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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.

We offer advice, information, product demonstrations and rehabilitation support to help visually impaired people find new ways of dealing with the practical and emotional difficulties they may be experiencing as a result of their sight loss. 

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, enabling people to mobilise safely, maintain independent living skills and use a variety of communication methods. 

Low Vision Assessments 

The team also provides Low Vision Assessments (LVA) for people where full remediation of their visual function is not possible by the provision of conventional glasses, contact lenses or medical intervention. 

The LVA will enable the individual to maximise the use of their remaining vision in order to achieve and 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