Anyone with a sight impairment can access the support given by EYECAN. The types of services and support that are provided include:
Advice & Support
Listening to you and helping you get what you need.
All of EYECAN’s community team are here to help and support people with sight impairment. A listening ear at the end of the phone with advice and practical support on a wide range of topics is offered. Both the advice and support is tailored to the person in receipt.
Where to go to get help, with referrals to other services.
Direct links to other services with expertise in an area or topic can be arranged by the Welfare and Advocacy worker. Signposting ensures that the right support is given by the right person.
How to get around safely at home and in the community.
One to one training with a qualified mobility instructor to increase confidence when moving around the home or other environments.
The service ranges from advice and information on simple techniques to a full orientation and mobility training with a long cane.
Sighted guiding training is also offered for family members or organisations working with people with a sight impairment.
Practical support to help people cope with sight loss.
The team at EYECAN can help support anyone from diagnosis with practical support rehabilitating and empowering them back in to Society.Practical support can be offered for tasks around the home or out in the community.
Helping you get the most out of technology, step by step.
Tailored support and lessons on computers, tablets, keyboards and touch typing for anyone with sight impairment. The support can be either in the comfort of the home or in our distraction free training room at our Westlea Centre.
Supporting you to explain what you need to who can help.
The Welfare and Advocacy Worker can ensure the correct support and provision is in place for someone with impaired sight. Sometimes that support may just be as a prompt at an appointment to make sure your questions are answered while other times it may be to empower you to explain how you need help and support.
Friendship, meals and activities in a homely environment.
The three EYECAN day centres are all held at Westlea Centre. They are aimed at anyone who has a sight impairment and create a chance for friendship and company outside of home. EYECAN has two traditional day centres with a cooked three course lunch and an activity based day centre where members are engaged with activities such as gardening.
Outing and interesting things to do.
Activities range from meals out to shows at the theatre. All of the activities are engaging and arranged to enable members, regardless of physical ability, to enjoy.
Making phones, computers and text accessible.
Hints, tips and tricks to make any form of communication accessible. The team at EYECAN are skilled at making communications as accessible at possible. Advice and support can be given over the phone or in person at Westlea Centre or at home.
Daily Living Advice
Equipment and skills to make life easier.
One on one sessions to help identify and enable people with impaired sight to be able to complete daily living tasks such as cooking, household chores or daily living skills in the community.
Bringing families together to enjoy fun activities.
Activities bringing together sight impaired children and their families. The activities range from boat rides to abseiling to activity days at Durrell. There is something for every child with no cost attached.
Getting in touch with other people with sight loss.
A way of meeting peers with impaired sight and getting advice and support on a peer level. The support groups enable members to communicate problems and find solutions from others who have been through the same situations.