How can Essex sensory support services help you?

Friday 25 November 10:00am - 2:00pm
Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN

Essex Sight Loss Council is shining a spotlight on local sensory support services in the area.

We want to raise awareness of the support which is currently available to blind and partially sighted people across Essex.

We are also supporting our national campaign, Listening Month 2022.

We have an excellent line up of guest speakers. Michelle Thomson, General Manager from BASIS and representative for Essex Vision will be joining us. She will be talking about the services that both provide across the region. We will then hear from a local Eye Care Liaison Officer (ECLO) and representatives from Sound and Vision and DeafBlind Enablement Essex.

We will also be joined by representatives from other local sight loss charities and sensory services. There will be the opportunity to network and learn more about the services that are available, including our work at Essex Sight Loss Council.

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Listening Month

As part of Sight Loss Councils ‘Listening Month’ we will open a question-and-answer session. We want to hear your thoughts on the local provision and how you feel this can improve.

During November, Sight Loss Councils will be nationally focusing their energy on reaching and listening to as many blind and partially sighted people as possible. This gives you the chance to have your say on issues that are important to you.

We will use this feedback to inform our future planning. We will also nationally publish the findings of listening month and produce a “you said, we did” easy read summary that will set out the action we are taking.

Samantha Leftwich, Engagement Manager for the East of England said:

“Local support services provide vital on the ground support to those living with sensory impairments. However, we have found that these services are often overlooked when referring people for support. We want to change this, ensuring that these provisions are mentioned early in the ‘Eye Care Pathway’.

“We want to shine a spotlight on our local charities and support services which enable local people to live their lives independently. Their work helps reduce social isolation and provides a platform to highlight their services, groups and activities”.


Event details

  • Date and time: Friday 25 November 2022, from 10am – 2:00pm
  • Venue: Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LN
  • This event is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • If you are bringing a guide or companion with you, they will need to book a separate place on the event to attend. This is to enable us to manage numbers for the size of the venue.
  • Closing date: 24 November 2022, 4pm.
  • To join us online, please email:


This free event is for blind and partially sighted people living in Essex.  Attending the event is a great way to find out more about the work of Essex Sight Loss Council and ways in which people can get involved.

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Sight Loss Councils are led by blind and partially sighted members. Together, they tackle local issues and work with businesses and service providers to improve the accessibility of their services.


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