Useful Links

Vision of the Past:

To  visit our Vision of the Past website please go to

Eye health and eye conditions:

For more information on Eye Health:

Macular Society

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Society

Diabetic Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF)

Useful services for VIPs:

Living Paintings Touch to See Book Clubs – FREE Service

Are you involved in a group of blind and partially sighted people who meet regularly or would you like to be?

Touch to see Book Clubs is Living Paintings new initiative that is designed to support the bringing together of blind and partially sighted people within their own community to enjoy interesting, stimulating and fun subjects. We want to provide new opportunities for social activities that will improve their quality of life. Joining our library is free and individuals of all ages can also become members.

It’s simple and easy to do just visit our website and click on ‘Get Started – Become a Member’ on our homepage:  or call 01635 299771

There are three schools in Hampshire that have a resource base for children with a visual impairment. They are staffed by a Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment (QTVI) and Learning Support Assistants who specialise in VI:
There are two primary schools.  Kings Copse School
and Great Binfields School are for primary aged children and The Toynbee school is for senior aged children.

Hampshire County Council Library Services have a range of services for visually impaired people, follow this link to find out more information:

  • Talking Newspapers

There are a number of Talking Newspaper services in Hampshire including:

To find your local talking newspaper service go to:

Concessions for VIPs:

TV Licensing offer discounts for visually impaired people, click here for more information.

Independent living equipment, low vision and magnification equipment:

Enhanced Vision:

Professional Vision:

Sight and Sound:



Volunteering organisations: – Volunteering Made Easy

Third Sector Volunteering – deals specifically with attracting skilled volunteers to help out your organisation

Family Support Links:

Contact a Family – provide support for the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability

Actionnaires – provide activities for blind and visually impaired children and young adults from 0-16 and 16+

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

Blind Children UK

Support Planning:

Open Sight is one of the partners in a Support Planning Partnership. This Partnership provides support to people who want to choose and control their own personal support whether by paying for the service themselves or by using a direct payment.  The partnership includes local organisations with experience and knowledge in direct payments, self-directed support and self-funding of services. We have a range of specialist knowledge and expertise.  

For more information please visit 


Open Sight and the UK Vision Strategy:

Open Sight is actively supporting Hampshire in ensuring fully coordinated local implementation of the UK Vision Strategy.

The UK Vision Strategy sets out a framework for the development of eye health and sight loss services. In addition, it addresses widespread ignorance regarding eye care and the impact of sight loss.

The UK Vision Strategy aims to:
● improve the eye health of the people of the UK
● eliminate avoidable sight loss and deliver excellent support to those with vision impairment
● enhance the inclusion, participation and independence of blind and partially sighted people

To read more: UK Vision Strategy

To view our Financial Statements please select the link below:

Financial Report Year Ended 31 March 2011

Financial Report Year Ended 31 March 2012