Training for companies and organisations
On a day-to-day basis blind and partially sighted people come up against many barriers in life. Not only having information to hand in an accessible format such as large print, electronically via email or in audio or Braille, but also facing access issues when visiting cafés and bars, supermarkets and high street shops, as well as getting about and travelling on public transport.
With a bit of helpful advice and training in how best to meet and greet, communicate and guide a blind or partially sighted person this need not be the case.
Sight Support and Wiltshire Sight are able to offer visual awareness training to companies, public facing organisations or anyone interested in gaining greater confidence and knowledge of sight loss issues, and how best to provide a friendly, welcoming and accessible service to blind and partially sighted people.
We can tailor our Sight Loss Awareness courses to the needs of your audience. Topics which can be covered include:
- Identification of the main factors governing effective communication with blind and partially sighted people.
Recognising the main categories of visual impairment and understand their impact on access to information and mobility needs.
- Help to appreciate the personal experience of being visually impaired, and the barriers blind and partially sighted people can face in their daily lives.
- Guide Dogs: what they do, their relationship to their owner.
- How to guide a blind or partially sighted person appropriately, negotiating stairs, doors and chairs.
An introductory course generally runs up to 2 hours, and can accommodate up to 20 people.
“On behalf of my team can I just say we found your course immensely valuable. It really aided our understanding of visual impairments. Many thanks again.”
Roy Perret, Service Improvement & Development Manager, Wiltshire Police.
Training for Care Workers
We also offer our Looking Out 4 Sight course which has been developed specifically for care workers and other healthcare providers, to raise awareness of the impact of sight loss for residents and how support can be provided.
Research carried out by Wiltshire Sight in 2017 showed that 50% of residents within local care homes are visually impaired, yet 77% of care workers had never received visual awareness training.
In addition to topics outlined above, our Looking Out 4 Sight training covers focusses on how to support people with sight loss with daily living tasks, and how to increase independence of people in care with sight loss.
Following training at 14 care homes across the county:
- 94% of care workers agreed that it furthered their understanding of the needs of individuals in their care.
- 79% care homes reported an improvement in communication between staff and residents.
- 100% of care workers said they would recommend Sight Loss Awareness training.
“Very positive session, thank you. Our staff have shown a better awareness of sight loss issues and have adapted their practices with individuals in their daily lives."
Care Home Manager, Wiltshire