Birmingham Vision works in partnership with other organisations to provide a range of services to the visually impaired community in the city. This includes an Eye Clinic Liaison service in several local eye clinics, a rehabilitation service as well as a number of community based groups. We actively support groups or individuals in the sight loss community who want to participate in leisure or sporting opportunities.
Birmingham Vision employs Eye Clinic Liaison Officers at Ophthalmology departments in several local hospitals. You may be referred to an ECLO after you have been diagnosed or your sight deteriorates. The ECLO will listen and support you, they may recommend organisations or groups that provide regular support, interaction and encourage independence. They can advise about coping at home or out and about, and any employment or money concerns. Eye clinic staff may refer you to an ECLO, or you can ask to see one.
The rehabilitation service aims to work with visually impaired people to enable them to retain or regain their independence at a pace appropriate for their needs. This includes orientation and mobility training, daily living and communication skills. We are passionate about empowering individuals to fulfil their desired potential.
One of our aims is to engage with a wider range of ethnic groups and create relevant services appropriate to cultural, language and religious values. We have a number of established groups in the city including a ladies only group and an English as a second language group. We also provide one to one support at a preferred location to encourage & build confidence and engage you in the local community.
Birmingham Vision offers sight loss awareness training to other organisations. If you work with people with sight loss and would like to know more about eye conditions or you would like information on accessibility, please get in touch.
Birmingham Vision actively supports blind and partially sighted people to access local sports and recreational activities. Currently Birmingham Vision supports a local Goalball team and have organised a number of leisure outings and taster days including blind football, athletics, yoga, acoustic shooting, go-karting, driving experience days, trips to the theatre as well as short breaks.