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The Visual Impairment Team (Millennium Centre)

Rehabilitation Service for People with a Visual Impairment

This service offers rehabilitation to anyone with a sight impairment who resides within the borough of St.Helens.

As part of the service, we offer advice, information, product demonstrations and rehabilitation support to help visually impaired people find new ways of dealing with the practical & emotional difficulties they may be experiencing as a result of their sight loss.

The support team, which includes qualified Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired People (ROVIs), will assist you in achieving a range of outcomes based on your interests and needs. For example:

  • Access to leisure activities, hobbies, games and sports
  • Access to voluntary societies for visually impaired people
  • Undertaking daily tasks such as cooking, making hot drinks, weighing and measuring
  • Overcoming problems of disorientation, which can occur with poor sight even in familiar places, indoors or out
  • Guidance and support

We can also help people learn new skills to adapt and cope with the effects of visual impairment, for example, maximising a person's mobility, maintaining independent living skills and using a variety of communication methods.

If appropriate, the team will also undertake an assessment with you for a range of specialist aids and equipment to assist you in maintaining and promoting your independence.

We also work in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide low vision aids and equipment.

Where full remediation of a person’s visual function is not possible by the provision of conventional glasses, contact lenses or medical intervention, a Low Vision Assessment (LVA) can be provided.

The LVA will help the person to make best use of their remaining vision in order to achieve and maintain their independence.

To make a referral to the Visual Impairment Team, please telephone Contact Cares on 01744 676767 between the hours of 8am and 10pm, Monday to Sunday, or email contactcares@sthelens.gov.uk.

For general enquiries, please contact the St Helens Rehabilitation Centre between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday at the address below:

1st Floor Millennium Centre
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1HJ