Our services include:-
The Social Room
This is a telephone and online service enabling local people with sight loss to socialise, support each other and take part in various activities. We have various phone-based groups running throughout the week. There is a sociable chat group, a wellbeing group, fun and games sessions, an exercise session and a literature session. We also run a weekly Zoom group with different themes each week and regular guest speakers.
New group members are welcome, just phone Lucy on 07458 302903 to sign up. Once you’ve signed up, dialling in is simple, just dial a standard phone number, then enter the room number when prompted. In the case of the Zoom group, we will share a joining link with you, or a phone number if you would rather dial in. We can provide joining instructions in an accessible format to suit you. In some instances we may be able to dial you in, so all you need to do is pick up the phone when it rings at the session starting time.
Home Visiting Service
Our new Home Visiting Service is for people who want someone to come around visit them on a regular basis. There are many reasons why people like this option, and volunteers are matched with everyone who receives the service.
Technology and You support
Technology and You support sessions are available to anybody seeking help with things like their phone, or something more technical. We take a very wide view as to what counts as technology, and this includes clocks, radios and timers. The aim is to be practical, and work around what the person needs help with.
Sight Loss Information and Equipment
Our Sight Loss Information and Equipment Service is for people who need help to find ways of doing things differently. There are all sorts of helpful pieces of equipment and gadgets that can help people to continue doing things for themselves.
Social Groups and events
We run Social Groups, where people with sight loss can meet regularly, have a cuppa and chat, enjoy a quiz, and games. Sometimes, groups go out for a meal. We provide events for children with sight loss jointly with staff at Calderdale Council, like percussion workshops, Xmas parties, and groupwork for young people. We operate one-off activities and day trips, for instance, ten pin bowling, or to Millstones of Harrogate. The Local Eating Out (LEO) group goes out to local eateries every month to enjoy a decent evening, review the service, and in the process, gently help restaurants to work with people who have sight loss.
We hope to soon roll out a two day training course for adults with sight loss, and sometimes family members. This course will help people understand more about support available, and time-saving solutions you can just take a way, and get on with life
Engaging with the local community
We engage with town planners, and campaign for changes to improve the local environment for people with sight loss, highlighting difficulties for example, the use of blended steps in the Piece Hall.
We publish a quarterly newsletter for all members, and supply local with it, so the people we work with know what activities are coming up
Get in touch
We provide services to people living throughout Calderdale. Whilst we will ask about your sight loss registration, you do not have to have to be officially registered to access our services. We work closely with other professionals at Calderdale Council and local eye clinics. You can ask them to refer you to our service, or alternatively, you can contact us. We are here to help, so please get in touch.