People with learning disabilities need to know how to look after their eyes.

They need to know about having regular eye tests and about wearing glasses. That's why we have our 'Opening Eyes' training course.

Lots of advocacy groups around the country are using Opening Eyes to train people about good eye care, which creates the Peer Educator Network.

We provide the training kit and resources and visit each group to show them how to deliver the training. We support the groups and ask them to give us feedback after they have delivered the training.

We are currently looking for more advocacy groups to deliver the Opening Eyes training. Please read the information on this page and contact us if you are interested. 

Read this document for an introduction to the Peer Educator Network.

And read this for more information about the Opening Eyes training.

SeeAbility is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of our Peer Educator Network from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through the People’s Postcode Trust.

Interested in applying?

So far the groups have trained over 600 people with learning disabilities. If your group is interested in joining the network, please contact Scott Watkin at [email protected].

 

Which advocacy groups are delivering the training?

Click on each group for more information. If you can’t reach a group, please contact us.

Bradford People First
The H Team at Grapevine
Opening Doors
County Durham Learning Disabilities Parliament
I4t Chesterfield
It’s My Life West Berkshire
People First Keighley and Craven
Respect Bexley Mencap

Mencap Ceredigion
North Somerset People First
POhWER Hackney

Total Voice Northamptonshire
Calderdale Self-Advocacy Network (Halifax)
Choice Support
Future Directions CIC Oldham
Ace Anglia
Incontrol-able CIC Hartlepool
People First Merseyside

 

Resources

Here are some of our resources used by advocacy groups who are delivering Opening Eyes training:

How to deliver good Opening Eyes training

Feedback form for the people you train

Feedback form for the trainer

 

What the advocacy groups have said

“The trainers like being involved in the Opening Eyes training. All the group think it is good working with SeeAbility and they are very proud to have been involved,”

       Bradford People First.

“SeeAbility is very good to work with, they provide plenty of resources and equipment and have put together a comprehensive training package. The training is a nice simple thing to do, it’s enjoyable, it’s educational and it helps people,”

       Keighley and Craven People First.

 

Contact

If you have any questions about the Opening Eyes training, contact Scott Watkin (Eye Care and Vision Development Officer) on 07860 756 342 or email: [email protected]

Alternatively, you can write to: Scott Watkin, SeeAbility, Newplan House, 41 East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BL.