Wales Council of the Blind

Vision Impairment

Definition: Visual impairment, vision impairment, or low vision is a severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses and reduces a person's ability to function at certain or all tasks.

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Services mentioning Vision Impairment

Anglesey VI Education Service - (Isle of Anglesey/Gwynedd Additional Learning Needs Service) Education

Anglesey/Gwynedd local authorities provide Additional Learning Needs support and have teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Apply for Assistive Technology - (Guide Dogs) Grants

Guide Dogs believes the right assistive technology – sometimes called ‘access’ or ‘adaptive’ technology – can help your child learn and play, just like everyone else. That’s why they've helped children and young people access a world of technology designed to suit their vision impairment.

Audio Book Club - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Clubs and social groups

Join us on Zoom as we listen to different audio books with other Visually Impaired (VI) young people from all over the UK! You can listen to books of your choice in the comfort of your space, have a chance to meet new people & make new friends as we have discussions, quizzes, and create your own audiobook sessions around the chosen book. Once we finish a book, we also hold exciting nominations and vote in time for the book reveal session. Audio book club is at a regular time of 5pm-6pm every Monday and Thursday for children and young people between the ages of 8-25.

Blind in Business employment support - (Blind in Business) Employment Support

Blind in Business provide a range of services aimed at assisting visually impaired graduates into employment. These include assistance with applications, practice interview sessions, advice on job hunting and help with networking.

Bridgend Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Bridgend County Borough Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Bridgend VI Education Service - (Bridgend CBC Education Department) Education

Bridgend CBC provides Additional Learning Needs Support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Brighter Futures Wellbeing Hub - (Vision Support) Information

Living with a vision impairment can have a significant impact on your wellbeing as it impacts on daily life both emotionally and practically. Vision Support's Wellbeing Hub aims to provide you with information including websites and apps that can help improve your wellbeing as well as services that you can access throughout North-East Wales, Cheshire-West and Chester and Halton. On the hub you can discover: Services and activities taking place in your area; Apps and online resources; Information

Caerphilly Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Caerphilly County Borough Council) Rehabilitation

Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) are trained to support individuals with sight problems to rebuild skills and confidence as their sight changes. Support aims to encourage independence around mobility, communications, household skills, lighting, using magnifiers and specialist equipment. The local authority also maintains the Sight Impairment Register, and signposts to many other agencies.

Cardiff Mobility specialist - (Cardiff Council Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

Cardiff Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Roberta Veryard.

Cardiff Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Cardiff Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Cardiff VI Education Service - (Cardiff Council Education Department) Education

Cardiff Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Carmarthenshire Qualified Habilitation Specialist - (Carmarthenshire Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

Carmarthenshire Council can provide habilitation services to vi children in a school environment.

Carmarthenshire VI Education Service - (Carmarthenshire Education Department) Education

Carmarthenshire Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Cerebral Visual Impairment meetings - (Cerebral Visual Impairment Society) Support Group

The Cerebral Visual Impairment Society hold an annual meeting which provides opportunities for parents, people with CVI and professionals to meet up and learn from each other in a mutually supportive environment.

Ceredigion VI Education Service - (Ceredigion Education Department) Education

Ceredigion Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Connecting Families - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Support Group

We hold monthly evening group sessions for parents and carers of vision impaired children and young people (0-25 years) which are facilitated by our team of RSBC Family Practitioners. It’s a supportive group where you will learn from the experiences of other parents and carers and in turn be able to support others with your own experiences and stories. Each month there will be a new topic covering many of the milestones and issues which parents and carers might face. It’s a safe place to share your feelings knowing others will support you. What to expect: Peer support; Empowering each other; Learning about and understanding mental health and well-being; Sharing knowledge and experience; Discussing the challenges of raising a child with a vision impairment; Open advice forum – no question is too big or too small.

Conwy Mobility specialist - (North East Wales Sensory Support Service (NEWSS)) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

NEWSSS has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to VI children in a school environment. The contact is Rachel Ward below.

