Visibility Scotland Groups & Courses
Visibility Scotland runs a wide range of groups and courses which are free to attend.
We run locally based Peer Support Groups where you can come along, chat to others living nearby, learn some new skills or just have a cup of tea! We also run Sensory Support Groups across Dumfries & Galloway, where a wide topic of issues are always up for discussion. You do not need to be registered blind or partially sighted to attend our courses – it is open to all age groups and you are welcome to bring along a family member, friend or carer.
We also run 6 Positive Outlook Courses every year. These three week courses are run in Glasgow and other local venues and aims to help people with sight loss by giving practical and emotional tips, helping you to train and develop your independence.
Positive Outlook Course
Visibility’s Positive Outlook Courses run six times a year. These three week courses take place in Glasgow and other local venues, and aim to help those with sight loss by giving practical and emotional tips to help enhance coping skills.
We cover issues that many people struggle with including daily living skills, helpful equipment, mobility tips, local activities and information about new technology and apps to make life easier.
You do not need to be registered blind or partially sighted to attend. Courses are open to all age groups and you are welcome to bring a family member or carer.
More Positive Outlook courses will be running later this year. If you would like to register your interest for a future course, then please call us on 0141 332 4632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visibility offer visual impairment awareness training to any person or organisation interested in learning the impact of living with a visual impairment on a daily basis. Visibility can tailor the training to suit your needs.
- Understanding the impact of different eye conditions.
- Registration process and benefits of being registered.
- Simulation glasses will show you the effect of eye conditions.
- Psychological and emotional impact of sight loss.
- What equipment can help someone with a visual impairment.
- How to communicate with a visually impaired person.
- Guiding techniques.
Living well with sight loss (funded by the RNIB)
These courses offer useful advice and information about living with sight loss. Anyone with a visual impairment can attend these courses.
The courses are delivered virtually, either by phone or Zoom.
Dumfries & Galloway Self-Management Course
This course is developed and facilitated with people with lived experience of sight loss and supported by Visibility Scotland staff. The course will provide practical and emotional tips to help enhance coping skills.
We cover issues that many people struggle with including daily living skills, helpful equipment, mobility tips, local activities, and information about new technology and apps to make life easier.
Online Community HUBs
Our online community HUBs run in blocks of seven weeks via Zoom or phone call and allow people with a visual impairment to come together to chat and share experiences, supported by Visibility Scotland.
Each week’s discussion will centre around a different topic, however the sessions are flexible and participants are encouraged to come with ideas or questions.
We are currently operating a waiting list for the next available sessions. If you’d like to register your interest, please get in touch by calling 0141 332 4632 or emailing email@example.com
Neurological Sight Loss Courses
Visibility Scotland offers information on living with sight loss for people who have visual difficulties due to a neurological condition such as: stroke, brain tumour, or an accident or injury to the brain which has affected the visual pathway.
People with these types of condition may experience some degree of visual field loss, which can include missing vision to the left or right, or indeed the upper or lower visual field. In addition, people with neurological sight loss may also experience some of the following:
- Memory loss
- Glare sensitivity
- Visual processing difficulties
- Loss of confidence when travelling
- Loss of mobility due to brain injury
Our experienced visual rehabilitation team offer regular online short courses for up to 4 people, where we can provide an insight into understanding and making adaptations to living with Neurological sight loss.
Each course consists of 3 sessions over 3 weeks followed up by an individual session for each participant where we can talk about the subjects you would like to know more about. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to the internet, you can join the sessions by telephone.
We adapt the programme to the needs of the group, but a typical course will look something like this:
Week1. An introduction to neurological sight loss and a chance for people to talk about their experiences if they wish
Week 2. Compensatory scanning strategies for mobility and reading. We will provide tips and advice for making the most of your vision.
Week 3. An introduction to accessible technology looking at smart phones and tablets in particular.
Week 4. Individual zoom meetings or phone calls