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Confidence building course for visually impaired people

Thursday, 29th October, 2020 10:15am

Sight loss charity Fighting Blindness is running their final Living with Sight Loss course of 2020.

The popular and free confidence building course for visually impaired people in Ireland will begin on Thursday 12 November and run every Thursday from 11am to 3pm. The course will finish Thursday 10 December.

To meet Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, the charity transformed the face-to-face five week course into a virtual webinar series. This will be the third online version of the course and previous participants found the online delivery convenient, interactive and dynamic.

There are over 250,000 people in Ireland living with blindness or vision impairment. Living with Sight Loss is designed to increase the confidence and independence of people who are living with any form of sight loss.

The informal course will provide information and practical advice on a range of essential everyday topics such as getting out and about, information about welfare rights, and how technology can make life that bit easier.

Niamh from Waterford, a participant in a previous virtual Living with Sight Loss course said: “I found the course very useful and helpful, it was well structured. The speakers were also excellent.”

Kathleen from Dublin said: “I know I could probably find a lot of this information online but nothing can compare to having a shared experience of learning new things in the company of others who are also experiencing sight loss. The fact that this course was delivered through Zoom really suited me as I had direct access from the comfort of my home.

“My overall verdict on the course is that I have come away a more confident person, while I can't change my condition I can take control and not let it stop me from doing what I love to do. I would highly recommend this course to others and I sincerely hope they continue as a problem shared is a problem halved and there is such comfort in knowing you're not alone in sight loss.”

The course is delivered through the accessible video conferencing platform Zoom. A telephone dial in option is also available.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Fighting Blindness on 01-6746496 or

This course is delivered through the Need to Talk project, an emotional support and confidence building service supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

For more information about the Need to Talk counselling and confidence support service visit

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