Merseyside Sight Loss Council VI Forum: Life after lockdown

Friday 17 September 11:00am

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Did you, like many blind and partially sighted people, feel isolated during lockdown?  Now that everything is opening up, have you found your confidence in travelling independently has been affected?  If so, you are not alone!

Merseyside Sight Loss Council is holding a VI Forum on Friday 17 September to talk specifically around these issues and the support and services that exist to help blind and partially sighted people.  Join us either in person or virtually via Zoom!

Come along in person

If you would like to come along to the live event rather than joining via Zoom please register by emailing or calling: 0750 895 8938

We would love to hear your experiences at the event. You will also be able to put questions to our panel.

The in-person event will start from 10:30am or join remotely via Zoom from 11am-12:30pm.

The live event will take place at:

Sight Loss Learning Hub

Christopher Grange

Youens Way

Knotty Ash


L14 2EW


Book your place via Zoom

When filling in our short registration form, you will be asked if you would like to submit a question in advance. Please note, a selection of questions will be used at the event. You will also be able to ask questions in the chat.

Please register for the virtual event by 5pm on 16 September. For catering purposes, if you would like to attend the event in person, please confirm by Wednesday 15 September.

Our speakers

  • Michael Crilly, Director of Social Inclusion & Participation, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, The Life Rooms
  • Ian Edwards, Service Manager, Sightline befriending service
  • Kelly Barton, Founder, Six Dots Counselling


With facilities in Walton, Southport and Bootle, The Life Rooms offers a range of life opportunities for service users, carers and the community to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. These are welcoming spaces to meet others, access opportunities and learn about support and resources available in the area.


Sightline provides a free, secure and confidential telephone-based befriending service to blind and partially sighted people. Launched in August 2018 the service has now been accessed by nearly 200 people supported by over 100 volunteers, most of whom are themselves blind or partially sighted.  The Sightline number is: 0800 587 2252


Kelly Barton set up six dots counselling to provide a sight loss counselling service for people in the Sefton and Merseyside area (and much further afield via online & telephone counselling) because she recognised the need for people who are losing their sight, and for those who are blind or visually impaired, to receive counselling support from someone who can truly understand and empathise.


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