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Employment support for people with a visual impairment
The aim of these pages is to outline and signpost what advice and support is available to people with a vision impairment and employers.
As a blind or partially sighted person you may be worried that you will be unable to find work or stay in your current job, however there is help and support available from various other voluntary organisations and the government. Blind or partially sighted people should not be excluded from employment - nor should sight loss equal job loss. Advances in technology mean that blind and partially sighted people can now overcome many of the barriers to work that they faced in the past, and government schemes like Access to Work mean that many of the costs can be met.

Benefits Advice
Job Centre Plus / Benefits Office
Over time benefits offices have renamed themselves, from Benefits Office to Job Centre Plus. Once you know the benefits you may be entitled to, you can call the relevant numbers to obtain an application form or visit in person for help and advice. For information about how to contact Job Centre Plus, please use this link:
Contact details:
Website: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

GOV.UK / Benefits
GOV.UK is a United Kingdom public sector information website, created by the Government Digital Service to provide a single point of access to HM Government services. What's on GOV.UK will be information and services for citizens (including benefits) and businesses, detailed guidance for professionals and information on government and policy.
Contact details:
Website: www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Salisbury District Hospital
The hospital provides treatment for eye conditions in its Ophthalmology Department. The hospital's Eye Clinic also employs an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) who can offer you advice, emotional support and information about: eye conditions, benefits you may be entitled to, employment issues, useful organisations, registering your sight loss, rehabilitation, and more.
Services offered:

  • Benefits advice
  • Employment advice
  • Hospital information
  • Low vision services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Emotional support

Address: Odstock Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ
Contact details:
Telephone: 01722 336 262

Advice and Support

Action / RNIB employment services
RNIB and Action for Blind People provide specialist support and advice to help you find employment, start your own business, or stay in work if you are losing your sight. Services are delivered via our helpline, Action's Employment Line and our UK-wide network of regional and local centres.
Contact details:
Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk
Email: employmentline@actionforblindpeople.org.uk
Telephone: RNIB helpline: 0303 123 999
Telephone Action Employment Line: 0800 440 2255

Hearing and Vision Team
A specialist team that provides a range of services if you are blind, have limited or impaired sight, are deaf or have an acquired hearing loss or are deafblind. If you are experiencing problems with day-to-day living such as using a telephone, preparing meals or getting out into the community, we can help you. Other services include information and advice, as well as minor equipment to help you manage better at home. Mobility skills training, how to manage with sight loss Blind or visually impaired
Our ROVIs (Rehabilitation Officers with Visually Impaired People), also known as rehabilitation workers or mobility officers, help visually impaired people to remain, or become, as independent as possible. ROVIs can advise you about registration as blind or partially sighted and about the CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment). They can also help visually impaired people to learn new skills to continue with many daily tasks. This can include things from how to move around with greater safety and more confidence, through to cooking. Sometimes special equipment can help or perhaps a different technique is needed. ROVIs can assess and advise.
Contact details:
Email: hearingandvisionteam@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01380 725201

Guide Dogs
This organisation provides mobility services in the form of a guide dog or My Guide. Campaign on issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. Provide services for children with sight loss in the form of buddy dogs and offer a variety of volunteering opportunities.
Southampton Mobility Team Services
1 Chilworth Point
Chilworth Road
Southampton
SO16 7JQ
Contact details:
Website: www.guidedogs.org.uk
Telephone: 01189 838892

Blind Veterans
Blind Veterans is a National charity supporting service men and women and their spouses who lose their sight. The clients sight loss does not have to be related to their time spent in the services to receive the support
Contact details:
Email: administrator@blindveterans.org.uk
Telephone: London HQ 0207 723 5021
Telephone: Brighton Centre 01273 391455.

