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Services Roadshow

to Health Trusts

  • Overview/Presentations
  • Health & Social Care
  • Health Trust presentation
  • Specialist Services
  • Business Development
  • Accessible Media
  • Guide Dogs presentation
  • Discussion & Close
rnib ni mission
RNIB NI Mission

'For Northern Ireland to be the best place in the world for blind and partially sighted people to live'

  • 52,000 people living with sight loss in NI
  • 17 services
  • £3 Million spend in NI
  • 7 bases (Belfast x 2, Coleraine, Omagh, Londonderry, Lisburn, Share Centre)
  • Fundraising/Volunteering/Transcriptionreport to Head Office
  • 80 staff
  • 277 volunteers
organisational structure
Organisational Structure

+ Fundraising & Accessible Media

the vision strategy ni
The Vision Strategy NI
  • Strategic aims of the UK Vision Strategy:- Prevention of avoidable sight loss- Supporting Independent Living- Creating an Inclusive Society
  • 7 NI Government Departments (DE, DEL, DHSSPS, DCAL, DSD, DRD, OFMDFM)
  • Full Ministerial support
the vision strategy ni cont d
The Vision Strategy NI (cont'd)
  • Vision Strategy Implementation Group (Senior Civil Servants)
  • 6 Priority Action Groups (PAGs)
  • All Party Assembly Group on Visual Impairment
  • Currently in Year 3
priority actions
Priority Actions

1. Ending Preventable Sight Loss

2. Accessible Information

3. Equal Educational Attainment

4. Maximising Employment

5. Maximising Independence

6. Ending Exclusion

key vision strategy successes to date
Key Vision Strategy Successes to Date
  • Wet AMD Treatment Success
  • Accessible Elections
  • Central Education Resource
  • 40 blind and partially sighted people into work
  • Universal ECLO
  • React Navigation System in Lisburn, Belfast & Share Centre, Lisnaskea
  • ECLO - Eye Care Liaison Service
  • CVC - Community Vision Coordinators
  • Activity Programmes - 3 locations

( Belfast / Coleraine / Omagh )

  • Community Access Service
  • VAT - Visual Awareness Training
  • Promotion of Eye Health /Prevention of sight loss
eclo 3000 patients per year
ECLO (3000 patients per year)
  • Provides interface between hospital sector /sensory support/ community
  • Helps patients understand eye conditions and their effects
  • Provides emotional support
  • Ensures understanding of medication compliance
  • Refer/signpost on to relevant services
cvc and activity service
CVC and Activity Service
  • Work in partnership with sensory support staff in the delivery of reablement services, to improve an individuals quality of life
  • Deliver individual and group support
  • Promote independence and peer support through confidence building
  • Encourage full participation in society
  • Facilitate social peer mentoring groups
visual awareness training
Visual Awareness Training
  • All staff in Health & Social Care team trained to deliver Visual Awareness Training
  • All training co-delivered with someone living with sight loss
  • Vital to success of ECLO service in hospital setting and community optomotrists
  • Training about to be OCN accredited
eye health prevention
Eye Health/Prevention
  • All staff actively promote eye health/prevention message
  • Work in partnership with other agencies

- in particular long term health conditions to promote eye health and prevention of sight loss - for example, diabetes, stroke

  • Current Community Engagement Project running in West Belfast

Link to ECLO DVD

rnib ni specialist services
RNIB NI Specialist Services
  • Children and Youth Service
  • Campaigns and Benefits Service
  • Technology and Employment Service
children youth service
Children & Youth Service
  • The RNIB Children & Youth Service provides support for children and young people (0-25 years old) and their families
  • Support includes:- Signposting and advice- Family Activities- Projects
  • Family Support Services (Northern Trust area & Wraparound Project, Southern Trust)
  • RNIB Youth Service/Eye Matter
  • Share Centre Chalet
  • Eye Wise (Programme for Schools)
  • Education Pilot Project
family support service northern southern hsct areas
Family Support Service (Northern & Southern HSCT areas)
  • Parent Education & Support
  • Activity Days, Family weekends
  • Signposting, Advocacy & Advice
  • Work in partnership with Health and Education Services
  • Projects in partnership with Angel Eyes NI
youth service eye matter
Youth Service/Eye Matter
  • For young people (11-25 years old)
  • Confidence building, Activities & Residentials
  • Training e.g. OCN2 Youth Work, Duke of Edinburgh Award, ICT, Employment
  • Saturday Football Club for blind and partially sighted children and young people
  • Partner on Hub Youth Inclusion Project with Mencap & NIDYA
share centre chalet
Share Centre Chalet
  • Available for Blind and Partially Sighted people to rent at a reduced rate
  • Newly refurbished
  • Sleeps up to 14 people
  • Activities at Share include:
    • Water Sports
    • Boat Trips & Orienteering
    • Indoor and Out Door Climbing Walls Art/Pottery/T-Shirt Making

