Visual impairment

The Sensory Team supports people with a visual impairment (blind/severely sight impaired, partially sighted/sight impaired).

You can get support and information about issues related to visual impairment, such as:

  • Paying for support
  • Finding a support worker to help you live independently
  • Traditional packages of care
  • Links to advocates or counsellors, specialist resources, organisations and groups
  • Interpreters
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Advice on welfare benefits
  • Assistance with education, employment or voluntary work
  • Help with long and short stay residential care
  • Practical support like technical equipment

How does it work?

If you have been referred to the Sensory Team you will undergo an assessment to identify your needs.

If you are eligible for the service, the team works with you to arrange appropriate support.

Even if you do not meet the criteria you may be able to get help with equipment.

Who is it for?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be living in Oldham
  • 18 years or older for social work support
  • Any age for rehabilitation
  • Experiencing sight loss (temporary or permanent)

People do not have to be registered blind or partially sighted to receive a service.

Sessions at the Link Centre for Independent Living

Come along to a session with Visual Impairment Rehabilitation Officers at the Link Centre for Independent Living for advice and information about visual impairment services or to try out equipment.

  • Friday: 9.30am - 4.30 pm

You are welcome to just drop in but sessions can be popular so it is a good idea to make an appointment.

Referrals

To make a referral, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

adult.mash@oldham.gov.uk
child.mash@oldham.gov.uk
Level 9
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham
OL1 1UT

Sensory Disabilities Team
140 Union Street
Oldham
OL1 1DZ
Tel 0161 770 4786
Fax 0161 770 4789