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Information for people who are blind or partially sighted

Registration of blind or partially sighted people

Registration is voluntary and may entitle you to a range of concessions:
• VAT exemption to buy necessary equipment

• Discounts for some leisure activities

• Discounted travel on public transport

You do not have to register to be eligible to help from Social Services and registration does not automatically mean you will qualify for services

Registration for sight loss can only take place on the recommendation of a qualified ophthalmologist, a doctor who specialises in eyes and eye care. Referral to the ophthalmologist clinic can only be done through a GP who will refer you if they think it is necessary. Your High Street Optician will ask you to contact your GP if they detect any significant sight loss that requires attention from an Ophthalmologist.
If you are then registered blind or partially sighted the ophthalmologist will inform your GP and, if you wish, Adult Social Services, who keep a register of all the blind or partially sighted people in their area.

 

Sight & Hearing Teams – Social Services

Your local Adult Social Services will have a Sight & Hearing Team and they can help you with support and information. Contact the following number:


Dorset: - Dorset Direct 01305 221016

Services available include:
• Practical advice about how to manage in your own home

• Information about specialist equipment to help you with day to day living

• Registration of sight impaired people where appropriate

• Access to support groups

• Details of local and national voluntary agencies who also offer advice and support


Christchurch Sight and Hearing Services

Christchurch Sight and Hearing Team are specialist workers who are there to listen to your needs and offer support. They can talk to you about your sight condition, how it 
might affect your future, give advice about registration and tell you about other organisations able to help. Assessments conducted by the team will give you ample 
opportunities to talk about all your circumstances and needs, and will always take into account any needs that derive from your ethnic background or cultural beliefs. A support plan will be drawn up to show how your needs will be supported. You will be provided with a copy of this. The team are able to support you with a wide range of practical advice about monetary benefits, housing, leisure and educational opportunities, personal care, meal provision, and suitable equipment, all aimed at helping you maintain your independence.
Sight and Sound Centres are drop-in information centres staffed by the Sight and Hearing Team for people with a visual or hearing impairment. The centres are located throughout Dorset, a local Sight & Sound Centre for residents of Christchurch is located at:


Christchurch Sight & Sound Centre

Christchurch Library
Druitt Buildings
High Street
Christchurch
BH23 1AW
Tel: Dorset Direct 0n 01305 221016 for further information

Open: Wednesday between 9.30am – 12noon.

 

Dorset Sight and Hearing Services

Dorset Sight and Hearing Team are specialist workers who are there to listen to your needs and offer support. They can talk to you about your sight condition, how it 
might affect your future, give advice about registration and tell you about other organisations able to help. Assessments conducted by the team will give you ample 
opportunities to talk about all your circumstances and needs, and will always take into account any needs that derive from your ethnic background or cultural beliefs. A support plan will be drawn up to show how your needs will be supported. You will be provided with a copy of this. The team are able to support you with a wide range of practical advice about monetary benefits, housing, leisure and educational opportunities, personal care, meal provision, and suitable equipment, all aimed at helping you maintain your independence.
Sight and Sound Centres are drop-in information centres staffed by the Sight and Hearing Team for people with a visual or hearing impairment. The centres are located throughout Dorset; a local Sight & Sound Centre for residents of East Dorset is located at:

There are local Sight & Sound Centres at the following locations:


Wimborne Sight & Sound Centre

The Hanham Centre
Hanham Road
Wimborne
Tel: 01202 877445
Fax: 01202 876604
Textphone: 01202 868262

Open: between 10am and 12.30pm. Contact: 01202 877445 for further details and appointments.


Dorchester Sight & Sound Centre

Dorchester Day Centre
Acland Road
Dorchester
DT1 1SH

Open: Wednesday between 10am – 4pm (closed for lunch between 1pm -2pm).


Bridport Sight & Sound Centre

Allington Court
St Swithins Road
Bridport
DT6 3JL

Open: Wednesdays between 10am – 1pm.

 

 

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