Citizens Advice Bureau
CAB is one of a network of independent charities throughout the UK that give, confidential information and advice to help people with their money, legal, consumer and other problems. The advice and information provided by bureaux is free, independent, confidential and impartial. We provide advice through face-to-face, telephone and email services, and online via our self-help
Contact details:
Website: www.adviceguide.org.uk
Telephone: 03444 111 444

Wiltshire Sight
Information Pack available via post
Peer Support groups working across Wiltshire and Swindon providing advice information and support.
One to One support including help with forms
Resource and Information Centre open 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday (other hours by appointment) St Lucy’s Sight Centre, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, SN10 2AT Information is also available on our Website
Contact details:
Website: www.wiltshiresight.org
Telephone: 01380 723682
Our Help Line is open 10.00am till 2.00pm Monday till Friday

Independent Living Centre in Semington
ILC offer free impartial advice to elderly and disabled people, offering practical solutions to difficulties in daily living to people living in Wiltshire, Bath and Mendip areas. You can see and try a wide range of products, by arranged appointment with one of their Occupational Therapists. Or they can post information on to you.
Contact details:
Website: http://www.ilc.org.uk
Telephone: 01380 871007

Association of Disabled Professionals
Our services include the provision of employment advice, information and/or peer support for the very many disabled people who contact our helpline and their advisors or friends. We have a 24-hour answerphone service where disabled people can seek advice and support from another disabled person. There are often barriers to the information that is provided, in that it is, more often than not, in a format that the individual disabled person would find inaccessible. The ADP is able to provide information in the majority of formats requested and will endeavour to provide all information in a particular format at an individual's request. Thus, not only does the ADP support groups of disabled people within particular employment or educational settings, but we are also able to provide support on an individual basis in order to achieve the most effective outcome for the individual. Generally, in terms of contact with disabled people, the ADP is asked to provide moral and personal support; guidance on effective job hunting; advice on barriers or difficulties encountered whilst at work or in education; advice on benefit related issues; networking opportunities; and information about approaching statutory bodies (e.g. Access to Work), educational establishments and employers when difficulties arise. And, if we don't know the answer, we will try to point you in the direction of someone who will! However, in addition to the queries from individual disabled people and our members, the ADP has received enquiries or requests for information in relation to education, employment or training issues, as well as requests to complete surveys and provide written information with regard to a variety of disability related issues.
Contact details:
Website: http://www.adp.org.uk/about.php
Email: info@adp.org.uk
Telephone: 01204 431638

Disability Now
Disability Now is the UK's leading website for, about and by disabled people. We aim to accurately reflect and present the lives, experiences, views, opinions and lifestyle choices of disabled people, which are often misrepresented in mainstream media. Write to us at:
Disability Now, 6 Market Road, London, N7 9PW Sign up to Disability Now's monthly emails

Contact details:
Website: https://disabilitynow.org.uk/
Email: editor@disabilitynow.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7619 7760

Getting ready for work

WITS (Wiltshire Independent Travel Support)
We are an award winning independent project offering initial travel support to individuals who would like to travel independently on public transport for work, to meet friends, for college or training.
A travel supporter will accompany the person on their journey until they become confident. We can work on skills like planning a journey, road safety, telling the time, using money or a bus pass and help to build confidence.
The only cost to the individual are any bus or train fares although where possible we will assist people to apply for disabled person passes.
Many of the people who use the WITS project find that they not only become independent travelers but the skills and confidence they gain opens up further opportunities.
We help people who:

  • live in North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire, West Wiltshire or Kennet
  • have a physical or sensory impairment
  • have a learning difficulty
  • are users of mental health services
  • are older people

People can refer themselves or be referred by other organisations.
If you are interested and would like more information, please download the WITS Enquiry Form below or contact:
Peter North
WITS Co-ordinator
Wiltshire Independent Travel Support
The Independent Living Centre
St. George’s Road
Semington
BA14 6JQ click here to download the WITS enquiry form
Contact details:
Email: peternorth.wsun@btconnect.com
Telephone: 01380 871800