Conwy Sight Loss Group - (Vision Support) Clubs and social groups

For people living with a vision impairment in the Conwy Borough. This group chats, has a range of activities/speakers and also attends trips. Meeting monthly at @20 Station Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy. LL29 8BU, 2pm-4pm. Contact Catherine below.

Conwy Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Conwy County Borough Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Conwy Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Conwy County Borough Council) Rehabilitation

A Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) 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. Note: RCT's VRS only works with vision impaired adults.

Courses at QAC - (Queen Alexandra College) Education

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.

CustomEyes Books - (Guide Dogs) Accessible media

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.

Cymru Campaigners - (RNIB) Forum / focus group

Social group for people who like to campaign for change. It runs on alternate Fridays over Microsoft Teams, and people can join via a link for their computer or device, or join by phone, or can be dialled in for easy access. Our campaigners get together to talk about what they have been up to and give each other support and advice.  For more information, email cymrucampaigns@rnib.org.uk  or call 0303 123 999.

Deafblind UK Cardiff Social Group - (Deafblind UK) Clubs and social groups

The group provides a friendly, safe space where members can meet for a chat and a cuppa, and share challenges, information and build friendships. It will meet monthly, on the last Thursday, from 12 - 1 pm on the 4th floor of Cardiff Central Library. For referrals to the group, please contact Carys Jones, Sensory Support Officer via email at carys.jones@deafblind.org.uk.

Denbighshire Mobility specialist - (North East Wales Sensory Support Service (NEWSS)) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

NEWSSS has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to VI children in a school environment. The contact is Rachel Ward below.

Disabled Persons Welsh Concessionary Travel Card - (Transport for Wales) Transport

An ID card to enable concessionary travel for disabled people on many Wales rail and bus services. The holder can travel free on most bus services in Wales and the borders and enjoy discounted or free travel on many rail services. You can apply on the phone number below, via email, or via the weblink. (Please note, this is not valid outside Wales (with the exception of some border services) and does not replace the scope of the Disabled Persons Railcard issued by National Rail.) Also, for the Disabled Person with Companion Travel Card where you require a companion to travel with you when using your Disabled Persons Welsh Concessionary Travel Card, you must apply directly to your local authority. Where known, these contacts are given in Perspectif. Search by choosing your local authority and type 'companion travel card' in the word search field.

Dolphin assistive technology products - (Dolphin Computer Access Ltd) Access technology

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, and magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

EYE CAN - (Sight Life) Support Group

Not currently running. 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.

Financial aid - (Behcet's UK) Grants

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.

Flintshire Mobility Specialist - (North East Wales Sensory Support Service (NEWSS)) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

NEWSSS has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to VI children in a school environment. The contact is Rachel Ward below.

Forest Talk - (Forest Talk) Accessible media

Forest Talk provides a weekly talking newspaper for blind and visually impaired people in the Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire. We record local news items taken from the weekly Forest of Dean newspapers: The Forester and Wye Valley Forest Review. We complement this with a weekly ‘magazine’ of light-hearted articles, local interest items, poems and anecdotes. Each recording lasts approximately 90 minutes. Our recordings are distributed on USB memory sticks. We also supply each of our registered blind listeners with a free of charge USB ‘soundbox’ to enable them to listen to our recordings each week. Publications: The Forester (weekly); The Wye Valley Review (weekly); Western Daily Press (daily).

Friendly Phone Service - (Visual Impairment Breconshire) Befriending

This offers support and friendship through regular phone contact for visually impaired people in Breconshire (South Powys).

Further education courses - (Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)) Education

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.

Grants from Ceredigion Association - (Ceredigion Association for the Blind) Grants

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.

Grants from VI Breconshire - (Visual Impairment Breconshire) Grants

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.

