group is also occasionally joined by guest speakers.
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Cliffden Hotel - (Vision Hotels)Service

Hotel in Teignmouth, Devon, specialising in facilities for visually impaired guests.
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Holidays from RBS - (Royal Blind Society)Service

RBS offers holidays tailored to visually impaired people in various locations. They own hotels in West Sussex and Llandudno; arrange holidays in Jersey & Guernsey in association with Premier Holidays, and also arrange activity breaks in association with the Calvert Trust & Jubilee Sailing Trust.
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Lauriston Hotel - (Vision Hotels)Service

Hotel in Weston-super-Mare specialising in the needs of guests with sight problems.
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LOOK holiday flat - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children)Service

LOOK owns a holiday flat in Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast. The flat is accessible with two bedrooms, one double (with space for a cot), and one with bunk beds plus an extra single bed. The LOOK flat provides an opportunity for every family with a visually impaired child to enjoy a seaside break and can be booked for both long and short breaks at very reasonable rates.
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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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Sight Cymru Short Breaks - (Sight Cymru)Service

Day trips to various locations.
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Social events - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

The Llanelli Blind Club provides social events throughout the year: concerts and teas, along with three outings per year for upwards of 180 members and Christmas dinner at a local hotel.
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Swansea & NPT trips - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Group members go on one theatre trip per month and one other trip per month. There is also a holiday group which meets twice per year.
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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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Traveleyes Holidays - (Traveleyes)Service

Traveleyes is a company which provides worldwide holidays for groups of people, half of who are visually impaired and half are sighted. Each VI traveller is paired with a sighted person, who acts as a guide and receives a discount.
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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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Visit Wales - ()Service

Website on Wales' tourist attractions and services with a searchable database of accommodation, events/attractions and activities with accessibility information provided.
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Windermere Manor Hotel - (Vision Hotels)Service

Hotel in Cumbria specialising in the needs of guests with sight problems.
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Age Cymru Advice Line - (Age Cymru)Service

Helpline for advice on money matters, benefits and entitlements, income and tax, pensions, legal issues and consumer advice.
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Behcet's Society Helpline - (Behcet's Syndrome Society)Service

A telephone helpline for members which is available between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm on weekdays and between 10 am and 6 pm on weekends and bank holidays (see website for full details). It is run by volunteers so answerphones may be used at certain times. Callers who leave a message are contacted as soon as possible at the Society's expense.
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Citizens Advice Cymru - (Citizens Advice)Service

Citizens Advice Bureaux offer free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on welfare benefits, financial, consumer and relationship issues either over the phone.
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Contact a Family helpline - (Contact a Family)Service

For information or advice on any aspect of caring for a disabled child, ring Contact a Family's national freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm. Can help with issues such as info on your child's medical condition, sources of grants, benefits and special educational needs.
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Deafblind UK Information and advice line - (Deafblind UK)Service

Our free Information & Advice Line offers support and guidance to deafblind people, their carers, family and friends, as well as professionals working with people who have a loss of both hearing and sight. It also provides a service to Deafblind UK's members, who each receive a phonecall three times a year for a general chat and to remind them of the support available through the service. The Information & Advice Line can also connect you to the relevant team or staff member at Deafblind UK.
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Dystonia Society helpline - (The Dystonia Society)Service

The telephone Helpline is available Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 to deal with questions about dystonia from both members and non-members, and from healthcare professionals. Helpline staff are not medically qualified and that the Helpline cannot offer advice about an individual's treatment or provide any type of diagnosis. The service can however provide support and information on many aspects of dystonia and its management
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EASS Helpline - (Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS))Service

A helpline for people affected by discrimination or human rights abuses. It can advise on the Equality Act 2010, and your options for resolving problems formally or informally. See website for full details.
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Esme's Umbrella Help and Information Service - (Esme's Umbrella)Service

Telephone helpline for people affected by Charles Bonnet syndrome (visual hallucinations).
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MACS family helpline - (Micro and Anopthalmic Children's Society (MACS) )Service

Telephone helpline offering advice and support to parents of children born without eyes or with under-developed eyes.
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Macular Society helpline - (Macular Society)Service

Being diagnosed with macular disease can leave you and your family feeling isolated and uncertain about the future. But, there is no need to face macular disease alone; the Macular Society specialist helpline team provide free information, guidance and advice to anyone affected by central vision loss whether it's you, a friend or a family member.
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Nystagmus Network helpline - (Nystagmus Network)Service

The helpline can answer questions on what it's like to have nystagmus, on treatment and research, on DLA, on education and employment, on driving and discrimination, in fact anything you can think of related to nystagmus, whether congenital (early onset) or acquired (late onset). Or you can just phone for a chat with someone else who has nystagmus.
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RNIB Helpline - (RNIB)Service

The helpline can assist you with information on any aspect of RNIB's many services, including information on eye conditions, employment, education, products and services which can help vi people, library services and the RNIB shop.
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RP Helpline - (RP Fighting Blindness)Service

This telephone Helpline is for people with Retinitis Pigmentosa, their relatives and anyone who needs to know more about RP and how to cope with the difficulties it presents. Questions can also be sent via email to the address given below. Please remember that this service cannot provide diagnoses or counselling, and any information given is intended only as a guide.
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Sightline - (International Glaucoma Association)Service

Telephone and email helpline for practical help and advice about glaucoma and emotional support. The line is open Mon - Fri: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. After office hours, an answerphone is in operation, where you can leave a message and they will ring you back.
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Sjorgren's Syndrome helpline - (British Sjogren's Syndrome Association (BSSA))Service

