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Services and support for children and young people with sight loss.

Children and Young People

Did you know that we have many services which can support children and their families?

How we can help

We are passionate about providing the very best services, in hospitals, at home and in local communities.

There for you

Discovering your child has a visual impairment can be a difficult and emotional experience. That's why we offer a support service for children, young people and families. Our range of services supports you every step of the way, starting from initial diagnosis in hospitals through the sight loss journey.

Support for the whole family - our dedicated  family team offers advice, guidance to the whole family, including brothers, sisters, grandparents and carers.

Skills for life - We are there to support your child from their first steps through to their transition into adulthood.

Keeping active - Our trips and activities are a great way to meet families and for your child to make friends and have some fun.

 We offer many activities which you can view on our children and young people page.

 

Leicestershire County Council Consultation

Vista have been asked by the Leicestershire County Council to share with you their latest consultation period focusing on young people and their families who have been or are preparing for adulthood or those who will be preparing for adulthood in the future. If you are interested in taking part please see the information below. 

This email and questionnaire is for the attention of young people and their families who have been or are preparing for adulthood or those who will be preparing for adulthood in the future. 

Leicestershire County Council’s vision is that young people with SEND in Leicestershire are prepared for a successful adulthood and their voice is heard.

From our previous engagement with families and carers, we know we need to improve the information and advice around preparing for adulthood.  We call the move from Children’s services to Adult Social Care, Transitions.  This work is part of our action plan under the preparing for adulthood programme. 

We want young people and their families to tell us their experiences around information and advice for example:

  • what you need to know and when
  • what was useful and helpful
  • what isn’t helpful or didn’t work
  • what worked well for you on your journey to adulthood.

From what you tell us, we can identify gaps in our information and advice offer and share what may be available already.  We’ll need your support to tell us what improvements or changes are needed for example:

  • making the information easier to understand or
  • creating new information using different formats e.g. videos.

We have prepared a short questionnaire to help us start our conversation with you.  You can complete the online questionnaire or you can ask us for a paper copy that you can print out or an easy read version.  Just tell us what’s best for you by calling 0116 305 0232 or emailing us at ASCengage@leics.gov.uk.  Please share this email with other people who you think may be interested in this work.  If you are a young person and want to complete the questionnaire but need some support to do it, ask someone you know to help you.

We’d like you to complete and return the questionnaire to us by Monday 8 July but if you can’t, just send it back to us as soon as you can. 

What happens next?

A workshop event will be held on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at County Hall from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm when we will talk about the responses we have received and share ideas.  We can only accommodate around 30 people so if you’d like to attend the workshop, please call 0116 305 0232 or email us at ASCengage@leics.gov.uk to book a place.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed.  Please note that this workshop is only open to young people and their families who have been or are preparing for adulthood or, those who will be preparing for adulthood in the future.  If you are a young person and need help you get your voice heard, you can bring someone with you to help you.

After the workshop, we will form a small working group to develop the information and advice you think is needed. We’ll expect the working group to share the work with the people or groups they already meet with or are connected to.

You can still be involved in this work even if you can’t attend the workshop or don’t want to complete the questionnaire, just let us know on 0116 305 0232 or email us at ASCengage@leics.gov.uk.

Nystagmus - how you can help

The first Wednesday in November is National and International Nystagmus Awareness Day.

Nystagmus can affect children of all ages and make it difficult  for them at school. This short video link below shows you in a few minutes how Nystagmus can affect children at school and what you can do to help the child at school and at home. With advice and tips this video will help you to understand what Nystagmus and how it an affect the child at school and more importantly what you can do to help.

Nystagmus video

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