Developing a new 3-year strategy

With Vision North Somerset’s current strategy ending in 2022 and having come through a challenging time, it seems right to develop a new strategy to take us through the next few years. We aim to be led by the needs of local people so we would love your input via our strategy survey and, if possible, workshops coming up in January 2023.

Come along to a workshop to share your thoughts on support for local people with sight or hearing impairment. Help Vision North Somerset plan its work for the next few years. This will be a fun, interactive workshop with a range of local health and care staff, volunteers and people with sight or hearing impairment.

Workshop options – pick one:

  • Central Portishead with good transport links – Tuesday 24th January, 1pm to 3pm.
  • Central Weston-super-Mare with good transport links – Wednesday 25th January, 10am to 12 noon.

As places are limited, please express your interest by email or phone 01934 419 393

Online surveys:

Our Autumn 2022 Newsletter

Find out what help is available with the Cost-of-Living Crisis, meet our new Peer Support Services Coordinator Claire, learn more about our services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, and see how you can get involved helping local visually impaired people.

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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.

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.