Pathway to Employment


If you are visually impaired (or have dual sensory loss)  are between the ages of 16 and 60 and are looking for a path into employment, Open Sight may be able to help you.

The Project

Often people who become visually impaired also become isolated, you can lose confidence in yourself and what you 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 participants  recognise the skills and value they have to offer and take steps along the pathway to learning new skills, returning to work, becoming self-employed, finding work as a volunteer, or undertake further education or training.

The 12 month project involves working with 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.

Our Funding

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

The Pathway to Employment 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 programme

The programme will include individual and group work with participants, focusing on:

  • confidence  building
  • motivation
  • social integration
  • personal development
  • Job search skills
  • Application and interview skills
  • other individualised goals enabling a participant to move closer to the employment marketplace or further education  if this is their chosen path

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.

What’s involved:

Working in partnership with Morgan Duell Associates HR and Coaching Services, participants will receive:

  • 10 individual interventions consisting of 3 one-to-one meetings with an assigned caseworker, or recruitment expert.
  • 4 interventions with a trained Qualified coach 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 and online support throughout that period.
  • Access to Employment Support Portal, containing valuable resources and advice (from August 2018)

Who can participate:

  • 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.

Future Funding

Due to the success of this project, Open Sight are hoping to extend the project in order to support further participants. As such we are currently seeking business sponsors to support us in this work

For more information, please contact

Jane Beesley, Project Manager
Telephone 023 8064 1244


Main Open Sight Office:
Telephone 023 8064 1244