Introduction

Currently, Northamptonshire County Council commissions (i.e. buys) a number of services through Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB).

These services offer adults with sight loss advice, help and practical support to overcome the emotional and practical challenges of living with sight loss. This helps them to live as full, active and independent a life as possible in their own home and/or with their family or carer. 

The services we buy from NAB helps those adults who require support due to their sight loss to:

  • Receive help to overcome the emotional trauma of sight loss, maintain a positive outlook on life and retain personal independence. This includes advice, guidance and support to:
    • cook safely when they have poor eyesight, and with food storage and preparation
    • get out and about i.e. doing the shopping
    • stay safe in and around the home
    • other daily living skills
    • get advice and guidance on the availability of health, social care, employment and other services, and benefits and entitlements that might help them overcome whatever challenges they might be struggling with as a result of their sight loss 
  • Receive advice on the availability, suitability and use of specialist aids and equipment. These range from simple items such as bump-ons, talking watches, talking books and magazines, mobility aids, talking kitchen equipment plus task and other forms of lighting through to assistive technology such as magnifiers and telecare products.
  • Receive advice  on the use of suitable ICT equipment such as smart phones, tablets, computers and voice activated devices.
  • Receive help on using the internet including  online shopping and social media.
  • Support people to meet and  socialise with other people who have similar, or different levels of sight loss at various locations within Northamptonshire.
  • Help people to learn new skills or to enjoy new hobbies, cultural activities, leisure pursuits and sporting activities.
  • Discover how to make use of existing skills or how to enjoy again many of the activities and interests they used to enjoy before their sight loss.


NAB can provide their advice, guidance and support to those that need it at either one of NAB’s sight centres or support within a person’s own home. However, due to its current poor financial situation the Council is now having to consider if the above services should be stopped or provided in a different way. We would like to hear your views.

How can I have my say?

You can have your say and tell us your views by completing this questionnaire.

You can also attend a group discussion event.  The details are below. You will only need to attend one session.

Date  Time  Venue 
17th October 2018 Session 1:  5.15pm to 6.30pm

Session 2:  6.45pm to 8.00pm
 
The Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, Northampton NN5 5LD
25th  October 2018 Session 1:  2.15pm to 3.30pm

Session 2:  3.45pm to 5.00pm
 
Kettering Mind, 49 - 51 Russell St, Kettering NN16 0EN

You do not have to answer all of the questions. If you don’t want to answer a question, or don’t know the answer, then move on to the next question.

Please see our website for further information including a copy of the equality impact assessment www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay

If you have any queries, comments or would like a copy of this survey in another format (including easy read or large print) you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are as follows:

Email address: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Postal address: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, BIPM, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Name and Telephone:                 Tim Crisp       01604 361088

Your feedback will be used to help us gain a better understanding of peoples’ opinions and help us decide if these services should be stopped or, if continued, shape their future design and focus. Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

The deadline for completing this survey is 5pm on 8th November 2018.

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