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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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Children’s Service

turtle1Supporting Parents & Early Childhood

Sight Action has a long history of working with children who have a wide range of eye conditions, often with other health conditions.

Stimulating vision and other senses is very important. We work with children and their families to monitor how a baby or child uses their senses. We can then look and link play ideas to encourage certain areas of development. We also loan equipment and toys.

Some parents need emotional support, talking to someone who understands their situation, who can offer practical advice too.

Liaising with other professionals, ensuring the right services or benefits are in place, is a large part of our success in helping families.


Enabling Children to be Independent

Mobility Assessment and Training enables the right skills to be in place for a child to find their way about safely at home, school, or in their communities.

Independent Living Skills – such as making a drink, food preparation, even shopping, all takes a lot of time to build confidence in a sighted world. We help young people to learn the skills they need to enable independence.

turtle3Our team

Raymond Smart
Rehabilitation Officer
01463 233663 / 07748 557149
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Brenda Smart
Rehabilitation Officer
01463 233663 / 07769 298482
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Sharon Lewis
Sensory Support Worker
01463 233663 / 07702 670311

Contact Us

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Sight Action's resource centre is open Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm (except public holidays) at Beechwood House, 69-71 Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 3JH.
We are situated between Raigmore Hospital and Carton Bingo


Travelling by car

We are a 10-15-minute drive from Inverness City Centre, follow Millburn Road towards A9 & A96, at the 1st roundabout turn right, following the signs for Raigmore Hospital. At the next roundabout turn left, go straight through the traffic lights at the entrance to the Hospital and take the next left turn. Sight Action is the first building on the right at the end of the road. Please note: Limited car parking is available.

Travelling by Public Transport

From Inverness City Centre you can board either Service 8A or 8C either from Queensgate (outside Post Office) or Falcon Square. Alight the bus at Raigmore Hospital.
From the bus stop you need to walk back to the Zebra Crossing, cross the road and turn right. Following the road down to the junction, turn left and walk straight ahead until the next junction. Cross this road and immediately turn left. Follow the pavement right down and it will bring you directly to our door.

Gaining Access

For ease of access, there is a ramp up to the main door which, is a double door. The door is locked and is controlled by a Buzzer System. You will find the Buzzer on the wall to the left of the door, press it and you will hear a reply Buzzer, at this point PULL the right-hand door which leads immediately into a second set of double doors, again PULL the right-hand door.

Our Reception Office is straight ahead and a member of Staff will greet you and help with your query.



Why give to us?

We are an independent charity and need to raise money in order to provide extra services and activities like family fun days, buying sensory toys for our toy library, adding to our audio library, running outdoor activity days and providing volunteers to help with shopping trips and reading mail.

These are in addition to providing statutory rehabilitation services funded by Highland Council and NHS Highland.

Here is more information on what we do.

How to donate

Credit or debit card

We are able to accept card donations, simply phone us on 01463 233663 and tell us how much you wish to donate.

By post

Please make cheques payable to Sight Action and send it to Sight Action, Beechwood House, 69-71 Old Perth Road, Inverness, Highland Region, IV2 3JH.

Standing Order

If you wish to make a regular donation this can be done through your bank by setting up a standing order.

Gift aid

If you are a tax payer then your donation can generate an extra 25p for every £1 donated. Please complete the gift aid declaration form by clicking here and return it either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post.


If you do any of your shopping online, then it is now possible to raise funds for your chosen charity (Sight Action hopefully!) There are no catches and no cost to you, the customer, as the donations come from the retailers and not from your pockets!

1) Register for free on easyfundraising.org.uk by clicking ‘Create an account’

2) Search for ‘Sight Action - Inverness’ and then choose ‘Support this cause’

3) All you require to register is an email address, and you can opt out of the websites mailing list at the registration stage, so you won’t receive any junk mail or offers etc.

After registering and logging in, you would simply search for the company name you wish to shop with on easyfundraising.org and click on the link to their website to shop as usual. You can also search by a description of what you want, for example – ‘flowers by post’, and a list of participating companies who offer this would display.

Virgin Money Giving

Sight Action is registered with Virgin Money Giving. This enables us to receive funds directly from online donations and sponsored events, anyone who wishes to raise money through a sponsored event for Sight Action can go to Virgin Money Giving.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Just click on the link or image to set up a page and create an event. You will then be prompted to search for a charity by name. Then you will be asked to enter your own details. Once the event is complete Sight Action will be notified of the funds raised.

Legacy – make a gift in your will

Your money can make a big difference to blind and visually impaired adults and children in the Highlands. A legacy ensures that Sight Action can continue to provide a very valuable service. Any Solicitor will gladly help you to arrange a bequest.