Newcastle Society for Blind People

Vision Support Workers 

This  service is a joint project working in partnership with Sight Service and has been funded for five years through the Big Lottery.

We have two Vision Support Workers : Judith Brown and Jacqui Smith. They are a part of a team providing high quality services, training and support to visually impaired people.

They enable sight impaired individuals to do for themselves those basic day to day tasks that they would otherwise have to ask another person to do for them.  Working for a set period of time (1 to 6 weeks) they will equip visually impaired people with information about the services, equipment, opportunities and training which is available locally and nationally and support the individual to greater independence, increased dignity and improved health and wellbeing. 

The outcomes are:

  • To help to reduce isolation by accessing a range of social, education and training activities to meet new people and  to learn new skills or try something new.
  • To improve health and wellbeing by providing information around training and support to be able to access and use a range of equipment and to assist with daily living skills in the home and within the community.
  • To provide advice and guidance on benefits, concessions and allowances.
  • To listen to what is important to the individual and to tailor a support plan to meet the identified needs.

 Jacqui and Judith work Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10-00 am to 4.00 pm