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Job Centre Plus dedicated customer Work Coach for all customers on ESA, JSA, IS & UC. Working closely with customer for a tailored approach to becoming work ready by referring customer to relevant/appropriate provision that JCP has available i.e. Work experience, work academies, training courses
Contact details:
Website: www.gov.uk
Telephone: 0800 055 6688

Community Connecting - Wiltshire Council Service
Assists customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following: Finding voluntary work, socialising, meeting friends or joining a club, further education; including college courses and other training opportunities, using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy, Traineeships, travel training They provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently. Access through Adult Social Care. There is an eligibility criteria for this service and in all cases approval is required before making the referral
Contact Details:
Telephone: 0300 456 0111
Email: customeradvisors@wiltshire.gov.uk

Steps to Stride Programme - Wiltshire Council
The Wiltshire Steps2Strides project is funded by the Department for Work and Pension's Flexible Support Fund and Wiltshire Council. The project is delivered by Wiltshire Council in partnership with The Pluss Organisation and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Wiltshire Steps2Strides is an initiative to support people in their personal development, individual resilience and help them start thinking about work.
Contact details:
Website: www.pluss.org.uk/locations/chippenham-employment-services
Email: claire.pearce@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01225 718 425 JCP

(JobCentrePlus) Careers Advice
National Careers Service advisers can help clients identify the job or career that's right for them and then plan how to get there. Help includes: finding learning & training, updating a CV and finding course funding. National Careers Service advisers visit the jobcentre weekly. Contact details: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus Skills2Succeed Academy The Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, interactive, on-line training programme designed specifically to help young people choose the right career and build the skills they need to find and keep a job. It's easy to use, offering flexible training and relevant advice. The Academy includes 3 courses: Getting a Job, You and Your Career and Success in Work.
Contact details:
Website: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/youngpeople/Pages/Home-SkillsToSucceedAcademy.aspx
Customers need an access code to register on the site which is DW1WE1

