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Help for people with a visual impairment

We provide support for visually impaired adults who live in the borough of St Helens.

The support team, which includes qualified Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired People (ROVIs), will assist you in achieving a range of outcomes based on your interests and needs. For example:

  • Access to leisure activities, hobbies, games and sports 
  • Access to voluntary societies for visually impaired people
  • Undertaking daily tasks such as cooking, making hot drinks, weighing and measuring
  • Overcoming problems of disorientation, which can result from reduced sight even in familiar places, indoors or out.

We can also help people learn new skills to adapt and cope with the effects of visual impairment, for example, maximising a person's mobility, maintaining independent living skills and using a variety of communication methods.

Low Vision Assessments

Where full remediation of a person's visual function is not possible by the provision of conventional glasses, contact lenses or medical intervention a Low Vision Assessment will be provided. 

The assessment (LVA) will help the person to maximise their remaining vision via the provision of aids, equipment and advice in order to maintain their independence.

How can I make a referral?

To make a referral to the Visual Impairment Team, please telephone Contact Cares on 01744 676767 between the hours of 8am and 10pm, Monday to Sunday, or email contactcares@sthelens.gov.uk.

Contact us

For general enquiries, please contact the St Helens Rehabilitation Centre using the contact details below:

1st Floor, Millennium Centre
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1HJ

01744 675129