Referral Criteria for Visibility’s Services

Individuals being referred must have a visual impairment/significant sight loss but do not need to be registered blind or partially sighted.

MobilityProjects

Description

Geographical Area

Age

Specific Referral Criteria

BMobile

Mobility training and/or echolocation training to enhance current skills to increase confidence

West of Scotland

Under 16

+ Must have received statutory mobility training

+ Must be referred by education or social work

BMobile

As above

As above

 

16+

+ Must have received statutory mobility training

+ Can self refer but permission sought to discuss and liaise with Social Work

Falls

To provide advice and support to reduce risk of falls and mobility training to people to move around with more confidence

Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS area

N/A

+ Visually impaired or with significant sight loss

+ People who have fallen once or more in the past year

+ People who are fearful of falling

Sealladh

Training in compensatory scanning and mobility

Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Ayrshire NHS areas

16+

+ Acquired brain injury

+ Suspected or diagnosed sight loss (hemianopia, quadranopia or visual spatial neglect)

People can choose to purchase mobility and daily living skills training direct

West of Scotland

16+

+ Visual Impairment

+ Charge for the service

Support

Projects

Description

Geographical area

Age

Specific Referral Criteria

Mentoring

Linking people with trained visually impaired mentors who can provide telephone support

West of Scotland

16+

None

Self Directed Support /Personalisation

One to one service for practical support in the home or the community to support independence and build up networks.  This support is purchased by personalised budget from Social Work, Direct Payments or can be purchased with own funds

Currently available in North Lanarkshire, Glasgow , West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire but enquiries welcomed from any area.

16+

+ Visually impaired

+ Agreed budget and outcomes plan with Social Work

+ Direct Payments set up or

+ Managing own budget

+ Wishing to purchase services direct from Visibility

+ A self referral can be made by the individual by phoning 0141 332 4632

Supporting People

One to one support to agreed Care Plan to support independent living.  Support also available at time of transition.

North Lanarkshire, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire

16+

+ Care plan agreed with Social Work

+ Vacant hours available

Telefriend Support

Linked to a volunteer, the person provides regular telephone contact to reduce isolation

Dumfries and Galloway

16+

+ Feeling isolated and needing someone to talk to on a regular basis

Peer Support

Support groups are in a number of locations and are run by local people with the support of Visibility. 

Milngavie, Kirkintilloch, Oban, Helensburgh, Dunoon, Hamilton

There are also self run groups in Dumfries and Kilburnie

N/A

+ Groups open to family and friends who want to attend.

Positive Steps

A programme of four sessions run by Visibility staff and visually impaired volunteers which covers practical hints and tips for living with sight loss

Dumfries Welcome requests from other areas

N/A

+ Recently diagnosed with sight loss or someone who wants more support with daily living skills

Skills

Projects

Description

Geographical Area

Age

Specific Criteria

Go! Activities

A number of recreational activity groups which give people an opportunity to increase physical exercise or try a new skill

Open to anyone who can travel to Visibility offices for the classes or to a central point in Glasgow for activity sessions.

16+

+ visual impairment

+ Visibility does not provide free personal care for participants but carers and family are welcome to attend and provide support

New View

Training to support people with central vision loss to make the most of their vision by using eccentric fixation and steady eye strategy

West of Scotland

N/A

+ central vision loss (mainly Macular Degeneration but not exclusively)

Children & Family Projects

Little Explorers

A toddler group that gives children the opportunity to explore and play and parents the opportunity to meet and build relationships

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire

0 – school age

+ child with visual impairment or suspected sight issues

+ older siblings (under 5) are welcome to attend as well

+ all venues are fully accessible with children with additional needs

Children’s

Activities

A range of morning activities are held the third Sunday of every month.  Activities are chosen by the young people.

Can meet in centre of Glasgow to travel or at the venues which are across west of Scotland

8 – 16

+ child with visual impairment

+ friend or sibling can attend

BMobile (please see description on first page)

Under 16