Add Youth Service footage

eye wise programme for schools
Eye Wise (Programme for Schools)
  • Eye Health and Basic Visual awareness Training for school children
  • Practical
  • By request for schools and youth groups
education pilot project
Education Pilot Project

Loan Library for Vision Support Teachers

  • ‘Try Before you Buy’
  • Equipment Includes CCTV Magnifiers
  • Daisy Players, ZoomText, JAWS

Training & Information Days

  • Technology Training for Vision Support Teachers
  • Parents Information Days - ICT, Mobility & Life Skills & Transitions/Employment
  • Guide Dogs Assoc. & RNIB Partnership
benefits service
Benefits Service
  • Combines intimate knowledge of benefits system with understanding of visual impairment
  • Full checks or specific enquiries
  • Telephone or face to face
  • £1.5m for clients each year
  • Available to any blind or partially sighted person or their carer in NI
  • No external funding
  • Currently internal referrals only
rnib benefits service case study
RNIB Benefits Service Case Study
  • Client is referred to Benefits Service by one of our Community Vision Co-ordinators
  • Entitlement check indicates eligibility for additional benefits, which we help her apply for
  • Result: increase in income; also full Housing Benefit award and so no more rates to pay
  • As the client was awarded Pension Credit we applied for a Community Care Grant and again she was successful
  • She was able to purchase her first new bed in 37 years and also a new washing machine
campaigning for change
Campaigning for Change
  • Through Vision Strategy Action Groups
  • Through Supporter Events
lisburn in focus
Lisburn in Focus
  • 5 year, Lottery funded
  • Lisburn Council Area to be Model of Excellence
  • Home Security
  • Visual Awareness Training
  • Accessible Information Training
  • Inclusive Social and Cultural Events
  • Navigational Infrastructure



Employment Service

technology employment service
Technology & Employment Service

Our aim is to help blind and partially sighted people:

  • to become more employable
  • to find jobs

- who are already in employment, to keep their jobs

technology employment service38
Technology & Employment Service

Becoming more employable

  • Training to use access technology needed in the workplace
  • Gaining accredited qualifications (eg ECDL & CLAIT)
  • Work placement

Finding a job

  • Career guidance
  • Designing a CV and filling in application forms
  • Interview preparation
  • Job searching

Keeping a job

  • Employment assessment
  • Technology assessment and onsite/offsite training
  • Workplace mentoring

Eyematter DVD - link

technology employment service39
Technology & Employment Service

Meet Paul Gracey!

  • Prior to RNIB involvement
  • Through assistance from Technology and Employment
sensory engagement project sep
Sensory Engagement Project (SEP)

SEP is a new cross-border project with two strands:

1. Active Citizens - providing IT and confidence building training to people with sight and hearing loss

2. Models of Excellence - working with libraries, colleges and banks to ensure their services are accessible to people with sight and/or hearing loss

Funded through the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the SEUPB

who s involved
Who's involved?
  • The project is a partnership between four organisations: - RNIB (lead partner) - RNID- NCBI- DeafHear
  • The focus is on cross border areas and Greater Belfast is not included
special projects46
Special Projects
  • A Sense of The Past: A Social History of Blindness in NI - Book, Talking Book, Exhibitions
  • Audio Description in Sport - Soccer Sight established. Plans for GAA, Rugby and Ice Hockey
  • International Projects - Christian Blind Mission - planned prevention and sight saving project in Asia/Africa
  • Gambia Education Project
gambia education project
Gambia Education Project
  • £400K Project over 3 years, to integrate VI children into mainstream education
  • Partners RNIB NI, GOVI, Children in Crossfire, Gambian Education Department
gambia project rnib ni s role
Gambia Project - RNIB NI's Role
  • Setting up Technology Education Centre in GOVI School for the Blind
  • Training Gambian Teachers and Resource Centre staff in NI
  • VIVID Programme - young VI people to do 3 month volunteer work placements in Gambia

Footage from Gambia - INSERT LINK

what we do
What we Do
  • Finance Department
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteers
  • Public Relations
  • Resource Centre / Retail
resource centre
Resource Centre
  • Benefits of shopping with RNIB NI
    • Supporting local RNIB services
    • Customer service
    • Repair service
  • Outreach

Accessible Media

  • Commercial work to help fund service
  • 2 - 5 day turnaround, cost effective
  • Convert pdf, MS Word or hard copy to:

- Audio CD- mp3- cassette or DAISY CD-Digital Accessible Information SYstem

- Braille or large print hard copy

accessible media
Accessible Media
  • Structured MS Word documents for web
  • Produce NI Talking Books- seeking sponsorship for titles
  • Pool of over 70 volunteer readers- new volunteers are always welcome