Macular Society

Eccentric Viewing Training Programme

To recruit, train and support sighted and visually impaired volunteers to deliver eccentric viewing training across the UK to people with central vision loss. This will allow mainly elderly people, to remain independent, active and retain self confidence; preventing social isolation and depression

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It ran from 10:40 AM, 9 June 2011 to 11:38 AM, 10 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1001198)

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  • 'It gives you a sense of pride and it is good to learn to do something for yourself again....'

    — EV Trainee

  • 'It has given me more confidence and relief that my sight is not as bad as I thought- I still have a lot of useful vision'

    — EV Trainee

  • 'Overall it has meant a great deal and changed my life. I have come out of my shell again..'

    — EV Trainee

  • 'It gives you a sense of pride and it is good to learn to do something for yourself again....'

    — EV Trainee

  • 'It has given me more confidence and relief that my sight is not as bad as I thought- I still have a lot of useful vision'

    — EV Trainee

  • 'Overall it has meant a great deal and changed my life. I have come out of my shell again..'

    — EV Trainee

Situation

Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. From difficulties reading a newspaper, driving and recognising a friend across the room, to blindness that makes it difficult to cook, look after oneself or leave their home without help. The number of people with sight loss is set to increase significantly in the next 25 years, primarily because of the ageing population. The EV technique allows one to use remaining sight to retain independence, self confidence and remain socially engaged

Solution

The Society will train sighted and visually impaired volunteers and support them as they train visually impaired people how to use EV across the UK. It will be delivered and shared with local residents (1300 currently on list for training). Volunteers will train at least 2 people per year. All people requesting training will be shown the technique and peer support and monitoring will ensure maximum effect. EV awareness will be increased through eye professionals, recommendation & website