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Royal Society for Blind Children

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Organisation Details

Description of activity

The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) offers a range of free services for vision impaired children and young people, and their families.

1. RSBC Live Life, Go Further Programme

The RSBC Live Life Go Further programme includes a wide range of fun activities for vision impaired young people aged 8-25 that are delivered across England and Wales, all of which contribute to reducing isolation, building friendship groups, and learning new skills. Activities run throughout the year, with additional sessions during school holiday periods.
We work in partnership with local organisations across the country to help everyone find something that interests them in their area. Sessions are delivered face-to-face and online.
We’re always adding new activities to our Live Life Go Further programme but here are some recent examples:
- Health and Wellbeing activities including sports, fitness workouts, cookery and healthy living workshops.
- Social and Independence activities including Supper Squad, Audiobook club and Sisterhood (for young women and girls)
- Creative and music sessions
- Assistive Technology (for both Parents and Young People) and gaming sessions

2. RSBC Families First

RSBC offers emotional and practical support for any family with a vision impaired child between the ages of 0-25.
A diagnosis of vision impairment can be challenging for the whole family. The implications can be varied and significant, and many families may want some support to help them manage.

RSBC Families First is here to help. We have an experienced team of Family Practitioners across England and Wales who offer support based on each family’s needs.

Support can be accessed whenever it is needed but may be particularly useful around times of change. These might include at the point of diagnosis, deterioration of vision, changing schools, changes within the family, or managing the transition into adulthood. RSBC Family Practitioners can provide support over the phone or internet, in your home, at school or a convenient location.

3. RSBC Dorton College of Further Education

RSBC Dorton College offers a day provision for vision impaired students (16-25).
Based in the London Borough of Bromley, we promote best-in-class, inclusive education and learning at all levels. Students follow an individual programme of academic learning and skills development, including support from a QTVI and help with specialist technology.
We work closely with a range of partners, from both mainstream and specialist educational settings, to ensure that students get the very best from their time with us. We have ‘hybrid’ partnership arrangements with local General Further Education Colleges, which further increases the range and opportunities our students have access to.

4. RSBC Information and Advice Service

We understand that it’s not always easy to access the extra help that is available through benefits, grants and concessions.
We offer free information, guidance, and support for parents/guardians of vision impaired children (aged 0-25) or vision impaired young adults aged 16-25.
We can advise on:
- Welfare Benefits including Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence payment (PIP)
- Grants
- Transport and Travel concessions including Freedom Pass, Blue Badge and Motability applications
- Accessing other RSBC services
We can also offer confidential, practical support for:
- Form filling
- Written and online applications
- Mandatory reconsideration and appeals.
Please note RSBC Information and Advice Service does not provide Housing Advice. If you need Housing Advice, please contact www.shelter.org.uk or your local Housing Advice Centre.

5. RSBC Employment programme

We support vision impaired young people (16-25) to develop the confidence and skills to achieve their employment aims.
Our employment programme prepares young people for the job-hunting process through CV and application writing, mock interviews, technology training, work experience and meeting potential employers.
Once we have helped someone secure work, RSBC continues to offer support and mentoring for both the young person and the employer for six months.
We also advise on training, further education and self-employment.

Organisation Contact Details

Contact Details

Contact Name
Farhana Begum
Telephone

Address and Accessibility

Address Details

Address 1
Orpington Campus,
Address 2
The Walnuts, High Street,
Address 3
Orpington,
Town
London
Postcode
BR6 0TE

Accessibility

Accessible building
Yes
Accessible toilets
Yes
Please describe how accessible the toilet area is for example is it a 'Changing Places' accessible toilet, does it have changing facilities, hoists etc

Accommodates wheelchair, grab rails

Parking facilities
No
Dietary needs catered for
N/A
Staff have specialist training
Yes

Availability

Availability Details

Days and times of activity / opening
MondayFrom 09:00To 17:00
TuesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
WednesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
ThursdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
FridayFrom 09:00To 17:00
SaturdayFrom 10:00To 16:00Varies depending on activities
When is the activity or service available
All Year Round
How to access the service/activity
Pre-book Drop-in / Turn-up Referral required
Does a parent / carer need to stay on premises during activity
No
Is there a cost for this service or activity
No

Inclusion and Accessibility

Taking part if you are a child or young person with additional needs or a disability.

How can a child or young person with SEND take part in this activity

Contact us and we can signpost children. young people, and families to our services.

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Services
Support Services Organisations / Charities Leisure and Social Activities Training / Skills / Employment

Age Range

Age of Users
From 0 To 25

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