Image courtesy of Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.netBeing a parent or carer of a child with visual impairment with or without additional needs can at times be an overwhelming and isolating experience. The family has to adapt to a new set of circumstances and try to reconstruct some of their values, plans and hopes for the future. This can be a long process requiring both time and support. Some parents may find it useful to speak to somebody unconnected to their situation and make use of our parent and carer counselling service to help them adjust.

Our parent/carer counsellor offers support to families in a variety of ways: you may like to join in one of her informal coffee mornings, chat over the telephone or book in weekly sessions in a confidential setting. If travelling to the Lodge Family Centre is difficult, our parent/carer counsellor may be able to visit you at home.

Parents'/carers' views:

“It feels like a luxury to have someone come to my home so that I can speak about my problems in complete confidentiality. It makes such a difference and helps me to keep going.”

“I felt very isolated until I started to come to parent drop-in and now I feel I have friends who understand my situation.”


© Image courtesy of Stuart Miles,