Local Action Team
Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach. Our Salisbury team has deep roots in the local community, which helps us to best meet the needs of our blind and partially sighted service users. This grassroots approach is consistent across all of our offices throughout England.
Our Salisbury team is able to support people living in Wiltshire, Swindon, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. We provide an outreach service where our knowledgeable and friendly team can visit you in your home or a mutually convenient location to help you with the following:
We can support you to live as independently as possible by providing tailored information and guidance to:
- Help you understand what it means to be registered as blind or partially sighted and guide you through the process.
- Access day-to-day living support.
- Manage housing issues.
- Access benefits and help to complete forms.
- Put you in touch with other organisations that can help you.
- Apply for a personal budget to spend on the relevant social care to best meet your needs.
Applying for benefits
The majority of people with sight loss do not receive all of the benefits they are entitled to. Action provides specialist advice on what’s available and can assist you with the completion of relevant claim forms. We can also help with reviews, appeals and tribunals.
We can support and advise you on housing and tenancy issues providing practical solutions and adaptations. If your current home is not suitable, we can help you to look at moving to more accessible accommodation, ensuring your safety and independence is maintained.
We provide technical advice and guidance for blind and partially sighted people on IT issues including queries about computers and assistive technology such as magnification and screen reading equipment. We provide one-to-one sessions to assess your needs and support you to access suitable solutions. We can also support you to access training and further information.
Let us help you to prepare for work or to retrain, find the right job or stay in your current employment if you are losing your sight while working. We also provide advice on starting your own business.
We are able to offer a free face to face counselling service at our office in Salisbury for anyone who is affected by sight loss – whether you have sight loss yourself or are supporting someone who is blind or partially sighted.
Children, Young People and Families
We support children and young people to enable them to enjoy full and active lives – through access to information, education, leisure and sporting opportunities – ensuring they are as equipped as possible for adult life and the world of work.
Contact the Salisbury team
If you want to find out more about how the Salisbury team can help support you and your family speak with a member of our team.
Telephone: 01722 345440
2011/12 in numbers
610 - Number of people receiving support/service from the Salisbury team for the first time this year.
131 - Number of people accessing ECLO services.
45 - Number of people receiving specific confidence building intervention.
166 - Number of people who received support to gain their appropriate benefit entitlement.
78 - Number of people that received face to face support on products/aids that support independent living.
40 - Number of people achieving their desired reading outcome.