HiVis UK

Courses and Workshops

HiVisUK provides learning opportunities for anyone working with or caring for or providing a service to older people with age acquired dual sensory loss (and deafblindness). These come as accredited courses or as short practical workshop sessions.

Our accredited courses are delivered either on site “closed” courses exclusively for your organisation’s people or as “open” courses where you can send one or two workers along e.g. our courses in partnership with SCIE.

We also offer shorter non-accredited workshop style sessions that can be commissioned by provider organisations as part of their workforce development or service development needs. Examples include: Healthwatch, Hartlepool Carers, Hartlepool Borough Council, Local Pharmaceutical Committees and organisations focused on older people.

To find out more about commissioning one of our courses or our workshops please get in touch via the Contact Us page on this site.

Growing Together.

HiVisUK is a charity which truly believes “together is better, together is stronger”.

What this means simply is that we are about building the capacity, confidence and resilience of others – the individual elderly person with acquired deafblindness, their families and carers, the organisations that support or provide care services to them, the local authorities and health services who are bound by law to look after them – our older people.

Snippets from our Social Return On Investment (SROI) acquired dual sensory loss research project

“It is also noted that almost 40% of respondents reported finding the training useful in their personal lives with family, friends or neighbours who are deafblind. This indicates added value to the training increasing the numbers of deafblind people being supported either informally or formally in a work setting.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.Our learners talking about what our training means to them.

“Much of this equipment (to support an older deafblind person) is small scale, inexpensive and practical yet deafblind people appear to have little awareness of the availability of such equipment. The training has raised awareness of carers, support staff and others, with the result that deafblind people are beginning to benefit from the use of such equipment. This finding is now being confirmed by deafblind people.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.How our training raises awareness about equipment for daily living tasks.

“…there are also early indications that the knowledge/experience and changing practices not only improve services and support but could ultimately create cost savings/save money…respondents reported that their organisation had been able to save money as a result of the knowledge gained in the training.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.Evidencing how our work is improving services.

“A large majority of respondents who have completed one or more of the training courses report positively as to the design, quality and content of the training. Respondents also report that the training has improved not only their knowledge and understanding but also their confidence in working with and supporting deafblind people. This increase in confidence appears to be pivotal in how they do this.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.Learners commenting on how our courses can build a more confident workforce.