A telephone helpline for advice about this condition.
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Snap Cymru Helpline - (SNAP Cymru)Service

A helpline offering advice on issues related to education and special educational needs for children in Wales, including the statementing process.
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Benefit information - (Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Society (LMBBS))Service

The website has some information regarding benefits for people with LMBBS.
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Benefits & tax credits service - (Contact a Family)Service

Provide information and advice on benefits to the families of disabled children.
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Benefits advice - (Alstrom Syndrome UK)Service

The organisation offers help and advice with educational, social and benefit problems to people affected by Alstrom syndrome.
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On-line Benefits adviser - (UK Government)Service

An on-line tool available from the UK Government. Get an estimate of what benefits (eg Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance) and tax credits you could get, and find out about claiming specific benefits. You can also find out how your benefits would be affected by a change in circumstances (eg if you find work).
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RAISE Rights, Advice and Information Service - (RNIB Cymru)Service

The RAISE (Rights, Advice & Information Service) has been designed to address the barriers that blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people face when claiming benefits. RNIB Cymru delivers the service in partnership with Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, Sense Cymru and Deafblind Cymru.
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Turn2us Benefits Calculator - (Turn2us)Service

A simple on-line calculator to help you find out whether you might be entitled to any state benefits, and find out where to go for further support.
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Welfare & Grants Team - (Blind Veterans UK)Service

The team give advice on welfare benefits.
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Welfare benefits - (Sight Cymru)Service

Welfare rights assistance to vision impaired people in several regions. Assessments are done at someone's home or office, and the service is to help complete forms, find supporting evidence and assistance to take to tribunal if necessary.
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Welfare benefits (Supporting people) - (Sight Cymru)Service

Welfare rights assistance to visually impaired people in the area. Will carry out the interview at the individual's home.
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Welfare rights advice - (Citizens Advice)Service

The Citizens Advice service helps people ensure they receive appropriate benefits by providing free, independent & confidential advice. Advice can be given at local offices, outreach sites & over the phone. Home visits are available in some areas.
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Welfare Rights and Benefits Advice - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Advice on current welfare benefits and help with completing the application forms.
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Albinism Fellowship - (Albinism Fellowship)Service

Provides a website resource,on-line discussion forum and telephone support for people affected by albinism.
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Alstrom syndrome support group - (Alstrom Syndrome UK)Service

Provides support for those affected by Alström Syndrome, their carers and professionals working with them. This includes a forum, help with gaining access to medical assessments with doctors who have expertise in Alström Syndrome, quarterly medical screening clinics and a newsletter.
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Aniridia support - (Aniridia Network UK)Service

Aniridia Network UK provides a positive, supportive network of families, individuals and professionals in order to share ideas, experiences and give emotional support. It provides information to health professionals, patients and their families, about aniridia, the related conditions and their implications for the patient.
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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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Beat the Best - (Beat the Best (Facebook group))Service

A Facebook group for people with Best's disease.
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Birdshot Uveitis Society - (Birdshot Uveitis Society (BUS))Service

BUS supports patients with Birdshot, particularly when first diagnosed and provides up-to-date information about the condition and treatment options to help empower patients and ensure they have access to the most appropriate treatment possible.
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CHARGE Family Support Group Events - (CHARGE Family Support Group)Service

The priority for the Group is to create opportunities to bring families together. If you are interested in attending an event or helping to organise one in your area, follow the link below.
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CIB Discussion Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Held every Tuesday 11.15am to 1.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Join this group of visually impaired people of Cardiff and the Vale, for talk and support. Be involved in lively discussions about a wide variety of topics (excluding religion and politics). The group also occasionally enjoys a trip out for lunch.
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CIB Dual Sensory Support Group - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

The club meets at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff on the 3rd Friday of every month fron 10.30am - 12.30pm. Anyone with a sight and hearing impairment are welcome. Volunteers will be on hand to assist if need be.
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Coats disease community - (Coats Disease Community)Service

An online community where people can discuss issues related to this condition.
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Contact a Family support groups in Wales - (Contact a Family)Service

Groups provide parents of disabled children with essential practical and emotional support. Workshops and other events are organised.
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Deafblind Cymru - Conwy Group - (Deafblind Cymru)Service

Meets on the last Friday of the month from 11 am to 1 pm at the Ambassador Hotel, Llandudno.
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Deafblind Cymru - Rhyl - (Deafblind Cymru)Service

Support group for deafblind people. Meets on the third Tuesday in the month between 2 and 4pm at Hafan Deg, Grange Road, Rhyl.
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Deafblind support - (Sense Cymru)Service

Specialist one-to-one support for deafblind people through both communicator guides and intervenors, and outreach support to children, families and deafblind adults in their own homes
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Degenerative Vitreous Community - (One Clear Vision)Service

An on-line forum for people with DVS, the term used to describe substantial cloudiness in the ageing vitreous humourwhich interferes with the activities of daily living.
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Diabetes UK Cymru voluntary groups - (Diabetes UK Cymru)Service

The voluntary groups across Wales are run voluntarily by people living with diabetes. These groups can offer you local information and support and the opportunity to meet other people who live with diabetes.
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Disabled People Together forum - (Disabled People Together)Service

Ceredigion's first Digital Forum for disabled residents of Ceredigion. It allows people with impairments or long term health conditions to raise their concerns relating to all services provided within Ceredigion. Every quarter the forums will be used to create an Agenda of issues which will be taken to Ceredigion County Council and other public and third party bodies.
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Dystonia Society Forum - (The Dystonia Society)Service