Gwynedd VI Education Service - (Isle of Anglesey/Gwynedd Additional Learning Needs Service) Education

Anglesey/Gwynedd local authorities provide Additional Learning Needs support and have teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Gym Group - (Vision Support) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

Brio Fitness at Northgate Arena in Chester offer vision impaired sessions after running taster sessions with Vision Support. The vision impaired sessions are sports sessions tailored to those partially sighted or blind. Gym Sessions Tuesdays 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

Home visits - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM)) Advice

VIM makes home visits to members, particularly to assist people who have been recently diagnosed to adjust to their situation.

Humanware technological aids - (HumanWare) Access technology

HumanWare develop technological aids enabling people living with vision impairment to develop their potential, live independently and improve quality of life by promoting literacy, inclusion, and accessibility.

Inclusive Teaching Practice - (Visualise Training and Consultancy) Training

A fundamental introduction of inclusive teaching and education practices for teaching Visual Impaired Learners.

Let's Talk Telephone Befriending Service (North Wales) - (Vision Support) Befriending

For people living with a vision impairment who may be feeling lonely and isolated and would like a chat to a friendly volunteer. Vision Support's Telephone Befriending Service is delivered by volunteers who can call once a week (or less frequently if desired) at a time on a day that is agreed.

Lipreading Classes - (Wales Council for Deaf People) Training

For more information contact via email, phone or Text: 01443 485686; Fax: 01433 408555.

Living with Sight Loss courses (Merthyr) - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM)) Training

This programme from VIM 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.

LOOK holiday flat - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

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.

LOOK mentoring service - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children) Counselling and emotional support

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

LOOK Parent Support Group - (LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children) Support Group

Come and meet other parents of Visually Impaired children every other Tuesday at 19:30GMT in our free online meet up sessions. (On Mondays from August 2023)

Low Vision Service Wales - (NHS Wales) Access technology

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

Maggie's Club - (UCAN Productions) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

Aimed at individuals with sight impairments and additional learning needs and founded in honour of UCAN Board Member, Dr Margaret Woodhouse OBE, known to everyone as Maggie. This once a month event is full of fun, drama, games, sound workshops and arts and crafts. 2:00pm-3:30pm at School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University, Maindy Rd, Cardiff. For more information and to book a place please contact Enireth.

Men's Group - (Bridgend County Borough Council) Support Group

VI/Deaf-blind men of all ages meet every 6 weeks in Wetherspoons Maesteg 2-4pm. Contact Sandy Davies, Rehabilitation Officer, for forthcoming dates.

Merthyr Tydfil Mobility specialist - (Merthyr Tydfil Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

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.

Merthyr Tydfil VI Education Service - (Merthyr Tydfil Education Department) Education

Merthyr Tydfil Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Monmouthshire Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Monmouthshire County Council) Rehabilitation

A Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) 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. Note: Monmouthshire's VRS only works with vision impaired adults.

My Sound Cinema - (Screen Language) Accessible media

My Sound Cinema is the first online cinema dedicated to audio described content and designed for the visually impaired community.

Newport Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Newport City Council) Rehabilitation

A Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) 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. Note: Newport's VRS only works with vision impaired adults.

NPT Mobility specialist - (Neath Port Talbot Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

NPT Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Martha Rees.

NPT Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Neath Port Talbot Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

NWSB Children's Fund - (North Wales Society of the Blind) Grants

The children's fund was established to help meet the needs of children who have impaired vision, by providing special needs grants and specialist equipment. Many families with young children who have vision impairments will have experienced lengthy delays and numerous application forms when applying for essential equipment like a CCTV</a> system or specialist computer software. We hope to be able to attract enough support to be able to help meet some of these needs.

NWSB General Grants - (North Wales Society of the Blind) Grants

The general grant fund may award grants of up to £100 to individuals who are registered sight impaired or severely Sight impaired who also live in North Wales. The fund may provide grants for items which have been specifically designed for people with impaired vision. Contact Steve Thomas via the contact details below.

