Employment Support for people with a visual impairment - Benefits Advice

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As a blind or partially sighted person you may be worried that you will be unable to find work or stay in your current job, however there is help and support available from various other voluntary organisations and the government.

Blind or partially sighted people should not be excluded from employment – nor should sight loss equal job loss. Advances in technology mean that blind and partially sighted people can now overcome many of the barriers to work that they faced in the past, and government schemes like Access to Work mean that many of the costs can be met.

Here are four organisations who can help with benefits advice. 

 

Job Centre Plus / Benefits Office

Over time benefits offices have renamed themselves, from Benefits Office to Job Centre Plus. Once you know the benefits you may be entitled to, you can call the relevant numbers to obtain an application form or visit in person for help and advice. For information about how to contact Job Centre Plus, please use the weblink below.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

 

Gov.uk / Benefits

Gov.uk is a United Kingdom public sector information website, created by the Government Digital Service to provide a single point of access to HM Government services. What’s on Gov.uk will be information and services for citizens (including benefits) and businesses, detailed guidance for professionals and information on government and policy.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

 

Salisbury District Hospital

The hospital provides treatment for eye conditions in its Ophthalmology Department. The hospital’s Eye Clinic also employs an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) who can offer you advice, emotional support and information about: eye conditions, benefits you may be entitled to, employment issues, useful organisations, registering your sight loss, rehabilitation, and more.

Services offered:

  • Benefits advice
  • Employment advice
  • Hospital information
  • Low vision services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Emotional support

Contact details:

Telephone: 01722 336262

Email: CustomerCare@salisbury.nhs.uk

Address: Odstock Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ

Website: www.salisbury.nhs.uk

 

Action / RNIB Employment Services

On 1 April 2017, Action for Blind People merged with RNIB. This allows us to help more blind and partially sighted people by combining our services, knowledge and expertise within one charity. Action’s vital work will continue through RNIB. We can provide specialist support and advice to help you find employment, start your own business, or stay in work if you are losing your sight.

Contact details:

Telephone: RNIB employment line: 0800 440 2255

Email:employmentline@rnib.org.uk

Website:www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living/work-and-employment

 

 

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Page updated 15th May 2018

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