An on-line forum where people can discuss any aspect of dystonia.
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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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Family support workers - (The Eyeless Trust (merged with Royal Blind Society))Service

Family support workers spend time with each family according to their needs and ensure that they have all the services that they need in coming to terms with the emotional, financial and practical issues associated with having of a disabled child. Also help older children with independent living skills.
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Friends in Need - (Depression Alliance)Service

Friends in Need is a way for people affected by depression to meet online and in their local area. It's free to join and a great way to share support.
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Fuch's dystrophy information - (Fuch's dystrophy website)Service

A website containing information about the condition, and links to a support group for Christians with the condition. Scope is unclear, but seems to be American.
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Glaucoma Support Groups - (International Glaucoma Association)Service

The International Glaucoma Association organises patient support groups across the UK. The concept of the groups is to allow patients to meet their health care professionals in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the time restricted atmosphere on outpatients, so the condition and treatment can be discussed in more depth. The weblink below gives details and contact points.
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Great Minds - (Sight Cymru)Service

With the right information, coping strategies and opportunities to speak to other people in a similar situation it is possible to reduce the onset of mental health issues that may arise. This service offers emotional support to people with sight loss experiencing depression and low mood.
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ICAN support group - (International Children's Anopthalmia and Micropthalmia Network (ICAN) )Service

Provides a forum for parents of children with anopthalmia where issues can be discussed. Also has information about the treatment of the condition and medical research. Some activities (such as conferences) are US-based.
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IGA Forum - (International Glaucoma Association)Service

A on-line discussion forum for glaucoma patients and their families. The website also includes information about all aspects of glaucoma.
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Keratoconus discussion forum - (UK Keratoconus Self Help & Support Association)Service

An on-line forum where people with an interest in the condition can raise and discuss issues.
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LMBBS support - (Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Society (LMBBS))Service

LMBBS can help by putting you in touch with other families who are facing similar problems, by passing on advice which has helped others in the day to day management of thieir children, and by sending information which will help professionals in medical and educational fields to understand more about our special children.
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Local Minds - (Mind)Service

Local Minds support over 370,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. Each local Mind is an independent charity run by local people, for local people. They are responsible for their own funding and services. Mind Cymru works together in partnership with local Minds.
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Macular Group - Lampeter - (Macular Society)Service

Group for people with macular disease in the Lampeter area. Meets at St Thomas Church, St Thomas Street, SA48 7DQ on the second Wednesday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm.
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Macular Disease Support Group Conwy - (Macular Society)Service

Meets on the first Monday of the month from 10.30 to 12.00 at Craig y Don Community Centre.
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Macular Group - Bangor - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease. Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Quaker House, Dean Street, Bangor. 11am-1pm.
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Macular Group - Blaenau Ffestiniog - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease meets on 2nd Thursday of every month, 1-3pm. Gwesty Ty Gorsaf Hotel, 1 High Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
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Macular Group - Brecon - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)Service

The group meetsw on the last Monday of every month. Venue: Brecon Theatre, Canal Wharf, Brecon. Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm.Contact Macular Society Regional Manager, Adele Francis.
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Macular Group - Bridgend - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease at Evergreen Hall, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AD. Meets on the first Friday of the month from 10 am to 12pm.
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Macular Group - Cardiff - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease. Meets at CIB monthly on the last Friday of the month. 10.30am - 12.30pm. Cardiff Institute for the Blind, Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff CF10 1BR.
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Macular Group - Dolgellau - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease. Meets in the Gallery Room, St. Mary's Church, Dolgellau.
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Macular Group - Llandudno - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with Macular disease. Meets monthly, on first Monday of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm. Criag Y Don Community Centre, Queens Road, Llandudno, LL30 1TE.
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Macular Group - Milford Haven - (Macular Society)Service

Support group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 2pm to 4pm at Christ Church, 26 Priory Road, Milford Haven.
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Macular Group - Monmouth - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease at Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park, Monmouth on the first Thursday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm.
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Macular Group - Newport - (Macular Society)Service

Support group which meets at the Newport Leisure Centre, Emlyn Room, 1 Kingsway on the last Tuesday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm.
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Macular Group - Pwllheli - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Support group for people with macular disease meets 2nd Friday of every month.
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Macular Group - Tenby - (Macular Society)Service

Support group which meets at Tenby Community Centre, Augustus Place, Tenby on the last Thursday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm.
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Macular Group - Ystradgynlais - (Macular Society)Service

The group meets every month on the second Tuesday of the month. Venue: Adelina Patti Day Room, Ystradgynlais Community Hospital, Glanrhyd Road, Swansea SA9 1AU. Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm. Contact Macular Society Regional Manager, Adele Francis.
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Macular Group Llangefni - (Macular Society)Service

Group supporting people with macular degeneration. Meets on 2nd Friday of each month in Canolfan Ebeneser, Bridge Street, Llangefni.
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Macular Group Swansea - (Macular Society)Service

Club for people with macular degeneration in Swansea. Meets at the Grand Theatre from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm on the first Saturday of alternate months (January, March etc).
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Macular Group Wrexham - (Macular Society)Service

Support group for people with macular disease. Meets on the third Thursday of the month, between 1.30-3.30pm at AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham.
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Macular Society local support groups - (Macular Society)Service