Peer support - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM)) Befriending

VIM provides peer support to people with sight loss in Merthyr at their meetings.

Pembrokeshire VI Education Service - (Pembrokeshire Education Service) Education

Pembrokeshire Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Pembrokeshire Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Pembrokeshire County Council) Rehabilitation

A Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) 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. Note: Pembrokeshire's VRS only works with vision impaired adults.

Powys VI Education Service - (Powys Education Department) Education

Powys Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Powys Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Powys County Council) Rehabilitation

A Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) 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. Note: Powys' VRS only works with vision impaired adults.

Prestatyn Visionaires - (Vision Support) Clubs and social groups

For people who would like to meet other people living with a vision impairment in their local area. This group has a fantastic programme of events and activities. Meeting at the Presbyterian Church of Wales, Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn, LL19 9LR every first Wednesday 10am-12pm.

Punctate Inner Choroidopathy support group - (Macular Society) Support Group

A virtual group for people affected by punctate inner choroidopathy (PIC). The group will meet monthly via Zoom, on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

RAB grants - (Radnorshire Association for the Blind) Grants

Radnorshire Association offer grants to Radnorshire residents to help towards the cost of equipment to help people with a visual impairment.

RCT Mobility specialist - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

RCT Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment.

RCT VI Education Service - (Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department) Education

RCT Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

RCT Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) - (Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council) Rehabilitation

A Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) 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. Note: RCT's VRS only works with vision impaired adults.

Rhydyfelin Social Group - (Sight Life) Clubs and social groups

SIDS meets every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at The Hapi Hub, Masefield Way, Rhydfelin, Pontypridd, CF37 5HQ. This is not a Sight Life service but you can contact Barbara Protheroe via Carys Groves below.

Rhyl Visionaires - (Vision Support) Clubs and social groups

For people who would like to meet other people living with a vision impairment in their local area. This group has a fantastic programme of events and activities. It meets every fourth Wednesday of each month from 10:30am to 12:00pm at The ASK Centre, 9 - 11 Water Street, Rhyl, LL18 1SP.

RSBC Youth Forum - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Forum / focus group

The RSBC youth forum is a group of blind and partially sighted young people aged between 16 and 25. We are committed to creating positive change and championing the voices of blind and visually impaired young people, as well as influencing all areas of work across RSBC. The youth forum works to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of visually impaired young people. We aim to represent their views and opinions, highlight the issues that affect them, and make sure we’re doing our best to influence those who can push for change and bring about improvements in services at both RSBC and external organisations. The youth forum meets online and in person, and meets regularly with trustees and staff across RSBC, to ensure that the voices of blind and visually impaired young people are at the forefront of driving the charities services and engagement.

Sight Life Befriending service - (Sight Life) Befriending

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, accompanying etc, but not for domestic work, decorating or gardening.

Sight Life Discussion Group - (Sight Life) Support Group

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.

Sight Life Resource Centre - (Sight Life) Resource centre

Resource centre run by Sight Life. 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.

Support & mentoring - (Society of Visually Impaired Lawyers (SoVIL)) Support Group

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.

Swansea County Steering Group - (Sight Life) Forum / focus group

Representation from VI people in Swansea. Held on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Grand Theatre Cafe, Swansea.

Swansea Mobility Specialist - (Swansea Council Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

Swansea Council has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to vi children in a school environment. The contact is Cherrie Neal.

Swansea Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Swansea Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Swansea VI Education Service - (Swansea Council Education Department) Education

Swansea Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

Swimming Group - (Vision Support) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

Brio Fitness at Northgate Arena in Chester now offer vision impaired sessions after running taster sessions with Vision Support. The vision impaired sessions are sports sessions tailored to those partially sighted or blind. Swim Sessions Wednesdays 9.30am – 10.30am. Contact Josh on 07842 319377 or email jgarland@visionsupport.org.uk if you would like more information.