Prince's Trust The Prince's Trust and Jobcentre Plus have a shared purpose: to increase the number of young people moving into employment or self-employment with the skills required to make those opportunities sustainable. The Prince's Trust programmes are primarily aimed at unemployed young people aged between 16-30 years old and consists of the following programmes: Get Started, Get Into Youth Work, Team, The Enterprise Programme, and Fairbridge Contact details: Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk Telephone: 0800 842 842 Volunteering Volunteer Centre Wiltshire Eligibility: Open To All Work together placements are entirely voluntary and customers will continue to receive any benefits to which they are entitled, whilst attending subject to continued benefit eligibility conditions being met. Whether you have two days a week or two hours a month to devote to volunteering our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team can introduce you to the organisation or charity you may wish to join - alternatively we may signpost the way If you are currently working, have been out of the workplace for a period of time, are a student or are planning your retirement, we can help to find you a volunteering opportunity that meets your needs. Costs: DWP Jobcentre Plus cannot pay travel and childcare costs associated with volunteering, or the cost of CRB checks required for a placement. These costs are the responsibility of the volunteering organisation. Affects on benefits and forms: Benefit will not be affected but the customer must complete a form VOLWORK1JP giving details of their volunteering, to be returned to the jobcentre and filed in the customer LMU Contact details: Website: http://www.volunteercentrewiltshire.org.uk Telephone: 01249 654089 Work Experience Each Jobcentre will have a number of Work Experience Placements available - they are generally between 4-8 weeks and travel expenses are paid. A Work Coach can also work with a customer to help them find a work experience placement to suit them. Contact details: Website: www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/work-experience-and-volunteering Action for Blind People We assess all clients who wish to access our Employment Service by completing an Enabler assessment. This provides a clear indication as to the level of intervention that may be needed to move them closer to work. Eligibility: anyone affected by sight loss with a diagnosed or undiagnosed condition which cannot be corrected by wearing glasses. Anyone 18 or over. Under 18 referral to our Children & young Family Service. Further training: general advice & guidance on what's available. Support in enrolling at college or basic skills courses. Signposting to other local providers if appropriate. Mobility issues: this can impact on being not work ready. If appropriate; referral to the Hearing & Vision Team for mobility/daily living training, referral to Guide Dogs for My Guide training or assessment for a guide dog. Volunteering: general advice and guidance on searching for opportunities. Help with completing applications and preparing for interview. Signposting to appropriate volunteer organisations. Assistive Technology: an assessment of what is needed, i.e. accessing information, AT problems, computers, laptops, phones and tablets etc. Practice activities can set as part of agreed training. Housing: it may be that client's wish to be closer to job opportunities. Help with applying for housing, getting on the housing register, banding advice and evidence needed etc. Contact details: Website: www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk Telephone: 0303 123 9999 Wiltshire Sight Information Pack available via post Peer Support groups working across Wiltshire and Swindon providing advice information and support. Volunteering opportunities offered both at Wiltshire Sight and specially trained organisations One to One support including help with forms Resource and Information Centre open 10 -3 Monday to Friday (other hours by appointment ) St Lucy’s Sight Centre Browfort Bath Road Devizes SN10 2AT Contact details: Website www.wiltshiresight.org Telephone: 01380 723682 Our Help Line is open 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday till Friday - Association of Disabled Professionals As described in benefits and guidance Aspire Instruct Ability InstructAbility is a multi award winning bespoke programme designed to engage disabled people in the fitness industry as gym instructors and gym users. The scheme provides disabled people with free, accessible fitness industry training and qualifications followed by a voluntary industry work placement where instructors work to encourage more disabled people in the local community to participate in fitness activities. InstructAbility is funded by Sport England and offers disabled people free gym instructor training and an industry work placement. The aim of the scheme, created by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and delivered in partnership with YMCAfit, is to support disabled people into a fitness career where they can encourage other disabled people to access leisure facilities and enjoy and active lifestyle. Contact details: Website: www.aspire.org.uk Website: www.instructability.org.uk Ready for work Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) - Wiltshire Council Service: This service is for customers with disabilities who are aged 18 years or over, who are not supported by universal employment services and who require a specialist service to meet their eligible adult care needs. There is an eligibility criteria for this service and in all cases approval is required before making the referral. WEST can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work. Contact details: Website: www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/employment-support-WEST.aspx Email: west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk Telephone: 01380 729286 Work Choice is a government programme - via JobCentrePlus This can