Course in Peterborough will help blind people regain independence

A Living with Sight Loss course will help local blind and partially sighted people to regain their confidence and independence.

Saturday, 7th March 2020, 5:00 am
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Run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the course will take place at RNIB’s office in Midgate House, Peterborough, from 10am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 24.

The two day course will provide information, advice and practical skills for anyone who has sight loss, as well as their family and friends.

The sessions will provide advice on a range of everyday skills, such as getting out and about and using assistive technology, as well as providing information about welfare rights and other topics.

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Andy Westley (66) from Peterborough, who attended the course previously, said: “I felt six foot taller than when I arrived at the course and it helped me understand my condition and come to terms with the fact that I am visually impaired. I could focus on being me again.

“It gave me the courage to get back to doing things I enjoy with much greater confidence. And in talking to others with similar challenges, I didn’t feel so isolated and alone with the situation.”

Andy lost his leg and had been using his wheelchair because it had been easier to use than trying to navigate with the cane. Since going on the course, it has made a huge difference to his family as he is less reliant on them for help and now doing more fun things together. Andy added: “I now walk half a mile to the bus stop with my cane, catch the bus and socialise independently. It’s brilliant!”

Bernie Reddington, RNIB confidence building coordinator for the East of England, said: “Losing your sight doesn’t mean losing your independence. Our courses are about improving social inclusion, boosting confidence and learning new skills and techniques to deal with sight loss in order to live independently. And you’ll also get the chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations which can be hugely beneficial.

“The Living with Sight Loss course is available to anyone with sight loss. Friends and family are also welcome to attend as we appreciate that losing your sight can affect all aspects of a person’s life, as well as having an impact on those closest to them.”

Phone groups covering similar topics are also available for those unable to attend a course in person.

Places for all courses are free but must be booked in advance by calling 0300 123 3933 or emailing [email protected]