Extending our reach: OPTiC Finding Your Feet Programme comes to Ryedale

Partner update: Jane Friend, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society

On the 28th & 29th November 2013, 10 older people from across Norton, Malton, Pickering and Scarborough took part in a Finding Your Feet empowerment programme in Norton, North Yorkshire.

Alison Bowes, Rehabilitation Officer facilitating sessions

Alison Bowes, Rehabilitation Officer facilitating sessions

They were a wonderful group of people who gelled together and were very supportive of each other. They arrived at the event with varying degrees of nervousness and anticipation but went away with more confidence and knowledge, new friendships and goals that they would like to achieve over the coming months.

Our programme covered a wide range of topics including accessing information, increasing independence at home, getting out and about, emotional issues and a healthy diet.

Diane Roworth, Chief Officer at York Blind & Partially Sighted Society

Diane Roworth, Chief Officer at York Blind & Partially Sighted Society

This is what our participants had to say about the programme:

 “I enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought that it might just repeat things that I knew already, but it didn’t!”

 “It was good to hear other people’s thoughts and views. It was such a relief to know that it wasn’t just me thinking some things”

 “I think all of it was relevant and constructive and I found it really helpful”

 “Food for thought”

 “All very useful, constructive”

 “Very helpful from the companion’s point of view”

 The last session on the final day focussed on setting achievable goals and each person went away with at least one. These goals included to:

  • Learn more about CCTV equipment to make reading easier
  • Become more IT literate
  • Arrange an assessment for a better magnifier
  • Get out an about more with the aid of a volunteer
  • Join  the book club at Sight Support Ryedale
  • Go swimming

 Positive result

Everyone who attended said that they would recommend this programme to other people who, like themselves, want to be empowered.

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Optic is a partnership of trusted organisations which will enable older people, especially those with or at risk of sight-loss, to develop and implement strategies to manage the changes they encounter in later life and reduce isolation.
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