Wakefield District Sight Aid has been supporting visually impaired people in our community for 150 years. Our skills, experience, and proven track record mean we have the specialist knowledge to provide training that will help your organisation to:
- Better identify someone who is living with sight loss
- Understand the various types of eye conditions and how these might manifest themselves
- Increase your team’s knowledge of how other health conditions can lead to sight loss (e.g. diabetes, stroke)
- Empathise better with people who are living with sight loss
- Make simple adjustments to help make life easier for visually impaired people visiting your organisation
- Improve your team’s confidence in providing excellent customer service for visually impaired people
Our awareness sessions are practical and engaging, aimed at helping people understand the needs and concerns of people with a visual impairment. The course content delivered on the day will of course be specifically tailored to meet your needs and current levels of knowledge. We are flexible and can offer anything from informal one hour sessions to more structured full day training.
Our sessions can cover any or all of the following core topics:
- Key information and statistics on sight loss in the UK, and locally
- An overview of the most common eye conditions and other health conditions that can have an impact on sight loss
- Challenging visual impairment stereotypes and misconceptions
- The emotional impacts of sight loss
- How to make simple adaptations to your environment and/or your own behaviour to help support a visually impaired person better and improve their experience
- The support that Wakefield District Sight Aid (and other agencies, where appropriate) can offer, and how to refer into these services
We are thrilled to be one of the first organisations in the country to be granted a licence to deliver training using the innovative EYEWARE app, developed by RNIB, which uses the very latest Augmented Reality technology to give users a representative and accurate experience of the most common eye conditions in various stages of development. This training can therefore be offered as a valuable supplement to the core topics listed above. Our licence permits us to train groups of up to 12 people at a time, which ensures that all course participants are able to fully experience EYEWARE and get the most out of the session.
At a recent session we delivered to a large GP surgery in Knottingley, all the participants scored the course content as good or excellent, and all said they would recommend the course to others.
The Practice Manager said: "We found the session fantastic, the videos and the content used reached all staff, was highly informative and interesting. All staff came away having learned something with a much greater understanding of people living with visual impairment."
Please contact us to discuss your needs and budget. We are looking forward to working with you!