At Southampton Sight we believe that it is the interests of all of us to ensure young people living with sight loss have the opportunity to engage in activities that inspire, build self-esteem and confidence. Statistics show that young people living with sight loss have a steep hill to climb to ensure an economic active future.
In 2018/19 we started a new social action group for young people living with sight loss based at Oasis Academy Sholing. This was funded by #iwill fund (Hampshire and IOW Community Foundation) and Wates Giving and is a partnership project between the school, the local authority and Southampton Sight. From the beginning we were keen to incorporate careers advice and work aspirations as a running theme in all our work. One young person, who has attended as many of the activities as possible, started this journey with low self-esteem and little aspiration for her future. With support from the school, the local authority mobility team (subcontracted to Guide Dogs) and this project we are beginning to see the signs of a butterfly coming to life. Recently after attending a Careers Fair and meeting a nurse who also lives with sight loss this young person has started to really think about her future and what she can do NOT what she can’t. That’s a result in my book! And an example that by working with statutory agencies, local charities and businesses offering activities for young people we are making a difference together.