Our knowledgeable Vision Support Officers provide confidence building activities to support your journey to independence.
We facilitate Peer Support networks and have a growing telephone befriending network to offer regular chats with people who understand sensory loss. There are several independent groups active across both South Tyneside and Gateshead who organise a range of social and informative activities and we regularly introduce people who are looking for new social opportunities.
The Team can advise on employment opportunities, either to remain in existing employment and identify what support is available or help you find a new job or volunteering opportunity. We can advise individuals and employers about what support and resources are available through Access to Work and support individual grant applications for assistive technology.
We are working closely with colleagues delivering Children’s Services to improve the transition period into Adult Services. We recognise that this is an exciting and challenging time for young people and their families and we want to work with other organisations to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.
Our Vision Support Officers have become digital experts, helping people stay connected during the pandemic and access essential services online. To compliment this work, the Team have established a assistive technology lending library and a resource pack to help you stay safe on line