Vision Impairment Awareness Training

Vision Impairment Awareness training

All our training programmes are tailored to the specific requirements of the client and designed and delivered by Vision Impaired people.

We know that clients gain the maximum benefit by learning from people who experience Vision Impairment on a daily basis. A participant who had attended a Vision Impairment Awareness Training session stated: “I have to say it is the first time that I’ve been on an awareness course presented by people with sight loss and it’s about 100% more effective/powerful!”

What we offer

We run a variety of training courses covering topics aimed at anyone who wishes to provide a high quality service to blind and partially sighted people.


The aim of our workshops is to provide those attending with relevant information relating to sight loss so that they can provide effective, person centred assistance to Vision Impaired people. In addition, attendees will also benefit generically from:

  • An increased ability to communicate effectively
  • enhanced interpersonal skills
  • Being able to provide a better overall customer service.

Another participant added: “the entire course was great and I learnt so much from it, and now feel much more confident in assisting blind and partially sighted people. A very worthwhile day.”

General course content

The following is just an example of topics that can be covered as part of the workshop, but as our training is tailored to the specific requirements of the client, the actual content is up to you:

Terminology, including language and Vision Impairment culture and etiquette

Sighted guiding, with practical demonstration and participation

  • The effect of common eye conditions, including the use of simulator spectacles
  • Communications, covering verbal, written and listening
  • Equipment, including specially designed and everyday items
  • Registration referral system, explaining the end-to-end process
  • When does meaning well become unacceptable, role play scenarios to demonstrate how the best intentions can sometimes be inappropriate.

Masuma Ali, the Operations Manager for ELVis said: “It is great to see small voluntary sector organisations as well as commercial companies undertaking such training in order to be able to provide a high quality service and an effective assistance to vision impaired people.”

Other details:

  • The workshop can range from an hour to a full day.
  • The maximum number of people that can attend is 20, but we recommend that 12 is most effective.
  • Cost of delivery will be agreed once requirements of the workshop have been finalised.

Target audience:

  • people who have not previously worked with Vision Impaired people, but will, or are likely to, be doing so in a paid or voluntary capacity in the near future
  • people who have previously attended basic vision impairment awareness training, but would like a refresher
  • People who would simply like to enhance their basic knowledge further.

Further information

To learn more about our vision impairment awareness training programmes, or to book a specific course, please contact Masuma Ali via:

T: 020 3697 6464

M: 07952 658614


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Christine Edmead, the Administration and Information Officer (Weekly update)

Yes, it’s my turn for the blog entry!
I’m Christine Edmead and I’m the Administration and Information Officer at ELVis.

In this blog I will let you know, what the ELVis team have been up to during this week and inform you of some forth coming events.

We had a new addition to the ELVis Team, who started with us on 2nd June.  So let us welcome Richard Hart! Richard will be working with us, as an intern on work experience for 6 months.

Also on the 2nd of June there was a Local Societies meeting and a SITs meeting.  There was a presentation from the RNIB, from the Online today team, the course is to encourage Vision Impaired people to use their smart phones, tablets and iPads. It was very interesting.

As mentioned by Masuma in her blog a couple of weeks ago regarding the Vision Impairment Awareness Training, the leaflet is now available to download from our

Various meetings have taken place this week at the hub:-

  • With Infosound
  • Services Leadership Team
  • Hackney VSG
  • Redbridge CCG
  • ActivEyes Breakfast Club
Forthcoming events:-
The Hackney Group will be meeting on Monday 8th June.
Tower Hamlets Vision Strategy Group in association with East London Vision, Consultation will be taking place on Thursday 11th June.
Be sure to put the following event in your diary, Sight and Information Day, (SID) When:
On Thursday 23rd July from 10am till 4 pm.
The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ.
Please feel free to check out our information on our Website, Facebook and Twitter, where we share information giving updates of our work and on events that are happening across East London.

Laura Ross, Blog entry – May

Hello all, this is my first blog entry so be kind! I’m Laura Ross and my role in East London Vision (which is a bit of a mouthful) is the ‘Service Delivery and Development Officer’. Hopefully this blog entry will let you know what me and the rest of the team at ELVis have been up to this week starting Tuesday 26th of May, thanks to the bank holiday Monday.

I started my week with a meeting with Visually Impaired People of Newham (VIPON) steering group. We discussed future meetings (which are held the third Wednesday of every month), potential outings in the future and volunteers. It was a really good meeting and I think we managed to get a lot of details ironed out for the future of the group.  The following day I had a catch up with Masuma, who I would like to congratulate on her new job title of ‘Operations Manager’ which will involve a lot more of the day – to – day running of ELVis and some strategic elements as well.

This week I also viewed a potential venue to hold ELVis’ 2nd birthday (October 15th). I’m afraid I can’t give away any more details than this at the moment as it is currently just a mix of ideas floating round in my head that I’m trying to nail down and confirm. After viewing the mysterious venue I went on to a Beyond Barriers members meeting, which unfortunately I had to leave early as I was unwell. However, luckily I remembered to put my £1 in for the raffle and I won!!

Despite me being unwell for half the week the rest of the team has been very busy indeed getting up to…..

  • Updating each of the 7 borough’s Vision Strategy Action Plans with strategic aims clearly identified , so that on going and future priorities can be easily targeted
  • Organising the continuation of the ActivEyes Redbrdige tennis sessions
  • Finalising the speaker for the local society and sensory team quarterly meeting
  • Keeping the website and social media channels up to date
  • Planning future events within the East London boroughs including multi-sports and art and cooking classes
  • Finalising details with the Challenge Network, who are lucky enough to be working with us  this year across the region.