TAVIP Membership - (Technology Association of Visually Impaired people (TAVIP)) Support Group

TAVIP 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.

The Accessible Friends Network - (The Accessible Friends Network) Clubs and social groups

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.

The Powell Family Foundation - Grants - (The Powell Family Foundation) Grants

Who do we fund? Individuals: Applications may be made by, or on behalf of, vision impaired individuals who are aged 25 and under, permanently resident in the UK, and in need of financial assistance. Organisations: Applications may be made by charitable organisations registered in the UK, whose work provides direct benefit for people in the UK, and which have, as part of their aims, a focus on services (new or existing) that support vision impaired children and young people.

Thursday Luncheon Club - (Sight Life) Clubs and social groups

A mature group of around 40 visually impaired people. Members are brought in by V.E.S.T transport">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.

TorchTalk - Telephone friendship groups - (Torch Trust) Befriending

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!

Touchwood Bowls - (Visually Impaired Endeavours in Wrexham (VIEW)) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

VI crown green bowling at Bradley Bowls Club, off Park Wall Road, Bradley, Wrexham, LL11 4DA. Runs from beginning of April to end of October. Every Wednesday.

Traveleyes Holidays - (Traveleyes) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

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.

UCAN Professional Activities - (UCAN Productions) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

UCAN has delivered vision awareness training in medical settings, as well as to public and private companies, schools, trade unions and youth organisations in the UK and abroad. This training is delivered by young disabled people and takes a unique approach in challenging public perceptions and attitudes towards sight loss. UCAN Productions also works with Cardiff University School of Optometry, delivering lectures on the lived experience of vision impairment to optometry students.

Vale of Glamorgan Mobility specialist - (Vale of Glamorgan Education Department) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

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

Vale of Glamorgan Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Vale of Glamorgan Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Vale of Glamorgan VI Education Service - (Vale of Glamorgan Education Department) Education

Vale of Glamorgan Council provides Additional Learning Needs support and has teachers who are qualified to teach visually impaired children.

VI Awareness Training - (Vision Support) Training

VI Awareness Training covering North-East Wales delivered by the regional society for blind people for the area.

VI awareness training - (Visual Impairment Merthyr (VIM)) Training

VIM provide vi awareness training to families and organisations.

VI Voices Campaigning Groups - (Vision Support) Forum / focus group

Vision Support's VI Voices groups are for anyone living with a vision impairment who would like to raise awareness of the challenges people living with vision impairment experience and who are passionate about making a difference locally. As well as having a positive impact in the community, it is a great way of meeting others. Contact Nia below.

VICTA events and activities - (VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action)) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

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.

VIP Groups - (Pembrokeshire Blind Society) Clubs and social groups

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.

Vision Support Better Wellbeing Workshops - (Vision Support) Training

Exploring the emotional impact of vision impairment, sharing experiences if you feel comfortable and learning about coping mechanisms you can adopt to increase your emotional resilience. These sessions will be delivered by Vision Support Wellbeing Service Manager Gary Twigg and is open to anyone living with a vision impairment and their supporter’s. The workshops run every three months at Ty Avow, 21 Egerton St, Wrexham LL11 1ND.

Vision Support Counselling Service - (Vision Support) Counselling and emotional support

We understand the significant impact that living with a vision impairment can have upon an individual's wellbeing. The Vision Support counselling Service provides counselling support over the phone to provide emotional support when you need it.

Vision Support Home Visitor Service - (Vision Support) Befriending

Vision Support understand how isolating living with a vision impairment can be due to reduced confidence and mobility. Our home visitor service is here to provide companionship on a regular basis.

Visual Impairment Awareness - (Focal Point UK) Training

This course provides awareness and basic information, advice and skills on visual impairment, identifying the relevant issues and how visual impairment effects and impacts on people's lives and the professionals who work with them.

