Family support service

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

Supporting a family member with sight loss can make you feel very isolated. You may be aware that there is help and support available for them, but you are left feeling at a loss in some way. This is where Open Sight can help.

Our Family Support Officer, Jenny Collins, can offer a listening ear and provide advice, information and support to you on a variety of matters.

Jenny can advise about the correct benefits that you and your family are entitled to and support you to apply for Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independent Payment.

She can help you apply for a grant to help to cover the cost of equipment or to have a holiday.

She can help you get in touch with others in a similar situation and can organise events to bring people together. These can range from a small get together to an all day activity. Jenny can also signpost you to other organisations that offer a variety of activities and holiday schemes.

As our family support officer, Jenny can also signpost you to other organisations that may be able to support you, like Children and Adult Services and the Education Authority.

At Open Sight we are here to support the whole family.

If you would like to speak to Jenny, please call her on 02380 646 382 or go to our Contact us  page.  To receive details of upcoming events in your local area, please sign join our mailing list.

Family Fun Day 2017

Open Sight and Hampshire County Council’s Specialist Teachers Advisers, Visual Impairment Team, are pleased to invite you to a Family Event at Staunton Country Park on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The event is open to children aged 0-16 with a visual impairment and if there are enough spaces available, their siblings are very welcome too.

For more information visit our Events page.

What a GREAT day out we all had on Saturday! The weather was kind and all activities fully engaged my little girl. It was great to come to something so active and fun and it certainly developed some skills and confidence along the way. THANK YOU to all who organised, helped and supported the day.” Attendee of Open Sight’s Family Day

Family Matters Newsletters

Useful family support links:

Contact a Family – provide support for the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability www.cafamily.org.uk

Actionnaires – provide activities for blind and visually impaired children and young adults from 0-16 and 16+ www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/actionnaires

Parent Voice – a Hampshire wide network of parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs aged 0-19 www.parentvoice.info

Blind Children UK www.blindchildrenuk.org