For anyone who would like any more information on ELVis and what we are up to check out our Website, Facebook and Twitter where we share information giving updates of our work and on the events that are happening across the boroughs.




Redbridge – Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight – 1 June to 14 June

Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) Fortnight is an annual campaign bringing public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together in an effort to improve access to books and information.

Redbridge Vision Culture and Leisure are running events throughout Redbridge Libraries as part of Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight.

Events are as follows:

Friday 5 June, Gants Hill Library, 10.30am – 11.30am – IPad Training for the Visually Impaired
Find out how to make the most of your iPad if you have a visual impairment. Spaces are limited, booking essential.

Tuesday 9 June, Redbridge Central Library, 1.30pm – 2.30pm – Book at Lunchtime
Join us to listen to a short story selected and read by an author. The reading will be followed by a discussion and information about our services for blind and partially sighted people.

Wednesday 10 June, Wanstead Library, 10.30am – 11.30am – Coffee Morning

Come along for a friendly chat to library staff and find out about the services we offer for those who are blind or partially sighted.

If you would liked to be met at the nearest public transport point, please call the ELVis office on 020 3697 6464.

To book yourself on to any of these events, please contact Mina Rehman on 020 8708 2337 or email

Answer to the ELVis Friday fun

Last week Masuma set you the challenge of solving a maths riddle as part of ELVis Friday Fun, which is something we do on Facebook each week.

It is time to reveal the answer, first here is a reminder of the riddle:
Using only addition, how do you add eight 8’s and get the number 1000?
Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000

Have a great week all from Team ELVis.

Masuma Ali, Operations Manager for ELVis, weekly update

Hello, and welcome to my first blog entry. I’m Masuma Ali the Operations Manager for East London Vision and for those of you, who like us, love your acronyms, it seems we are better known as ELVis!

This post will provide you with information on what I and the rest of Team ELVis have been up to covering the week of 18 May.

I definitely didn’t see myself as a blogger, yet here you are reading my very first blog post, and to add to this, I never thought I’d be a Tweeter either, but I’m please to say I sent my first tweet on Wednesday (20 May), so looks like I’m becoming rather social media savvy thanks to my colleague Hassan. The lesson here is, never say never when on Team ELVis!

I met with The Challenge NCS staff covering the borough of Redbridge to discuss the summer 2015 programme. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. We worked with The Challenge in 2014 in 5 of the 7 East London Boroughs, and we look forward to doing it all again this year in:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Hackney
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Waltham Forest.

I also attended a meeting to provide feedback on a Disability training course that is being developed by Hackney CVS, and attended the Vision Strategy Managers team meeting.

We now have leaflets printed for the Vision Impairment Awareness Training we deliver to anyone who wishes to provide a high quality service to blind and partially sighted people. The leaflet will soon be available to download from our website,, or to request a copy.

The rest of the team has been rather busy too:

  • Supporting Waltham Forest Vision the voluntary sector, user led group for vision impaired people in Waltham Forest by minute taking for them at their management committee meeting.
  • We continue to support VIPON, the voluntary sector, user led group in Newham and attended their monthly meeting held on the 3rd Wednesday of each Month at the Star Lane Hub.
  • Promote and publicised all current ELVis activities and events including: bowls and the Sight Information Day.
  • Planning a series of Vision Impairment awareness training workshops in Hackney to take place over the next few months.
  • Finalised arrangements to have someone on work experience start with us on 2nd June
  • Attended Waltham Forest CCG workshops on Self-Care and Urgent Care.

For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you’ll already know that we have a feature called ELVis Friday Fun, where we share a riddle, joke, or anything fun to make you smile, after all it is almost the weekend! For those of you who aren’t Facebookers we can’t have you missing out, so for this week’s ELVis Friday Fun we have a riddle for all you number crunchers.

Using only addition, how do you add eight 8’s and get the number 1000?

Answer to be revealed next week.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

The England Blind Cricket Team Needs Your Support, as they host the champions India!

In December 2014, the India VI cricket team won the Blind Cricket Word Cup in Cape Town, adding this trophy to the T20 world cup they already have. On arrival back in Delhi they were greeted by a large crowd and a number of government ministers, such is the importance and popularity of the game in that cricket mad country.

On the other hand, The England VI side reached the semi-finals of the Blind World Cup and are currently preparing for the challenge of hosting a series against the reigning champions, India at the end of this week. The two teams will be showcasing the beautiful game of cricket on iconic grounds such as: Kia Oval and Arundel Castle ground in West Sussex.

The England team will most certainly appreciate your support. So why not prepare a picnic, encourage friends and family to join you in witnessing some high-quality blind cricket?

The schedule is shown below.  Prepare to be surprised at the skill and talent on display, as well as witnessing cricket played in the true spirit of the game!

Sunday 24th May Leamington CC 40 overs 12 noon more
Monday 25th May Wolverhampton CC 40 overs 11:00
Thursday 28th May Kia Oval T20 17:30 more
Friday 29th May Arundel Castle CC 40 overs 11:30 more
Saturday 30th May Arundel Castle CC T20 (Double-header) 11:30


Support the England Visually Impaired team by attending a match, every match is free entry. Alternatively follow the team at and on ECB Twitter and Facebook sites. The ECB is an inclusive organisation providing support and a pathway for disability cricket from grassroots to elite.