The Macular Society has local self-help support groups across the UK. The groups vary in size and style but all offer invaluable practical and emotional support to people with macular disease from people with macular disease.
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Macular Society Skype Groups - (Macular Society)Service

Skype groups give members the opportunity to talk to others affected by macular disease, without leaving home. People of all ages can take part in video or voice only calls.
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Macular Support Group Abergele - (Macular Society)Service

Meets on 3rd Monday in the month at Abergele hospital.
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Macular Support Group Brecon - (Visual Impairment Breconshire)Service

The group meets on the last Monday of every month.
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Marfan Association UK - (Marfan Association UK)Service

Provides information and a range of literature about Marfan syndrome. Members are also invited to various events organised by the association.
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Neurofibromatosis support services - (The Neuro Foundation)Service

Membership gives access to advisors with information about neurofibromatosis. There are also local groups in some areas, where you can share information.
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Nystagmus network - (Nystagmus Network)Service

The Nystagmus Network website has a range of information about the condition. However, membership gives additional benefits such as access to experts, advice, support and discounts on NN publications.
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Peer Support & Social Groups - (Deafblind Cymru)Service

Deafblind Cymru's peer support & social groups provide those with both sight and hearing impairments plus their carers an opportunity to meet people and make friends. At regular meetings, all members are encouraged to get involved in the decision making process to determine what activities the group should do, often including social outings and arranging meetings to enjoy guest speakers on subjects of interest.
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Peer support network - (Diabetes UK Cymru)Service

The Peer Support network connects people living with diabetes, giving the chance to share information, experience and support. It is run by a team of volunteers, each with lots of experience of managing and living with diabetes. You can talk by email at any time, or phone during opening hours.
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RNIB Connect - (RNIB)Service

A growing community of blind and partially sighted people and their families, friends, carers and supporters. Joining Connect puts you in touch with this community.
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Sane Emotional Support - (Sane)Service

SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Their mental health support services are completely confidential. Whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. Their professional staff and trained volunteers have specialist mental health knowledge; they can help you consider options for support that address your individual circumstances.
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Sight Life Forum (for BME) - (Sight Cymru)Service

Support group for people from a minority (BME) community who have sight loss, or care for someone with sight loss. The group meets on a monthly basis to share experiences, learn new things and suggest ways of improving services.
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South Wales RP Fighting Blindness Group - (RP Fighting Blindness)Service

RP Fighting Blindness volunteers run a number of Local Groups in towns across the UK. These enable people with RP to socialise and support each other as well as raise funds and run events on our behalf.
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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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Support for parents of children with Rb - (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT))Service

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is there to help you through the difficult period of diagnosis and treatment of your child and beyond, offering support throughout their teenage years and into adulthood.
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Swansea Glaucoma Support Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Meets at Singleton Hospital, Swansea. The group is coordinated by the ECLO and ABM Glaucoma Nurse Practitioner.
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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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UK Keratoconus Self Help and Support - (UK Keratoconus Self Help & Support Association)Service

A membership organisation for people with keratoconus. The website has information about the condition, and an on-line discussion forum.
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UK Wolfram Syndrome support group - (UK Wolfram Syndrome Society)Service

An on-line forum providing information and support to families affected by the condition. Some information is also available to download.
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Young Sane - (Sane)Service

Young SANE is a virtual community that focuses on mental health for people aged under 25. They want to highlight the issues that are particularly relevant to young people and talk about their unique needs. Young SANE also celebrates the ingenuity, passion and dedication of young people who have made a commitment to tackling mental health stigma, and changing mental health for good.
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AMD Alliance support - (AMD Alliance International)Service

The AMD Alliance offers information about age related macular degeneration such as guidance on treatment, questions to ask, living with the condition and your rights.
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Health in Wales - ()Service

The gateway to information about health and health services in Wales. The information the NHS provides will be presented to help you make decisions that matter to you and to understand what is happening in relation to your own health and to health care more generally.
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HealthUnlocked - ()Service

HealthUnlocked offers you the ability to learn about your health and to connect with other patients and healthcare professionals. At the heart of HealthUnlocked is your profile that allows you to communicate, and manage your health.
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Local Health Boards (Wales) - (NHS Wales)Service

Webpage with links to the Local Health Boards in Wales.
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UK Care Pathway for RP - (RP Fighting Blindness)Service

An on-line resource giving information about the care of retinitis pigmentosa. There are sections for patients, parents, family & friends, teachers, employers and health professionals.
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Anglesey Direct Payments - (Anglesey Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support.
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Blaenau Gwent Direct Payments - (Blaenau Gwent Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support.
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Bridgend Direct Payments - (Bridgend Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Bridgend use an agency (People Plus - see elsewhere).
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Caerphilly Direct Payments - (Caerphilly Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support.
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Cardiff Direct Payments - (Cardiff Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Cardiff use Dewis CIL for their agency support for Direct Payments recipients.
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Carmarthenshire Direct Payments - (Carmarthenshire Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Carmarthenshire currently use Diverse Cymru to manage Direct Payments on behalf of clients. (See Diverse Cymru)
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Ceredigion Direct Payments - (Ceredigion Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Ceredigion currently provides its support through Diverse Cymru (see elsewhere).
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Compass Independent Living Direct Payments Support - (Compass Independent Living)Service

Compass can help guide you through the process and support you to manage all aspects of your direct payment (personal budget).
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Conwy Direct Payments - (Conwy Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. The Rowan Organisation provide agency support in Conwy.
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Denbighshire Direct Payments - (Denbighshire Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. The Rowan Organisation provides agency support in Denbighshire.
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Direct payment & personal budget support - (The Rowan Organisation)Service

