Featured Member - RNIB Northern Ireland

26 Jan 2017 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 4 Jul 2019

We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland (RNIB NI) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss.

If you’re blind or partially sighted, or supporting someone who has sight loss, our wide range of practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence. 

Whether you need advice on keeping your job, technology to help you do everyday tasks, or simply someone who can help you come to terms with sight loss, we’re here for you.

How we can support you and your family

Emotional support

We provide emotional and practical support to individuals, and families of children and young people, throughout their sight loss journey.

Confidence building

We offer individual and group support to give you the practical skills, hints and tips to adjust to life with sight loss and access all the services you want in your local community.

“When I was diagnosed I felt lost. The simplest things like reading the time or using my phone had become an issue. RNIB’s Eye Care Liaison Officer (ECLO) was the first person I felt I could really open up to about my vision. 

With help from RNIB I got involved in swimming, walking and history groups, and am now doing some technology training as I was finding it hard to see the computer screen. I got a tablet and can now email my family in South Africa, do my shopping online and even top up the electricity from the sofa!”
 - Olga, aged 65, diagnosed with glaucoma at 39

Welfare rights advice

We offer a benefits check and advisory service for people with sight loss, providing support and information on the full range of social security benefits and other benefits or concessions. 

Products and technology

We can advise you on the range of products and technology that can help you make the most of your life, and provide training through our Online Today project.

Employment support

We provide specialist support and advice to help you find work or stay in your current job.  We can also advise employers on how best to support their employees with sight loss.

Children, youth and families

We work with children and young people to increase their independence, confidence and skills through a wide range of programmes, activities and events.

“I was pretty shy all the way through school and didn’t really get involved in sport.  Then I went on an RNIB youth residential and discovered I can actually do a lot more than I ever thought.

I’m now pursuing a career as an outdoor activities instructor with help from RNIB’s employment service!”
- Ryan, aged 20, born with congenital nystagmus 

Get involved

Volunteer with RNIB

We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities, from admin to peer support roles.
Visit: rnib.org.uk/volunteering 

RNIB Connect

Join a strong, growing community bringing together everyone affected by sight loss, including friends, family and professionals. Keep in touch with things that are of interest and help to you in your local area and beyond.
Visit: rnib.org.uk/connect

RNIB Library

RNIB’s Library is the largest in the UK for people with sight loss, with audio, Braille, digital, and giant print books for adults and children.  
Our Talking Books service is absolutely free for anyone who struggles to read standard sized print.  Sign up for access to over 25,000 titles you can read to your heart’s content.
Visit: rnib.org.uk/talkingbooks 

Contact RNIB NI

To find out more about the wide range of services we offer for all ages visit rnib.org.uk/northernireland, contact us on 028 9032 9373, or email [email protected]

You can also follow us on:
Facebook: RNIB Northern Ireland 
Twitter: @RNIBNI

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by Shauna O'Neill

Information Officer

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