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Sight Action is one of two operational companies set up by The Highland and Islands Society for Blind People. The other is Highland BlindCraft, an employment and training facility.

Sight Action is contracted by the Highland Council, NHS Highland and the Western Isles Council to provide services on their behalf as well as a range of other services provided through charitable funding.

Our Adult Team provides a comprehensive rehabilitation service to over 2600 blind and visually impaired people, their carers and families.

The Children and Families Team provides services to over 180 visually impaired babies, children and young people, many with complex needs, their parents, carers and families throughout the Highlands and Western Isles.

We have a Resource Centre at Beechwood House, Inverness where people can call to find out about and try a range of equipment to help with mobility and many daily living tasks. It also has up to date advice and information and other resources, including a toy library.

We share premises in Caithness where we are developing a dual-sensory approach, in partnership with Hearing and Sight Care.

We have good partnerships with our colleagues in Health, Education and Social Work Services.

In our Inverness Head Office, Sight Action has a Team of Qualified Rehabilitation Workers, admin and clerical staff, based alongside;

  • A Volunteer Co-ordinator.

  • Our Resource and Information Centre.

  • A talking book library service.

  • Support groups are organised throughout the area.

  • We have a number of other volunteers who work hard to support the services we provide.

There is a big challenge involved in improving awareness and taking action to support people across the blindness sector, with numbers projected to more than double over the next 20 years.

We aim to actively participate in making a big difference.

Visual Impairment Support Assistant

34 hours per week, £19,164 p.a. pro rata

Sight Action is an established charity that provides practical help and information to visually impaired adults all over the Highland area, encouraging other agencies to be as inclusive as possible and enabling people to lead full and active lives.

Sight Action have an exciting opportunity for a Visual Impairment Support Assistant to work alongside one of our Rehabilitation Officers.

Rehabilitation Officers have a demanding role that involves field work Highland wide.

They provide a holistic program of assessment and training along with counselling and advice to clients within their own home and out in the wider community. Rehab Officers introduce clients to new activities and groups; advise them on assistance to attend events, access other supports and inspire change and empowerment. They deliver individual training packages to employers, hospitals, schools and commerce; to raise awareness and create positive perceptions.    

The Visual Impairment Support Assistant would have a multi-faceted role in supporting our Rehabilitation Officer who has a visual impairment, in carrying out specific elements of his post.

  • Driving - Using the Sight Action vehicle to take the Rehabilitation Officer to client visits, trainings and meetings within the Highlands.
  • Assisting the Officer in Visual Impairment assessments (training will be provided).
  • Administration – note taking, recording, filing, letters, compiling logs, phone calls and organising appointments.

Hours will be worked Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Flexibility is essential due to geographical distances involved, so some days working hours will be longer. Candidates must have a clean driving licence and undergo an Enhanced PVG check.

Experience of working with children and adults preferred. Knowledge of visual impairment and good observational skills are important.

Robust I.T. skills including Word, Outlook and Office 365 are required.

Good communication, strong organisational skills, ability to work under pressure and to deadlines, understanding of and compliance with, data protection and client confidentiality form an integral part of this role.

Closing date: 5pm on Wed 18th July 2018. Interviews will take place w/c 23rd July. Contact for more information - 01463 233663. Please apply online or by post; completing the application form on the Sight Action website.

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