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Project information

Rehabilitation following sight loss

To speed up the transition from sight loss to coping by an early intervention rehabilitation programme. This is aimed at any ages. It looks to reduce mental health problems related to sight loss and also work with clients to develop skills to support normalising their disability

March 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Herts Vision Loss

Herts Vision Loss logo
  • Need


    It aims to target people as early as possible following diagnosis. This allows a speedy rehabilitation programme to be implemented. The aim of the project is to lead and support the service users with the changes and with their new life. It includes teaching new skills, supporting with employment and reducing social isolation.


    By offering counselling services which will tackle mental health issues, typically anxiety and depression as well as suicidal thoughts.
    By teaching practical skills and by using gadgets to help with every day tasks, for example computer software and cane techniques.
    Providing advocacy services to help with entitlements and adjustments to housing etc. By leading the service to new social clubs and activities. By supporting and facilitating new friendships.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To speed up the transition from the diagnosis of sight loss to "Normalisation"


    » Take early referrals from the hospitals, GPs, Sensory services or self referrals
    » Visit the client with 24 hours of referral to commence the programme

    What success will look like

    See all clients within 24 hours of diagnosis where possible
    Monitor and measure the length of time that the client is on the programme for
    Report performance to the committee

    Aim 2

    Reduce fear and anxiety


    » Provide dedicated counselling services for the individual
    » Introduce and facilitate the meeting of others and also include in social groups and events
    » Provide home visits to work through practical tasks
    » Work with the individual to identify kit/gadgets to support rehabilitation

    What success will look like

    Reduce the numbers of clients who experience the symptoms of anxiety and depression

    Aim 3

    Support the client in getting life back to normal


    » Provide education in schools/workplace for those who require it. This will help peers to understand the diagnosis and learn ways to support
    » Provide training required and work with workplace solutions to seek employment as required or suitable alternative employment should that be required
    » Work with the client to organise their residences in an appropriate fashion and in a way that supports normalisation

    What success will look like

    Baseline of what the client was achieving ahead of sight loss will be taken and a scoring system put in place for achievements within and after the programme

    Aim 4

    To support engagement with others and to reduce social isolation


    » Work with the individual to identify the relevant support and social groups that they will attend
    » Support in the initial stages of the support group

    What success will look like

    The service user will attend support groups and social events where possible

  • Impact


    It will reduce fear for those who are blind and who are going blind. Others will know about the service and will be assured that they will be supported through the transition which is reported to be one of the most traumatic experiences


    Lack of trained staff to deliver the programme - already begun to source staff
    Referrals from external sources are slow - begun an education programme and already deliver a hospital service which will enhance the roll out
    Demand outstrips capacity - waiting times to be monitored


    Regular correspondence via social media, email as well as in the monthly newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £57,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 ounselling services Counselling weekly for 20 clients
      £25,000 Rehabilitation officers Providing the dedicated programme for 10 clients each
      £7,400 Administrative costs Including equipment and courses etc
  • Background


    This will take place at the clients home as well the dedicated resource centres which are provided at Welwyn Garden City and Hemel Hempstead.
    Counselling will take place at on of the centres and the social groups are in a variety of location. Location can be chosen for ease.


    Any body with sudden on set of sigh loss.
    Any age
    Hertfordshire resident

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Already provide some of the services noted but not in a dedicated programme.
    Have good links
    Good dedicated and trained staff
    Good reputation

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joanna Carter

    Project leader

    Debra Lavington

    Communicationn lead