Living Well with Sight Loss

The RNIB’s Living Well with Sight Loss phone course is being run in partnership with Vision North Somerset for North Somerset residents.

The course is open to those with sight loss as well as family members. The course is free and is run over 4 sessions.

To access the course, you will receive a phone call so all you need is either a landline or mobile phone. You can choose to join in on the phone call or just listen to the information.

The course is being run at 10:30am for no more than 1 hour 15 minutes on:

  • Wednesday 5th October
  • Wednesday 12th October
  • Wednesday 19th October
  • Wednesday 26th October

Course Content

Week 1 – Introduction:

  • What the course entails
  • Where to find information on specific eye conditions
  • Certification and Registration (Certificate of Visual Impairment, Role of Low Vision Service, Magnifiers, Lighting)
  • Role of Eye Care Liaison Officer, Rehabilitation Officer and RNIB Services.

Week 2 – In the Home:

  • Home Visits from a Rehabilitation Officer
  • Low vision aid equipment
  • Daily Living Aids at home including making drinks and preparing food, talking equipment, reading labels, reading equipment, RNIB catalogue.
  • Technology including accessibility settings, basic info on smart phones, recommended apps, smart speakers, etc.

Week 3 – Getting Out and About:

  • Mobility and Orientation,
  • Role of a Rehabilitation Officer in terms of helping with mobility, discussing white canes,
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind,
  • Public Transport,
  • Welfare Benefits and Legal Rights

Week 4 – Eye Health, Wellbeing, Leisure and Staying Connected:

  • How to look after our eyes
  • Charles Bonnet Syndrome
  • Sight Loss and Wellbeing
  • 5 steps to wellbeing (Connect with others, be physically and mentally active, learn new skills, give to others, be mindful)
  • RNIB Connect and Next Steps

To take part in the course please phone Vision North Somerset on 01934 419393 between 10am and 1pm Monday to Thursday and ask for Anna or Lori.

We’re Hiring! Peer Support Services Coordinator

About the role:

You would lead Vision North Somerset’s peer support services for people who are visually impaired. This will involve training and managing a small team of existing and new volunteers to effectively deliver services reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing.

Our Peer Support services currently include several telephone support groups, a small telephone and/or in-person befriending service and several face-to-face social groups around the county. We are particularly looking to grow and develop our social/ support groups into new areas and grow the befriending service, developing service parameters based on best practice.

About you:

You will be a caring, well organised person with the ability to develop and grow a team of volunteers in various service models. You will work closely with the CEO, other staff and local partners to plan and prioritise work developing and growing our peer support services.

This is an ideal opportunity for the right person to land a flexible, part-time, rewarding role in the charity sector. You might be looking to move up from an entry-level position in the charity sector, to get back to work after a gap or move to work locally in North Somerset rather than needing to commute.

While professional peer support, service delivery or volunteer management experience would be extremely helpful, we are open to candidates with transferable experience. We will provide training and induction as needed – you would need to be proactive, quick to learn and implement your knowledge. See our Person Specification below:

About us:

Vision North Somerset are a small but established local charity supporting around 1500 people with vision impairment and hearing impairment from our office base and across the county. We have recently appointed a new CEO and are at an exciting stage of development in our service offer and income streams. This role offers the chance to contribute to a great cause, working flexibly and gaining a range of service planning and delivery experience.

Practical bits:

You will be based at our office near the train station in Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset with regular homeworking and some flexible hours available by agreement with your manager.  You need to be able to regularly travel across the county.  If you have a disability this can be arranged via the Access to Work scheme.

This is a permanent role, currently funded by a mix of trusts.

Vision North Somerset strives to be diverse and inclusive a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We particularly encourage applications from people who have lived experience of sight loss or disability, who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic backgrounds and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+, who are currently underrepresented in our organisation.

Please forward a tailored CV and cover letter of no more than 1000 words detailing how you meet the requirements of this role. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying, please contact CEO Lauren Williams at Vision North Somerset on lauren.williams@visionns.org  

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th July.

Living with Sight Loss: Share your experience

Are you living with Sight Loss? How has the pandemic affected you? And what could we do to help? We’d love to hear from you!

Tell us more about your experiences so we can tailor our services to better support people living with Sight Loss in North Somerset.

If you’d like to have your say, or maybe get involved in future consultations with Vision North Somerset, please follow the link below to complete our survey on Microsoft Forms.

Click here to share your experience of living with sight loss during the pandemic.