COVID-19 and DSI

At Hi-VisUK we have created a new webpage in response to COVID-19. This Hi-Vis UK information and guidance web page with its unique series of free guides and tools are designed to help those supporting or caring for an older person with DSI during this COVID-19 emergency and the guidance on social distancing and socially isolating.They are for the DSI person’s family, friends, neighbours, carers and care organisations, social care and health care providers and community pharmacies.  These resources are free to use and to share. PLEASE SHARE!

Learn online @ Hi-VisUK

Our free to use, flexible course is packed with practical information including video simulations to help you understand the impact of major eye conditions, audio simulations to help you understand the impact of major hearing conditions, short quizzes to help you check your progress, tips on communication, and the Hi-VisUK identification toolkit. Our online learning platform is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Learn practical steps you can take to improve communication and make information more accessible, and find out where you can go for further local help and advice. This will help ensure some of our most vulnerable elderly people are kept safe during the COVID-19 emergency. ENROL HERE: https://hi-visuklearning.org

MAKING WAVES is here!

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We are thrilled to announce that our flagship project MAKING WAVES funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (England) is now up and running. It will drive our work over the next three years as we create local networks in project areas.

We are working strategically with local authority partners and a bespoke network of local providers in Bradford, Cornwall and Hartlepool to change the experience of dual sensory impairment (DSI) and transform the face of DSI care.

Our co-production networks in the three areas and a new e-learning platform dedicated to dual sensory impairment, will help reshape the local care provider marketplace around the lived experience conversations we have with local people with DSI.

The learning we achieve in MAKING WAVES local partnerships will be shared nationally and internationally. Keep up with MAKING WAVES developments in our NEWS page.

Hi-VisUK – Bradford partnership boost

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For several years we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council through its Sensory Needs Service. Our collaboration continues to go from strength to strength. It all started with their team manager, Julie Ralph and her colleague Margaret Hird sampling our training which at the time was through our In Good Hands project. Bradford then commissioned us to deliver training to their teams on site including to some of their colleagues from neighbouring local authorities.

Recently two very exciting developments are taking shape. We both agree on the vital importance of local authorities being deafblind aware across a broad range departments and services, not just sensory services. But these are lean times with budget cuts severely limiting the ambitions of nearly every local authority in the land.

So to spread the training throughout Bradford City Council, we trained and mentored some of their sensory team who have now started to deliver our courses on their site. This work is done under a licence with us and all resources remain our copyright. We observe and monitor quality. Secondly we have been supporting them with their own first deafblindness e-learning course to further spread the awareness training across the Council.

Hi-VisUK’s new home!

Hi-VisUK is based in Hartlepool Borough Council’s new state of the art £4million Centre for Independent Living. This is an exciting time for Hi-VisUK. Our work with Hartlepool Council is showing substantial progress towards increasing support to older people with acquired dual sensory loss and acquired communication disorders.

Hi-VisUK is working with our In Good Hands Deafblind Support Project and a wide range of care and health organisations in the Tees Valley area so being based in the Centre is key. It is also the springboard for many national initiatives such as new training developments and some very exciting new projects – details as soon as possible!

Feedback on our training

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Great to see ongoing positive feedback from our training participants. We learn a lot from our courses through our interactions with participants who come from a wide cross-section of the health care and social care fields.

Colleagues from the fields of sensory loss support and acquired communications disorders are always generous in their sharing of experience and expertise whilst on our courses – thanks to all!

Click HERE to watch the latest video feedback, courtesy of our partners at SCIE.