Visually Impaired Pontypridd (Social Group) - (Sight Life) Clubs and social groups

Visually Impaired Pontypridd meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 10.00 am to 12.00 pm at Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE

Welsh Association of VI Bowlers - (Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers (WAVIB)) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

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.

Welshpool and District VI Club - (Welshpool and District Visual Impairment Club) Clubs and social groups

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.

Working Age Socialise Group - (Vision Support) Clubs and social groups

For anyone of working age living with a vision impairment. This group meets both virtually and in person and is a great way of meeting other people living with a vision impairment in your local area who is of a similar age. The group meet in bars/pubs/restaurants in Llandudno/Chester (alternating monthly) and have a great time!

Workplace Assessments - (Visualise Training and Consultancy) Employment Support

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

Wrexham Mobility specialist - (North East Wales Sensory Support Service (NEWSS)) Mobility / habilitation (Children & young people)

NEWSSS has a member of staff qualified to provide mobility training to VI children in a school environment. The contact is Rachel Ward below.

Wrexham Specialist Social Worker (VI) - (Wrexham County Borough Council) Specialist Social Work (VI)

Help to protect vulnerable visually impaired people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Wrexham Visionaires - (Vision Support) Clubs and social groups

For people who would like to meet other people living with a vision impairment in their local area. This group has a fantastic programme of events and activities. Meeting at the Wrexham Methodist Church every first Thursday of the month 11am-1pm.

Your Voice - a Shared Vision (North East Wales) - (Wales Council of the Blind) Forum / focus group

This forum feeds the opinions of blind and partially sighted people in North East Wales to the national agenda. A member of the group is also nominated to the Board of Directors of Wales Council of the Blind. The forum is drawn from groups managed by Vision Support. These are Conwy Sight Loss Group, VI Voices Denbighshire, VI Voices Wrexham, Rhyl Visionaires, Mold Visionaires, Ruthin Visionaires, Socialise, Wrexham Visionaires. More about these groups under Vision Support.

Library records mentioning Vision Impairment

10 Principles of Good Practice in Vision Rehabilitation Leaflet - [Library Type]

The leaflet defines 10 principles which will show vi people what they are entitled to from their local vision rehabilitation service and should give them the confidence to ask for vision rehabilitation when it is needed.

A guide to delivering equestrian activities for visually impaired people Guidance - [Library Type]

This resource is designed to educate coaches, leaders and staff at equestrian centres across the country about sight loss and the needs of people with a visual impairment in equestrianism. It also provides recommendations on how they can adapt their equestrian opportunities to make them more suitable for VI people.

A Guide to Visually Impaired Target Sports: Archery and Shooting Guidance - [Library Type]

This resource has been designed to educate the coaching and club network to ensure a greater knowledge of VI Archery and VI Shooting and help enhance opportunities for more V I people to take part in these exhilarating sports.

A guide to visually impaired-friendly sport Guidance - [Library Type]

This guide has been created with the specific purpose to assist anyone who is delivering sport and physical activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment. This resource is all about helping sport providers to be VI friendly through their provision of activities, training, resources and support.

A View to the Future: A Guide for Parents/Carers and Teachers Leaflet - [Library Type]

Describes the services offered to VI children by GVIS in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

Arts in Wales and Visual Impairment Survey Report Report - [Library Type]

The present survey of arts and visual impairment complements work already done by WCB in the field of sport and leisure. Its purpose is to inform the planning of services and to encourage their improvement and expansion by identifying the ways in which visually impaired people currently make use of the arts, and the ways in which arts providers include visually impaired people.

Best Value: Services to People with a Visual Impairment Report - [Library Type]

Bridgend County Borough Council's participation in the Wales Evaluation Study on best value, via its pilot project on Service to People with Visual Impairment, affords the Council the opportunity to help develop the concept of Best Value and adopt a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of all services to people with a visual impairment. This approach is intended to lead to improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and economy for the user as well as ensuring equal and equitable access to services. Report conducted by BCBC with Wales Council for the Blind.

