TWO courses have been arranged to provide emotional and practical support for people with sight loss.
The courses will be held at the Marriot Hotel in North Harbour on February 6 and 7 and again at the Holiday Inn in Southsea on March 6 and 7.
The free two-day Finding Your Feet course, run by charity Action for Blind People, is designed to support visually-impaired people of all ages, in overcoming fear of isolation and helping them adjust to sight loss.
Participants will share experiences, supporting each other in regaining confidence and independence.
David Shervill, 23, from Copnor, has previously attended the course.
He said the experience boosted his confidence, enabling him to launch his own music business, Global Music Visions, to encourage blind and partially-sighted people to get involved in music.
He said: ‘The Finding your Feet course made me realise that although I have sight loss, it shouldn’t stop me doing the things I enjoy. Without the self-belief I gained from the course, I doubt I’d ever have turned my dream of running a music business into reality.
‘I am still in the early stages of my business but since volunteering for Action for Blind People, I have met other participants on the course who have given me advice and knowledge of the music industry. This has been really helpful and it has been great meeting new people.’
Lizzie Abnett, from the charity, said: ‘For any person, sight loss can be devastating. In the Portsmouth area alone, 1,010 people are registered blind or partially sighted and our aim is to reach as many of these as possible, giving them the support and advice they need.
To book call (01722) 345440 or email Salisbury@actionforblindpeople.org.uk.