The Rowan Organisation provides information and support in all aspects relating to Direct Payments and Personal Budgets to people in specific local authorities in Wales & England.
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Direct Payments Support - (Dewis Centre for Independent Living)Service

When a Social Services department offers a Direct Payment to one of their clients they advise that person to seek support and information from an organisation with whom they have contracted to give this support. Dewis does this for the authorities indicated.
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Direct payments support service - (Diverse Cymru)Service

Diverse Cymru provide a comprehensive Direct Payments service in Cardiff. The service helps you to manage your payments and offers support with your needs and responsibilities as an employer.
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Flintshire Direct Payments - (Flintshire Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Flintshire use Penderels Trust to manage Direct Payments.
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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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Gwynedd Direct Payments - (Gwynedd Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Gwynedd uses The Rowan Organisation to manage Direct Payments.
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Independent Living Advice Line - (Disability Rights UK)Service

Provides advice on getting direct payments, including information on:individual budgets/personalisation; funding from social services in relation to the care needs of the disabled; the appeals process; general advice on employing personal assistants
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Independent living support - (Cil de Gwynedd)Service

Provides support to encourage independent living for disabled people. Independent Support Officers provide support throughout the process, including recruitment, management, training and payroll setup. The Support Officers at CIL provide an ongoing support service once everything is set up.
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Information and Advice Workshops - (RNIB Cymru)Service

These are half-day workshops to help people with sight loss rebuild their confidence and live as independently as possible. They include 'Finding Your Feet', 'Falls Prevention' and 'Low Vision'. They take place at different venues, so please contact RNIB Cymru on the telephone number given.
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Merthyr Direct Payments - (Merthyr Tydfil Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Merthyr uses Dewis CIL to manage DP.
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Monmouthshire Direct Payments - (Monmouthshire Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Direct Payments in Monmouthshire are managed by GAVO.
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My Care My Home Direct Payments Support - (My Care, My Home)Service

The Direct Payment allows you to be in control of who provides your support and provides consistency of care. My Care My Home can help you with all aspects of this process.
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Neath Port Talbot Direct Payments - (Neath Port Talbot Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. NPT uses the following approved suppliers to provide DP support: Diverse Cymru; The Rowan Organisation; Compass Independent Living; ILBP; My Care, My Home; People Plus.
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Newport Direct Payments - (Newport Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support.
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Pembrokeshire Direct Payments - (Pembrokeshire Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Agency used: Diverse Cymru.
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Penderels Trust Direct Payments - (Penderels Trust)Service

Ponderers Trust can assist with all aspects of a direct payment, for example helping you to manage your care money, dealing with employment issues, paying your staff etc. Once your package is established, your independent living adviser (ILA) will assist you to take on more responsibility for the management of your direct payment, but will always be available to support you if you need some help.
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People Plus Direct Payments - (People Plus)Service

Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot make use of People Plus to manage Direct Payments.
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Personal budget & direct payment support - (Penderels Trust)Service

Provide support to clients in receipt of a personal budget or direct payment from the local authority.
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Powys Direct Payments - (Powys Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support.
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Rhondda Cynon Taff Direct Payments - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Agency used: Dewis CIL
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Self-directed support - (The Shaw Trust)Service

The Trust will help you to manage your direct payment/personal budget and to use this money to organise personal support. They will help you find, employ and manage your personal assistants.
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Swansea Direct Payments - (Swansea Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Agency used: Compass Independent Living.
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The Rowan Organisation Direct Payments - (The Rowan Organisation)Service

The Rowan Organisation provides a wide range of support services created to help you manage your Direct Payments. This can include: supporting you to decide whether to employ a Personal Assistant (PA) or to use other services; support with setting up the scheme; support with paperwork required by the scheme; support with finding and recruiting staff; providing you with information and advice on the legal requirements of being an employer.
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Torfaen Direct Payments - (Torfaen Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support.
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Torfaen Direct Payments User Group - (GAVO (Gwent Assoc. of Voluntary Organisations))Service

Torfaen has an active Direct Payments User Group which meet every 8 weeks at Canalside, Five Locks Road, Pontnewydd. If you are receiving Direct Payments, about to receive them or want to know more about them then why not come along to the next meeting. The Group discuss issues about Direct Payments, you get the chance to meet other service users and find out more about Direct Payments.
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Vale of Glamorgan Direct Payments - (Vale of Glamorgan Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Agency used: Penderels Trust
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Wrexham Direct Payments - (Wrexham Social Services)Service

Direct Payments enable people assessed as requiring Social Care services to purchase their own care and support. Agency used: Penderels Trust.
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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 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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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

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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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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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 Mobility specialist - (Carmarthenshire Education Department)Service

Carmarthenshire Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Gareth Morgans.
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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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Children's Mobility and Habilitation Service - (Guide Dogs Cymru)Service

Guide Dogs Cymru support to children and their families as they tackle the challenges of sight loss from birth through transition to adulthood.
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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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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 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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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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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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Gwent Mobility specialist - (Gwent Visual Impairment Service (GVIS))Service

GVIS provides five local authorities with staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Ann Tansley.
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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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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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Independent living advice - (Vision Support)Service

Vision Support's qualified rehabilitation officers focus on maintaining independence and promoting equality for anyone living with sight loss. They also have a team of Rehabilitation Assistants who demonstrate specialist equipment and support service users in their own homes.
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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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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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Mobility Specialist - (Flintshire CC Learning Inclusion Service)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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Rehabilitation workers - (Sight Cymru)Service