Bus Driver leaflet - myth buster! Leaflet - [Library Type]

Information produced by Bridgevis to give bus drivers an awareness of the issues faced by visually impaired people when trying to use bus services. (It is included in the Transport edition of Roundup, number 13 – Summer 2013, pages 8-9.)

Communications Report no. 2 - The Role of the Rehabilitation Worker Report - [Library Type]

This is the second in a series of reports highlighting the gaps in services providing access to I.C.T. for v.i. people. As explained in the first report, we are particularly anxious to examine what is available outside full-time education and employment.

Communications Report no. 3 - ICT for Visually Impaired People Report - [Library Type]

This is the third in a series of reports highlighting the gaps in services providing access to I.C.T. for v.i. people. The subject for this report was selected as we believe that this will prove useful in developing services across Wales. This is a field where changes are moving quickly and it is likely that improvements have been made. However, our recommendations will still apply to many authorities.

Gardening for people with sight loss (various publications) Book - [Library Type]

Thrive (the charity which encourages disabled people to enjoy gardening) have various publications about gardening for people with sight loss which can be purchased via their website. Topics covered include growing food and growing in containers.

Growing Up & Moving On Report - [Library Type]

Anecdotal evidence suggests that some young visually impaired (VI) people may have a good level of education but lack independence and life skills needed to move onto the next phase of their lives. Reports from some individuals reflect that there is a lack of information about services and entitlements, lack of skills training and lack of support. This report presents a picture of how VI specialist services are addressing the mobility, independent living and social skills needs of children and young people. It maps habilitation, specialist social work and LEA support across Wales.

In Sight: A review of the visual impairment sector Report - [Library Type]

The number of people that will experience some form of sight loss is set to double between now and 2050. Many doubt the capacity of the healthcare system to manage this surge in demand. Yet there does not seem to be any sense of crisis or urgency. Why is this? This report aims to do several things: highlight and explain potentially under-researched and underfunded issues in visual impairment; add to the debate surrounding visual impairment and draw out key themes; identify what works to tackle problems; and identify gaps in funding and opportunities for funders.

Information about vision impairment - Guide for parents Guidance - [Library Type]

A series of information resources on vision impairment for parents and carers of children and young people with a vision impairment.

Making an entrance: Colour, contrast and design of entrances to homes of people with sight loss Leaflet - [Library Type]

A checklist which has been prepared using views and experiences of visually impaired people, housing professionals, local authority officials, access consultants, architects and manufacturers. It pinpoints key areas which cause problems for visually impaired people when entering their homes and offers hints and tips on how to address these issues.

Making Independent Travellers - Mobility Service Leaflet - [Library Type]

Leaflet describing how the GVIS mobility service can help vi children in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

Motor Competence in Children and Young People with Visual Impairment Research paper - [Library Type]

Importantly, this project has identified that the amount of physical activity a CYP-VI engages in (as measured by PAEE) has a positive significant relationship with emotional state – that is, the child’s emotional wellbeing. This finding points to multiple positive future outcomes for engaging and maintaining CYP-VI within sport and physical activity environments. Similarly, data highlight that CYP-VI spend a substantial amount of their free time engaged in sedentary activities, which has been demonstrated in numerous populations to have negative effects upon health-related outcomes, quality of life, and even life expectancy.

National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People - Supplementary Guidance - Visual Impairment Guidance - [Library Type]

This supplementary guidance to the National Minimum Standards for Older People provides additional advice to inspectors when interpreting the relevant standards for visually impaired people.

Reading Sight Report Report - [Library Type]

The report has been developed to support all those working in library services to develop their knowledge and understanding of how best to support people with visual impairment and sight loss in their communities.

