A FREE online course to provide support for people living with sight loss is coming to the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the Living Well with Sight Loss course will take place over four 90 minute sessions online at 10.30am on the following dates: October 28, November 4, 11 and 18.

As pandemic restrictions ease, a flagship course that enables local blind and partially sighted people to boost their confidence and independence and share experiences with other people continues to be offered in a range of ways.

The course will provide information, advice, and practical skills for anyone who has sight loss, as well as their family and friends.

Each session provides advice on a range of topics, such as daily life skills, technology and wellbeing, as well as providing information about registration of sight impairment and understanding benefits and other topics.

The courses, which can take place over the phone or via video calls, have been made possible thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Despite the challenges of running courses during the coronavirus pandemic, last year RNIB continued to support 800 individuals through Living Well with Sight Loss courses.

Many of the course attendees accessed phone groups which also provided a great way to stay connected and maintain mental wellbeing during lockdown.

While phone or video groups will continue to be offered, there may be a gradual return to some face-to-face delivery in the next six months.

Ian Springett, RNIB Living Well with Sight Loss Coordinator for Yorkshire and Humber region, said: “We have all had to adapt and respond to challenges since March last year.

"Course coordinators have had to do the same, and the content of the Living Well with Sight Loss course has evolved.

"We have developed new ‘Focus On’ courses dealing with specific topics, including confident living, wellbeing and money matters to help those who have completed the course and want to continue their learning journey or anyone who wants a taster of the full course.

“The Living Well with Sight Loss course is available to anyone with sight loss.

"As well as learning news skills and techniques for independence, there is also a chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations which can be hugely beneficial.”

Places for all courses are free but must be booked in advance. Visit: rnib.org.uk/LWWSL or call 0303 123 9999.