Rehabilitation officers can give people with sight problems the skills and confidence that they need to stay independent, including help getting about, communication, lighting, using magnifiers and special equipment in the home.
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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. The contact is Delyth Molyneux.
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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. The contact is Helen Jenkins.
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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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Ceredigion Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Ceredigion Education Department)Service

Ceredigion Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Howard Jones.
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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. The contact is Steve Boothby.
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Courses at QAC - (Queen Alexandra College)Service

The College in Birmingham provides a wide range of courses for students with a visual impairment, or other disabilities. Subjects include health and social care, hospitality, IT and the performing arts - see the website for full details.
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Flintshire Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Flintshire CC Learning Inclusion Service)Service

Flintshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Anne Noden.
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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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Gwent Qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Gwent Visual Impairment Service (GVIS))Service

GVIS provides teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children to five local authorities. The contact is Ann Tansley.
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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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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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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 of the visually impaired (QTVI) - (Pembrokeshire Education Service)Service

Pembrokeshire Council has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children. The contact is Gill Hill.
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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. The contact is Ann Thomas.
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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. The contact is Gareth Morgans.
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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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Audio Transcription - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

A bilingual (English and Welsh) audio recording service producing talking books and talking newspapers.
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RNIB Transcriptions - (RNIB Cymru)Service

The service creates books and other print materials in all kinds of accessible formats - braille, large print, e-text, audio and tactile images.
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Befriending - (Macular Society)Service

The Macular Society's befrienders make regular calls and enjoy chatting. You choose what you want to talk about - it could be about macular disease, your favourite hobbies or TV programmes, or just the weather! Particularly suitable for people unable to join a support group. The Society aims to find you a befriender who is local and shares your interests, experiences or type of macular disease.
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Befriending scheme - (Aniridia Network UK)Service

Befriending scheme for people with aniridia who are members of Aniridia Network UK - an opportunity to talk to someone who has experience of the condition.
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CIB Befriending service - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))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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Friendly AdvantAGE - (Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS))Service

The project offers a range of befriending services to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve the wellbeing of older people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
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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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In Touch befriender service - (Deafblind Cymru)Service

Volunteer befrienders will regularly visit people with combined sight & hearing loss, helping them to do more of the things they enjoy. This could include a visit to the local café, leisure activities such as rambling, help with information technologies, assistance with simple DIY tasks or a cup of tea and chat - whatever the individual wants. The volunteers do not provide a personal care service so will not be able to help with activities such as lifting people or giving medication.
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Let's Talk - (Vision Support)Service

Service users receive a regular (usually weekly) telephone call from a Vision Support 'Let's Talk' volunteer. As well as putting them in contact with any other Vision Support services that they may enquire about, they have a general chat.
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Macular Society buddies - (Macular Society)Service

The Macular Society can put you in touch with a Treatment Buddy who has already had treatment, for information and reassurance. If you are experiencing visual hallucinations (Charles Bonnet Syndrome) due to sight loss there is a buddy service where you can talk to someone who has also experienced visual hallucinations for information and reassurance.
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My Guide - (Guide Dogs Cymru)Service

The 'My Guide' scheme is a partnership between Guide Dogs and community organisations, which helps people with sight loss get out of their homes and back into the community. My Guide aims to reduce the isolation that many people with sight loss experience, helping to rebuild their confidence and regain their independence.
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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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Phone visiting service - (Ceredigion Association for the Blind)Service

Blind and partially sighted people who live alone or in isolated areas get a friendly call on a regular basis from volunteers who are themselves blind or partially sighted. Callers can also pick up any needs which may arise. They may be able to provide relevant information or can refer cases to social services.
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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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RP Telephone befriending service - (RP Fighting Blindness)Service

The RP Fighting Blindness Telephone Befriending Service (TBS) links people who would welcome a friendly phone call from a trained person with knowledge of dealing with RP, with a team of volunteers willing to share their experiences. The TBS offers a social link on a more personal and longer term basis than the Helpline, with regular calls being made by the volunteers for as long as they are welcomed.
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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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Telephone befriending (VIM) - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

VIM provides a telephone befriending service to its members.
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Telephone Befriending - Ringaround - (Sight Cymru)Service

A regular phone call from a visually impaired volunteer helping to keep someone up to date with things going on in the wider world.
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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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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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Children, Families and Young People Service - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Advice and support on education and social activities for blind and partially-sighted children and their families.
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Employment Support Service - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Help with looking for work or helping you to stay in work for people with sight loss.
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Money Advice Service for disabled people - (Money Advice Service)Service

An online resource dedicated to supporting people who become ill or disabled. The site offers a range of practical tips and free impartial advice to help people better understand their money matters when faced with a life-changing event such as a long-term health condition or disability.
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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 work with HMRC and call customers to check they are getting the benefits, concessions and tax allowances they are entitled to, and to tell them about other services from RNIB and Action for Blind People.
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RNIB Transitions - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Help for young people moving from school to college.
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Braille classes - (Pembrokeshire Blind Society)Service

Braille classes are held twice a month at Haverfordia House, Winch Lane, Haverfordwest.
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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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Computer training - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))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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Computer training - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))Service

Bridgevis provide computer training and computer drop in sessions for members at Bridgend College.
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Computer Training - Wrexham - (Vision Support)Service

Learn computer skills. Contact the IT trainer directly. Vision Support, Room 33, AVOW, 22 Egerton Street, Wrexham.
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Computer, IT and Technology Training - (Sight Cymru)Service