help you get and keep a job if you're disabled and find it hard to work. It's voluntary - you don't have to do it. The type of support you get depends on the help you need. This is different for everyone but can include: training and developing your skills, building your confidence, interview coaching Contact details: Website: www.gov.uk/work-choice/overview Sector Based Work Academy 18 -24 yr olds Sector-based work academies (sbwa) are one of the Get Britain Working measures. They usually consist of three elements: Sector-specific pre-employment training (PET) of up to 30 hours a week. A work experience placement (WEP) with an employer. A guaranteed job interview (GJI) linked to a genuine vacancy. This may take place during or after the work experience placement. In exceptional circumstances where the employer is unable to offer a GJI, the sbwa can consist of PET and WEP only. All three elements last for a maximum of six weeks but there is flexibility in that. There can be short gaps in time between elements however it is important not to lose momentum and breaks should be kept to a minimum where possible but attendance on sbwa activity cannot exceed six weeks in total. Training and work experience can be blended as agreed with the employer. Length of work experience will be agreed with the employer. What are the benefits to the claimant participating in a sbwa opportunity? Give them the skills and behaviours employers want from people entering a job in a specific sector. Improve their job prospects. Allow them to undertake units towards a qualification. Gain work experience. Build their confidence. Add to their CV. Give an employer a chance to see how well they can work. Travel, childcare, and replacement care costs will be met where appropriate. A guaranteed job interview for an existing vacancy. Benefit will not be affected whilst participating. New Enterprise Allowance New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) is one of the Get Britain Working measures and is aimed at helping eligible claimants to start their own business. Contact details: Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-enterprise-allowance-campaign JCP (JobCentrePlus) Careers Advice National Careers Service advisers can help clients identify the job or career that's right for them and then plan how to get there. Help includes: finding learning & training, updating a CV and finding course funding. National Careers Service advisers visit the jobcentre weekly. Contact details: Website: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus Start Ability Services START Ability Services (Hosts of the Association of Disabled Professionals and the Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network) Their work advice service uses a practical, common sense approach with experienced disabled advisors to overcome difficulties in employment or self-employment. They focus on providing support, advice and information to ensure that disabled people, and people with long term health conditions are able to fully contribute to the workforce. As their aim is to support all disabled people to find, retain and progress in the full range of work opportunities, they would be happy to talk to you whether you are: an employer, a representative of an organisation, or an individual. They have many years experience providing a national advice service for both the Association of Disabled Professionals www.adp.org.uk and the Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network. Indeed, they are widely practiced in providing an appropriate, professional service that is individually tailored to your needs. START Ability is able to advise on issues relating to employment and self employment, using their work with statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations, as well as individuals with long term health conditions and disabled people. This enables them to provide complete and comprehensive solutions to remove the barriers to participation. They provide support to individuals and employers on issues including seeking employment; recruitment and application procedures; retention of existing staff who develop impairments; support with making appropriate reasonable adjustments; support with Access to Work and how to become more "Disability Confident", to name but a few. Contact details: Email: start.ability@ntlworld.com Skype: start.ability Website: www.startability.org.uk Telephone: Work Helpline: 01204 431638 (Ring back service only) Telephone: Main Office: 01204 480075 Skills2Succeed Academy The Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, interactive, on-line training programme designed specifically to help young people choose the right career and build the skills they need to find and keep a job. It's easy to use, offering flexible training and relevant advice. The Academy includes 3 courses: Getting a Job, You and Your Career and Success in Work. Contact details: Website: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/youngpeople/Pages/Home-SkillsToSucceedAcademy.aspx Customers need an access code to register on the site which is DW1WE1 Prince's Trust The Prince's Trust was established in 1976 and now works with over 58,000 young people each year. Three out of every four young people receiving support from The Trust progress into employment, education or training. The Prince's Trust and Jobcentre Plus have a shared purpose: to increase the number of young people moving into employment or self-employment with the skills required to make those opportunities sustainable. The Prince's Trust programmes are primarily aimed at unemployed young people aged between 16-30 years old and consists of the following programmes: Get Started, Get Into Youth Work,Team, The Enterprise Programme and Fairbridge Contact details: Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk Telephone: 0800 842842 Volunteering - Volunteer Centre Wiltshire Eligibility: Open To All Work together placements are entirely voluntary and customers will continue to receive any benefits to