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Seeing the Pathway to Employment Project

Feb 8, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Seeing the Pathway to Employment Project

Open Sight have been successful in securing funding from the Solent Community Grants Programme for this project.

The 12 month project involves working with 10 visually impaired (or dual sensory loss) participants who are currently unemployed or who are not currently looking for work (inactive) and through a series of interventions to endeavor to move these individuals closer to the employment marketplace.

  • This project is funded from the Solent Community Grants Programme, the European Social Fund, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Foundation donors, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council and is administered by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation.
  • The Solent Community Grants Programme essentially is looking to increase the prospects of those unemployed and economically inactive individuals who may be facing complex barriers to employment who live in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area.

Often people who become visually impaired also become isolated, they can lose confidence in themselves and what they have to offer to potential employers and the wider community in which they live.
The aim of the Open Sight Seeing the Pathway to Employment Project is to try and address this specific area and through a suite of interventions to help those participants to recognise the skills and value they have to offer and see a pathway to begin thinking about returning to work and searching for a job, or find work in a supportive environment as a volunteer or learn a new skill, or undertake further education or training with a view to returning to work, perhaps for the first time.

The programme offers participants:

  • 10 individual interventions consisting of 3 one-to-one meetings with an assigned caseworker
  • 4 interventions with a trained Qualified Reablement Officer to build confidence with the participant as required and then undertake a series of journeys along the pathway to employment
  • 3 further interventions with an Open Sight registered volunteer to undertake 3 of the same journeys above as appropriate.
  • Each participant will receive on average up to 20 hours of professional intervention over a period of some 4-6 months (will vary on a case by case basis)
  • as well as on-going telephone support throughout that period.

The programme and interventions will focus on:

  • confidence  building
  • motivation
  • social integration
  • personal development
  • goals to allow participants to move closer to the employment marketplace or further education and up-skilling.

Additionally, as appropriate, Open Sight can engage with   employers about potential adjustments in the workplace, help to identify government grants and other sources of funding to pay for any new resources required.

The project is open to:

  • all visual impaired (or dual sensory loss) people
  • aged 18 to 60
  • unemployed (looking for work) or inactive (not looking for work)
  • living in the area of Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Hayling Island.

There must be a commitment from each participant to not only join the project but actively work with Open Sight, achieve their goals to their best ability and finish the programme.

To find out more about this exciting project, please contact us here at Open Sight:

Jane Beesley, Project Manager
Telephone 023 8064 1244


Main Open Sight Office:
Telephone 023 8064 1244


Sight Loss Information & Equipment Day Event – Portsmouth

Jan 11, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Sight Loss Information & Equipment Day Event – Portsmouth

We will be holding the next of our ever popular Equipment and Information Day
in Portsmouth on Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Open Sight Independent Living Advisors and Equipment Demonstrators will have their latest low vision aids and daily living equipment for demonstration. This is a great opportunity for you or someone you know to come along and find out information and advice about the services in the Eastleigh area.

Exhibitors include:
Pamtrad, Optima and Associated Optical for magnification ideas,
Sight and Sound and Dolphin for computer solutions,
Synapptic for mobile phones and Professional Vision Services for assistive devices.
OrCam and Open Sight will be showcasing the innovative personal ‘reading’ device.
Also attending will be the MD Society, Action for Blind People, Torch Trust and Vision Hotels.
For further details, call Pam on 023 8064 6380.

Nearest parking is at the Isambard Brunel multi-storey, Alec Rose Lane, Portsmouth, Po1 2BX. (Approx. 180 yards)


200 Club 6th Draw

Jan 9, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  Comments Off on 200 Club 6th Draw

We are pleased to announce that the sixth draw of Open Sight 200 Club
took place on Monday 9th January 2017.
Congratulations to Brenda Murray (number 49) who is the lucky winner.

Office Closed

Dec 21, 2016   //   by admin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Office Closed

Open Sight office will be closed between Christmas and New Year.

We’ll be back in the office from 8:30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Happy Christmas to everyone.

Crowdfunding Campaign to Support Families

Dec 21, 2016   //   by admin   //   Get Involved, News  //  Comments Off on Crowdfunding Campaign to Support Families

We have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support Open Sight Family Service that cost more than £25,000 per year.

Open Sight doesn’t receive any statutory funding for the service and relies on private donation and fundraising efforts only.

Visit the campaign website to find out more.

We need to raise 15,000 pounds more for this  cause and would be grateful for any contributions to make this happen, no matter how small.

Can you imagine waking up every day and not being able to see this fascinating world we live in and all that this encompasses, something we are all inclined to take for granted?

Our Family Support Officer can offer support to the whole family regardless of which member has sight loss.

We recognise that you can feel very isolated when you are supporting a family member with their sight loss. You may recognise that there is help and support for them but you are left feeling at a loss in some way.

Our Family Support Officer can offer advice, information and guidance on a variety of family matters.

We can advise about the correct benefits that you and your family are entitled to and support you to apply for Attendance Allowance and Personal Independent Payment. We can help you apply for a grant to help to cover the cost of equipment or to have a holiday.


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