Keep up to date and learn how to use computers, IT and other assistive technology.
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Finding your Feet 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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Inclusive Teaching Practice - (Visualise Training and Consultancy)Service

A fundamental introduction of inclusive teaching and education practices for teaching Visual Impaired Learners.
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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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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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NWSB Finding Your Feet - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

A training scheme created by people with sight loss to help their peers gain skills to meet life’s everyday challenges, from going out shopping to tips on using transport services. The course has been divided into five topics, all of which have been chosen by people with sight loss. Participants can attend as many days as they choose. The topics cover: Money Management, Travelling, Shopping, Information Technology and Digital Inclusion.
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Online Today - (RNIB Cymru)Service

RNIB can help to get you online and make the most of digital devices like tablets, smartphones, laptops and e-readers.
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Online Today - IT Training - (Vision Support)Service

Vision Support has a team of staff and volunteers who will help you find out how to get the most of being online - from browsing websites and sending emails, to keeping in touch with family and friends and up to date with news and leisure interests. Through home visits, events, one-to-one and group sessions and demonstrations of products such as laptops, tablets, smartphones and eReaders, you will find how easy it is to gain the basic skills and confidence to use technology.
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QAC Advance2work - (Queen Alexandra College)Service

If you are aged 18 or above and want to move into employment, the advance2work programme at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham may be able to help. It aims to help you fill any skills gaps, get some work experience and find a job as quickly as possible. The College's experienced staff of tutors and Employment Consultants will work with you on your individualised programme which can last from a few weeks up to a year if necessary. The programme is funded by the Dept for Work & Pensions.
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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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Sight Cymru Training - (Sight Cymru)Service

Qualified staff to provide awareness training to volunteers, carers, nursing staff, GPs, businesses etc. A course that shows you how to understand the perspective of a vision impaired person and how to approach, guide and leave a vision impaired person.
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Specialist Worker Training - (Sight Cymru)Service

Professional training aimed at Rehabilitation officers, Social workers, nursing staff, Optometrists etc. Includes talks from specialist consultants on a variety of eye related topics and networking opportunities.
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VI Awareness Training - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Advice and training which will help raise awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people in both work and social situations. The training typically includes: low vision awareness, sighted guide techniques and demonstration, eye conditions, communication skills, aids and equipment demonstrations, practical advice and guidance.
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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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Visual Impairment Awareness Training - (Visualise Training and Consultancy)Service

In-house Visual Impairment Awareness Training tailored to your business needs.
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Work Choice - (Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind (MTIB))Service

If you have a disability or health condition that makes it difficult for you to find/keep employment, MTIB & Work Choice aim to help. Work Choice brings together the best elements of WORKSTEP and Work Preparation into a unified programme which will equip disabled people to move into, retain and progress in employment. The new programme is aimed specifically at those customers who, by reason of significant disability, cannot be helped into employment through JobCentre Plus mainstream programs.
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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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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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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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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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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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Disability Sports Development Officers (DSDOs) - (Disability Sports Wales )Service

Each local authority in Wales has a DSDO whose role is to increase the participation of disabled people in sports.
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Find a Sport - (Deloitte Parasport)Service

An on-line tool enabling disabled people to identify sports which are suitable for their specific impairment, and then search for clubs in their area where they can try that activity.
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Shooting Club - (Bridgevis (Bridgend & District VI society))Service

Shooting Club for blind and partially sighted people in Bridgend. Using a sound signal to indicate how close to the target the aim is, it is usable for people with total sight loss.
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CIB Resource Centre - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

Resource centre run by Cardiff Institute for the Blind. It contains the latest aids, gadgets and information for vi people, and all the equipment is sold at concessionary prices. Staff and volunteers are always on hand to advise and assist, but you are also welcome just to browse around. Transport can be arranged if required.
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Halton Resource Centre - (Vision Support)Service

The fully trained staff and volunteers at Vision Support's Halton Resource Centre demonstrate and sell specialist equipment to help with daily living. The Resource Centre has a range of information on Vision Support's services and other relevant services available locally and nationally.
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NWSB Resource Centre - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Located at 325 High Street in Bangor, the resource centre is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The centre is an invaluable source of advice, information and practical demonstrations. They have a wide range of equipment on display ranging from magnifiers to mobile phones. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to demonstrate and advise on their use.
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Prestatyn Resource Centre - (Vision Support)Service

The resource centre on Prestatyn High Street is situated close to the bus station and the Library and has ample car parking nearby. The trained staff and volunteers at the centre are happy to demonstrate the wide range of specialist equipment available from items such as talking clocks and watches at less than £20.00 to the more expensive electronic magnifiers. They can also advise you on the services available, both locally and nationally, for people living with the effects of sight loss.
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Sight Cymru Resource Centre - (Sight Cymru)Service

A comprehensive resource centre with aids for everyday living. Includes mobile phones, talking clocks and watches, large print diaries, calendars etc. Also lots of aids and adaptations that you can use for your own home without spending money. Dual sensory loss aids also available.
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Stepney Centre for VI - (Carmarthenshire County Blind Society)Service

Demonstrations of various computer systems with all up-to-date software packages; the latest full size electronic magnification systems which includes speech and colour contrast; substantial range of hand held magnification equipment.
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Swansea Vale Resource Centre - (Swansea Social Services)Service

Swansea Social Services have a Resource Centre of equipment for people with sensory loss, offering an opportunity to trial equipment for suitability before purchasing from providers.
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VIM Resource Centre - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM))Service