which they are entitled, whilst attending subject to continued benefit eligibility conditions being met. Whether you have two days a week or two hours a month to devote to volunteering our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team can introduce you to the organisation or charity you may wish to join - alternatively we may signpost the way If you are currently working, have been out of the workplace for a period of time, are a student or are planning your retirement, we can help to find you a volunteering opportunity that meets your needs. Costs: DWP Jobcentre Plus cannot pay travel and childcare costs associated with volunteering, or the cost of CRB checks required for a placement. These costs are the responsibility of the volunteering organisation. Affects On Benefits, and forms: Benefit will not be affected but the customer must complete a form VOLWORK1JP giving details of their volunteering, to be returned to the jobcentre and filed in the customer LMU. Contact details: Website: www.volunteercentrewiltshire.org.uk/ Telephone: 01249 654089 Work Experience Each Jobcentre will have a number of Work Experience Placements available - they are generally between 4-8 weeks and travel expenses are paid. A Work Coach can also work with a customer to help them find a work experience placement to suit them. Contact details: Website: www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/work-experience-and-volunteering Access to Work An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support at work if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you: start working stay in work move into self-employment or start a business. Contact details: Website: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Steps Ahead Mentoring Young Person Criteria HR and recruitment professionals advising young jobseekers. Six face-to-face mentoring meetings. Focus on CV writing, interview tips and skills, job-hunting techniques and developing self-confidence. Available nationally for young jobseekers aged 18-24. The advice from qualified recruitment and HR professionals gives young jobseekers an advantage when they look for work. They volunteer their time and expertise as mentors. The Steps Ahead Mentoring programme can be offered to 18-24 year old customers. Usually these jobseekers will be a young person with little or no work experience and possibly lacking in confidence. School/college leaver keen to understand the behaviours and attitude expected by employers and to ensure they are prepared for work. A graduate who may need some honest feedback on the type of job and level of salary available in the current labour market. We want as many young people as possible to benefit from the Steps Ahead mentoring programme. However, mentoring isn't right for everyone and a checklist will help to identify those young people who are most likely to benefit from mentoring by an HR Professional Contact details: Website: www.cipd.co.uk/registerme Action for Blind People We assess all clients who wish to access our Employment Service by completing an Enabler assessment. This provides a clear indication as to the level of intervention that may be needed to attain work. Enrolment onto our Pre Employment Programme, group sessions, covering 6 session programme of modules. Self-awareness, outcomes, Access to Work, Different job seeking strategies, networking, job/self match, completing application forms, personal statement, creating CV's, covering letters, Legal rights, Disclosing disability Pros-and cons of disclosing a disability at different stages of the recruitment process. Present disability positively and respond to possible objections. Understand how Assistive technology can support you in the workplace. Different communication styles. Interview preparation, structure & content of the interview, interview practice Revised for shortened sessions - for JC+, work programme providers and other training providers wishing to access this training. 1-1 training can be given if client just needs specific areas of the Pre-Employment Programme i.e. interview preparation, creating a CV. We are client led so understand not one cap fits all. Part of the Employment Coordinators role is to actively engage with local employers, talk through Access to Work support, break down myths about employing someone with sight loss and seek out work experience and work placement opportunities. Contact details: Website: https://www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/ Wiltshire Sight Information Pack available via post Peer Support groups working across Wiltshire and Swindon providing advice information and support. One to One support including help with forms Resource and Information Centre open 10am -3pm Monday to Friday (other hours by appointment) St Lucy’s Sight Centre, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, SN10 2AT Contact details: Website: www.wiltshiresight.org Telephone: 01380 723682 Our Help Line is open 10.00am till 2.00pm Monday till Friday Evenbreak Evenbreak, a not-for-profit social enterprise, was formed to achieve three aims: To help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled people; To help disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills; To promote the business benefits of employing disabled people. With Evenbreak, inclusive employers can be confident that they will attract additional disabled candidates that they may not find through any other recruitment channels. Disabled jobseekers can be confident that employers who have chosen to place their vacancies on this site are serious about looking beyond their disabilities to identify what skills they have to offer. Contact details: Website: http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/home/ Mailing Address: Evenbreak, 402 Metro Central Heights, London, SE1 6DX Email Address: info@evenbreak.co.uk Telephone: 0845 658 5717 Sustaining employment DWP Access to Work on Gov.uk contains all you need to know about financial support for people with disabilities or long term