Placements -Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre
Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre
The Visual Rehabilitation Centre is for adults who are loosing or who have recently lost their sight and who wish to learn new skills and be supported in their life situation.
Project contact: Mike Bailey
Location: Knotty Ash, Liverpool
Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre, which is part of the Catholic Blind Institute, opened its new premises in 1972, to visually impaired people in the Merseyside area.
The Visual Rehabilitation Centre is geared towards promoting independence and choice for the many people who are facing a visual impairment which affects every area of their lives. All clients have been through a very traumatic experience and they come to the Centre at a very vulnerable moment in their lives. The clients who come to the centre a few days a week are offered many courses which will promote their daily living: cooking safely with limited vision; handling ordinary domestic situations in their home; computing and all the other technological facilities now available to people with a sight loss. People want to learn how to travel safely, and how to use their leisure time again. Many of them may wish to avail of the counselling services at their disposal in the Centre.
The Vincentian Volunteer comes to the Centre three days a week, and has many opportunities to learn new skills for themselves, before giving support to the visually impaired client. The staff of the Rehabilitation Centre offer support in the most unobtrusive way, and the volunteer who might have little or no understanding of what it is like to lose a major sense, can, by listening and affirming, be part of the process which enables the client regain their confidence and independence.
Regular supervision is given by Mike and his dedicated professional staff, and the volunteer is accepted as part of the team, learning not only new skills but insights into the courage and fortitude of people faced with a life changing situation.