At RSBC, we believe no child in the UK should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind.
There are an estimated 39,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales. Every day, four more children will be diagnosed with sight loss.
Blind and partially sighted children and young people frequently live wonderful and fulfilling lives. However, statistically they are at a disadvantage.
- 90% of those who lose their sight in youth will never have a long-term job
- Two thirds of blind people are living on or below the poverty line
- Most will never have a meaningful relationship
A lack of regular support for parents, fewer opportunities to learn vital life skills, and limited access to positive social experiences mean that blind and partially sighted children and young people can be at a serious disadvantage when it comes to their emotional well-being, social development and ultimately, employment and life prospects. However, it’s not all doom and gloom.
How we help blind and partially sighted children and young people
We aim to help every young person we work with to find and fulfil their own unique potential.
We are there for them from the point of diagnosis, guiding them and their families on their journey through sight loss.
We provide them with a combination of support, learning and development opportunities to help them build the resilience, and help with the skills they will need to navigate their own futures.
How we do it
We know that sight loss can affect a whole family. Through our Families First service, we work with parents or carers to help them to provide the best possible environment for their young person to grow and develop.
If they need more practical guidance, they can use some of our online tools, such as our benefits calculator, or the advice section at the bottom of our Get Our Help webpage.
We help blind and partially sighted children and young people to build friendships, develop their confidence, independence and social skills through our Live Life Go Further programme, which offers an exciting choice of regular activities including sport and healthy living, music and creative, social meet-ups
and events, youth voice and campaigning.
At our specialist Further Education college, Dorton College, our students are able to follow an individual programme of academic learning and skills development.