health conditions entering or retaining employment. Contact details: Website: www.gov.uk Telephone: 0800 055 6688 Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) - Wiltshire Council Service: WEST will continue to review those they have supported and find out how they are getting on in their paid work and support them in sustaining their employment until they are ready to do so independently. WEST can also support those people already in work who are having issues and who wish to sustain their paid employment. Access Criteria for the service would still be adhered to. Contact details: Website: http://www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/employment-support-WEST.aspx Access to Work: An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you: start working stay in work move into self-employment or start a business. Contact details: Website: www.gov.uk/access-to-work ACAS (Advisory, Concilitation and Arbitration Service) ACAS is an independent and impartial organisation that does not side with a particular party, but rather will help the parties to reach suitable resolutions in a dispute. Acas provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. The Acas Helpline provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to both employers and employees. You can also use Helpline Online to ask a question. Contact details: Telephone: 0300 123 1100 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday) Customers with a hearing or speech impairment may prefer to contact us using the Text Relay service by dialling 18001 0300 123 1100 Work Choice - a government programme - via JobCentrePlus (Details as per 'Ready for work') You can apply if you have a job but are at risk of losing it because of your disability. This also applies if you're self-employed. To find out how to join Work Choice, speak to a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus. Contact details: Website: https://www.gov.uk/work-choice/overview RNIB Vision awareness training for employers, also guidance on access to work. Contact details: Wiltshire Sight Information Pack available via post Peer Support groups working across Wiltshire and Swindon providing advice information and support. One to One support including help with access to work application Assistive Technology and Resource training at our Centre or your place of work Specialist training and awareness for employers and work colleagues Resource and Information Centre open 10am -3pm Monday to Friday (other hours by appointment) St Lucy’s Sight Centre, Browfort Bath Road, Devizes, SN10 2AT Information is also available on our Website Contact details: Website: www.wiltshiresight.org Telephone: 01380 723682 Our Help Line is open 10.00am till 2.00pm Monday till Friday Action for Blind People Visual awareness training to new and old employers, Advice/guidance for Access to Work assessments. We keep in contact with clients in new posts every 6 weeks for 6 months, making sure everything is running smoothly. General employment advice & guidance. Visual Awareness Training, this can be tailored to requirement. Communication, Common Eye Conditions,The Law & Disability, Environment, Hints & Tips Retention Service - 1-1 support: General advice & guidance and help with more complex issues when experiencing sight loss whilst in work, this covers all areas i.e. what to do if off sick, employee options and employer responsibilities. RNIB Legal Rights Helpline - Our Legal Rights Service can help blind and partially sighted people if experiencing discrimination whilst at work. Contact details: Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk Telephone: 0303 123 9999 Information for employers RNIB Guide to employing someone with sight loss We understand that, as a business, you may have questions about taking on someone with sight loss, or about an existing employee who is losing their sight. Our guide to employing someone with sight loss has been designed to address those questions and to set out the benefits of employing a blind or partially sighted person. It covers everything you need to know about employing someone with sight loss, from the recruitment and interview process, to making sure an employee has the right equipment in place to be successful in their role and progress their career. A blind or partially sighted person can be as much of an asset to your organisation as any other employee. There are simple steps you can take to ensure you achieve success as an employer. The guide can be downloaded from our Employing a blind or partially sighted person section and free hard copies can be obtained by emailing: Contact details: Email: employmentservices@rnib.org.uk Telephone: 0303 123 9999 Evenbreak Evenbreak, a not-for-profit social enterprise, was formed to achieve three aims: To help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled people; To help disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills; To promote the business benefits of employing disabled people. With Evenbreak, inclusive employers can be confident that they will attract additional disabled candidates that they may not find through any other recruitment channels. Disabled jobseekers can be confident that employers who have chosen to place their vacancies on this site are serious about looking beyond their disabilities to identify what skills they have to offer. Contact details: Website: http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/home/ Mailing Address: Evenbreak, 402 Metro Central Heights, London, SE1 6DX Email: info@evenbreak.co.uk Telephone: 0845 658 5717 Wiltshire Sight Our bespoke training programme for employers is designed for each customer providing information on Access to Work, work environment, Sight loss Awareness, and Sighted Guide for individuals and groups. Our Looking Out For Sight programme is designed for Health and Social Care Staff to understand the needs of people with Sight loss. Information can be found on our website. Contact details: Website: www.wiltshiresight.org Telephone: 01380 723682