Family Support

Our Family Support team gives the families of children with visual impairment emotional and practical support, advice and information. We also advise and work with other professionals and organisations.

We can explain complex terms, give independent advice on claiming benefits or make contact with agencies and organisations on the family’s behalf. We usually work over the telephone, although we may provide face-to face-support in some cases.

What’s of most importance to many parents and carers of a blind child is the consistent and informed emotional support we provide for the whole family, including grandparents, brothers and sisters. We listen, care and advise.

We also arrange heavily subsidised events and activities around the UK, which are a great way for families to take a break and meet others in a similar situation. Relaxing and having fun can encourage children with sight loss to develop confidence and make new friends. Events include trips to pantomimes, the zoo and other exciting places for much less than the usual cost.

Downloadable information documents:

How to guide your child with a visual impairment? (Word Doc 54 KB)
Is it in the family? (Word Doc 63 KB)
Professionals supporting your family (Word Doc 58 KB)
Siblings of children with visual impairment (Word Doc 81 KB)
What is low vision? (Word Doc 55 KB)

Starting Point documents:

Early learning at home (Word Doc 31 KB)
Eye conditions explained (Word Doc 30 KB)
Glossary (Word Doc 29 KB)
Nursery and child care (Word Doc 31 KB)
Speaking with fellow parents (Word Doc 29 KB)
The diagnosis journey (Word Doc 29 KB)
The eye clinic appointment (Word Doc 29 KB)
What can my child see? (Word Doc 29 KB)
What is a certificate of visual impairment? (Word Doc 30 KB)

"My independence is very important to me. If it wasn’t for the help Blind Children UK gave us I think I’d be in my room, on my own, rather than going out and doing all the things I like to do. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and my mum."

Theo, aged 12

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Fadzie sitting next to her mum outside

Do you need help?

Please call freephone 0800 781 1444 or email services@blindchildrenuk.
if you'd like some advice, or to chat about how we can help you.