Reading with Confidence: a report on the provision of electronic pocket magnifiers for children with sight problems in Wales Report - [Library Type]

Visually impaired children and young people across Wales have access to The Low Vision Scheme which provides low vision aids, free of charge. There are 170 accredited high street optometrists and dispensing opticians located across Wales who offer low vision aid assessments free of charge. Under the scheme currently, only low tech low vision aids (such as optical magnifiers) are available. There is a growing concern that children and young people are not using their optical magnifiers, mainly because of their distasteful designs and limited magnification capabilities.

Roundup Newsletter - [Library Type]

Roundup is a quarterly newsletter produced by Wales Council of the Blind. It is distributed to over 1200 individuals and professionals working in the field of vision impairment.

Starting Point Guidance - [Library Type]

This leaflet has been written by a collaboration of organisations who support children and families. It will introduce you to the help and support you may want as the parents and carers of a child with a vision impairment.

State of the Nation – services for children and young people with sight loss in Wales Report - [Library Type]

The aim of this paper is to provide an update on the current state of services in Wales for children and young people with a vision impairment (CYPVI), to highlight areas of ongoing concern and to seek a way forward from the Welsh Government. A previous version of this paper was produced in March 2017.

Support for children and young people with vision impairment in educational settings Guidance - [Library Type]

This guide provides an overview of the extent to which interventions delivered in educational settings are effective in realising positive outcomes for children and young people with vision impairment. It was produced by the University of Birmingham.

Tennis Any Body Guidance - [Library Type]

This tennis resource, developed by the Tennis Federation now know under the LTA, helps players, coaches and tournament organisers support people with a visual impairment within tennis sessions and activities. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making tennis sessions accessible to the rules of VI tennis and understanding sight classifications. The resource also provides information on organisations who support the sport further.

The Certification and Registration Processes: Stages, barriers and delays Report - [Library Type]

Describes the process of getting a Certificate of Visual Impairment (VI), and related issues. Based on research in England, but findings are applicable tot he rest of the UK.

Top tips for Healthcare Professionals: Accessing care- the physical environment Leaflet - [Library Type]

Simple steps which health providers can take to enable visually impaired people to get around as independently as possible.

Top Tips for Taxi Drivers Leaflet - [Library Type]

Brief list which tells taxi drivers how to assist their vision impaired passengers (whether or not they are guide dog users).

Training Needs Analysis for the Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired People in Wales 2010 Research paper - [Library Type]

The introduction of the National Occupational Standards for Sensory Impairment Workers and the resulting Qualification Credit Framework will make it possible to measure the services provided by ROVIs and so establish a continuous professional development programme aimed at raising the standard of rehabilitation services available to visually impaired people in Wales.

Visually Impaired Boccia Guidance - [Library Type]

British Blind Sport has worked with Boccia England to develop an inclusive resource that will help to support more blind and partially sighted players to participate in boccia. The new resource teaches coaches how to include blind and partially sighted people in boccia and provides them with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently deliver visually impaired (VI) boccia in club, school, and community settings.

Visually Impaired Friendly Athletics Guidance - [Library Type]

This athletics resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in track, field and road-running activities. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making athletics sessions accessible to how to be a great guide runner. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.

Visually Impaired Friendly Football Guidance - [Library Type]

This football resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment on and around the football pitch. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making football sessions accessible to how to progress through the FA's pathways. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.

Visually Impaired Friendly Judo Guidance - [Library Type]

This judo resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in the judo environment. The extensive resource provides many recommendations on how to make judo sessions accessible and help VI participants comfortable in the environment. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.

Visually Impaired-Friendly Swimming- Guide for supporting vi adults & children in the pool Guidance - [Library Type]

This resource has been created with the specific purpose to assist anyone who is delivering swimming activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment. It is all about helping mainstream leisure providers to be VI friendly through their provision of training, resources and support.

When your partner becomes visually impaired - helpful insights & coping strategies Leaflet - [Library Type]

Help and advice for partners of vi people - some is specific to people in the States, but there is also information of more general interest.