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Vision Impairment Support

We have put together some useful information for children and young people with Vision Impairment.

National Support Organisations


Mentoring, transformational events, youth forums, parent support groups


Supports children and young adults from 0 to 29. Grants, support, advice, activities

Guide Dogs

Family events, family support, CustomEyes Books, Guide Dogs for children, Buddy dogs for children, Education support

RNIB Children and Young People

Advice, information, family events, workshops, digital books, RNIB connect online community

RSBC (Royal Society for Blind Children)

Families First support service, advice service, Live Life Go Further activities, Health and Wellbeing clubs.


Thomas Pocklington Trust

Support for college and university students, events, networks, employment advice, coaching, technology advice.



Information about eye care for people with learning disabilities and autism


Sight Advice FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about living with sight loss for parents and families


For children who have hearing and vision impairments (deafblind).  Information, advice, support, transition to adulthood, holidays, arts, sports and wellbeing programs.


Blind in Business

Career advice for year 9 onwards, technology advice, support with CVs, support at University.


Recorded messages from people with sight loss with hints, tips and news about living with a vision impairment

Sightline Directory

Searchable database of services for blind and partially sighted people

Local Support

Partially Sighted Society Havering

Supporting and representing the visually impaired community in Havering

Sight Action Havering

Support, advice, input into local and national strategies

London Vision

Supporting blind and partially sighted people who live, work and study in London

Queens Hospital Ophthalmology Department

Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions


Moorfields Hospital


diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions, information about eye health and eye conditions

Great Ormond Street Hospital Ophthalmology Department


Diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions, information about eye and related conditions.

Technology Support



Guide for people who are blind or have low vision. How to set up and use accessibility options

Vital tech


Advice and resources about assistive technology for blind and partially sighted people


My Computer My Way

Support to set up a computer for someone with a vision impairment

Vision Impairment and computing

Information about how technology can support people with a vision impairment


Technology Association of Visually Impaired People . Advice and information about technology solutions for people with a vision impairment.


Apple Accessibility: vision

How to use the accessibility features on iPads and iPhones


Tips and advice from a community of vision impaired Apple product users


Google Accessibility

How to set up the accessibility features when using google products


Support and information for Dolphin technology


Support and information for Humanware technology

Sport and Leisure

British Blind Sport

Helping blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport. Support for individuals and schools, activities.


Metro Blind Sport

London Based charity creating fun, accessible sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted individuals of all ages and abilities 

CEA Cinema Card

Allows a person with a vision impairment to get a complementary cinema ticket for someone to accompany them


Goalball UK

National organisation promoting this competitive team sport played without using vision.


The Amber Trust


Providing musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Free digital radio for anyone registered as blind or partially sighted, aged 8+ and in receipt of a means tested benefit


Custom Eyes Books

Large print children’s books

Calibre Audio

Free Audio books for anyone who is unable to read print


Postal lending library of children’s books in print braille or tactile formats

Living Paintings

Free Postal library of Touch to See books

RNIB Bookshare

Free downloadable digital books

Seeing Ear

Online library for anyone who cannot read print books

Havering Talking Newspaper

 Local news stories in audio format.


Download the Talking Newspaper app from the Google play or App store and select London / Havering Talking Newspaper.

Finance and Grants

VICTA Grants


Grants to support the purchase of equipment to help children who have a vision impairment

Guide Dogs Grants


Grants to support the purchase of assistive technology

TV Licence Concessions

If your child is registered as severely sight impaired (blind) then you can apply for 50% reduction in your TV licence

RNIB Personal Independence Payment Toolkit

Support to apply for Personal Independence Payments (aged 16 or older)


Advice on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims


Albinism Fellowship

Information advice and support for people with Albinism and their families

Alstrom Syndrome UK

Family support and resources

Aniridia Network

Supports people with anirida in the UK and Ireland

Bardet-Biedl Syndrome UK

Helping those with BBS and their families

Charge Family Support Group

Support network of individuals, parents, families and professionals

Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Support and financial help for families of children with retinoblastoma

Childhood Cataracts

Information, email group, events

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Support and information


The CVI Society

Support families of children with Cerebral Visual Impairment. Advice and support, training, raising awareness of CVI.


Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy

Support Group

Glaucoma UK

Providing help to everyone affected by glaucoma

Lebers Congenital Amaurosis Support Group

Support group for families affected by LCA

Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

Information and support for people affected by LHON

Macular Society

Support and advice, telephone counselling

Microphthalmia, Anopthalmia and Colboma Support (MACS)

Emotional support, financial assistance , national and regional social events, activity holidays

Nystagmus Network

Support and information

Optic Nerve and Septo Optic Dysplasia Support Group

Private Facebook group for families affected by ONH/SOD

Retina UK

Information and support

Retinopathy of Prematurity

Private Facebook group for families affected by retinopathy of prematurity

Stargardt’s Connected

Support and advice

Stickler Syndrome UK

Information , conferences and family days

Usher Syndrome

Support, inform, connect and advocate for children with Usher syndrome and their families


Information, support and advice for anyone affected by uveitis

Wolfram Syndrome UK

Advice and information

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