Sensory impairment aids for everyday living such as mobile phones, talking clocks and watches, fully equipped kitchen demonstrating various aids, CCTVS etc. There are also demonstration facilities for other disabilities eg Tunstall equipment.
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Vision Support Mobile Resource Centres - (Vision Support)Service

Vision Support have two Mobile Information Units that visit local communities making it easier for those unable to get to a resource centre to access information, services and equipment. Monthly schedules for the two units are published on the website.
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Connect Radio - (RNIB)Service

Connect Radio is especially for blind and partially sighted people and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Freeview Channel 730 and online at insight radio.co.uk
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Visibly Better - (RNIB Cymru)Service

An accreditation and advice provider to enable organisations to create accessible and attractive environments in areas such as social housing, hospitals and offices.
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Counselling and Emotional Support - (Sight Cymru)Service

Provides confidential support and information to people who, because of sight loss, are experiencing emotional difficulties. The service is available face-to-face in the clients own home or by telephone.
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RNIB Counselling - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Offering telephone and online counselling to people impacted by sight-loss. Counselling through the medium of Welsh, as well as English.
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County Steering Group - (RNIB Cymru)Service

Representation from VI people in Swansea. Held monthly in Civic Centre Swansea.
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County Steering Group - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

The County Steering Group for Anglesey meets once every two months at Canolfan Telfod Centre, Menai Bridge.
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County Steering Groups - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

Gwynedd County Steering Groups in Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Dolgellau.
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Ein Llais Ein Storm - (Wales Council of the Blind)Service

Storm WCB (Ein Llais Ein Storm) aims to give young adults across Wales the opportunity to have their voices and opinions heard. The project uses social media to share thought and open discussions, create an online community and to promote services. Run in conjunction with UCAN Productions.
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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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VI Voices Denbighshire - (Vision Support)Service

The county steering group where people with a vision impairment can meet to exchange ideas and views about any issue. The group is supported by Vision Support and meets at the Library, Prestatyn on the second Monday every other month between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
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VI Voices Wrexham - (Vision Support)Service

The county steering group where people with a vision impairment can meet to exchange ideas and views about any issue. The group is supported by Vision Support and meets at AVOW, Egerton Street, Wrexham on the third Monday every other month between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
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Your Voice - a Shared Vision (South East Wales) - (Wales Council of the Blind)Service

This forum is aimed at feeding the opinions and concerns of blind and partially sighted people in South East Wales to the national agenda. A member of the group is also nominate to the Board of Directors of Wales Council of the Blind.
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Your Voice - a Shared Vision (West Wales) - (Wales Council of the Blind)Service

This forum is aimed at feeding the opinions and concerns of blind and partially sighted people in West Wales to the national agenda. A member of the group is also nominate to the Board of Directors of Wales Council of the Blind.
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Dr. Rhydian James Grant Fund - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

A grant to empower and enable future generations of people who are blind and partially sighted to reach their goals and fulfil their aspirations whatever they may be. Applicants in receipt of means-tested benefits will be given priority. They are happy to consider applications for specialist software, equipment and specialist training in the use of access technology.
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Eyeless Trust grants - (The Eyeless Trust (merged with Royal Blind Society))Service

The Eyeless Trust offers modest grants for families and children with anophthalmia, microphthalmia or coloboma. These are arranged through The Family Support Worker, and each year a large number of families benefit for a wide range of needs. Grants can be used for practical help, recreational activities and holidays.
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Family Fund grants - (Family Fund)Service

Provide grants to the families of disabled children and young people who meet certain criteria. The grants can be used for essential items such as washing machines, fridge-freezers, family breaks, clothing and bedding as well as contributions to hospital visiting costs. They also help with tablets, laptops and sensory toys.
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Financial aid - (Behcet's Syndrome Society)Service

The Society will provide grants to help people who are in hardship because of Behçet's disease. To provide a grant, evidence of the amount needed must be provided. Examples of claims which might be funded include prepayment certificate for drugs, help with travel to hospital, household bills, help towards computer with reading aids/voice recognition if you are visually impaired, or aids/other equipment not available on the NHS to help if you are disabled.
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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 MACS - (Micro and Anopthalmic Children's Society (MACS) )Service

MACS gives grants to cover the cost of activities or equipment needed by children born without eyes, or with under-developed eyes. You must have been a member of MACS for at least 6 month to apply.
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Grants from RBS - (Royal Blind Society)Service

Grants can be made to blind & vi people on low incomes. Examples of how they can be used are: IT equipment; reading and literacy aids ; to help pay household bills; to fund work-related training; to buy specialist medical equipment such as thick-lens spectacles; to provide daily living aids such as a washing machine with Braille controls; to meet emergencies and unforeseen needs.
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Grants from Swansea & District Friends of the Blind - (Swansea & District Friends of the Blind)Service

Provide some grants to blind people living in the Swansea area.
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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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RAB grants - (Radnorshire Association for the Blind)Service

Radnorshire Association offer grants to Radnorshire residents to help towards the cost of equipment to help people with a visual impairment.
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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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Transcall - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service

A door-to-door volunteer transport service organised by CIB. It can be used for social activities, hospital appointments and meetings, but not for work purposes. Two working day's notice is requested.
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Workplace Assessments - (Visualise Training and Consultancy)Service

We carry out holistic workplace and work-based assessments for visually impaired, hearing impaired and dyslexic employees in the workplace.
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