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"Just wanted to say how impressed I am with this at present; it is even more a helpful resource than usual. Thank you." - Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired on WCB's information service.

The restrictions brought in to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have not gone away, and seem set to remain in various forms for quite some time. We at WCB are concerned that blind and partially sighted people face additional barriers and attitudinal challenges to combat. Therefore we want to ensure that the best information gets out to people with sight loss and to people who work with them.

WCB shall produce information packs and online resources to assist people with sight loss in negotiating the measures put in place under the Covid-19 pandemic.

We shall look at a number of domains:

How you can help us.

We want to know what the specific measures are in place across the various areas of Retail, Education, Social Care, health, Employment, and Transport and, importantly, what the impacts might be for blind and partially sighted people. What adjustments are necessary to enable people with sight loss to overcome these impacts and participate fully? Do you have any stories to tell about problems faced and solutions reached?

Please contact us on 02920 473954 or email richard@wcb-ccd.org.uk.

We at WCB would like to reassure members that we are still working and will continue to provide advice and support via telephone or email.

Telephone: 02920 473954

Staff Email addresses:

Owen Williams (Director) - owen@wcb-ccd.org.uk
Rebecca Phillips (External Engagement Officer) -
bec@wcb-ccd.org.uk
Richard Bowers (Communications Officer) -
richard@wcb-ccd.org.uk

RESET Publications

1) The first publication was based on the Welsh Government FAQ on the firebreak lockdown. The won't be available here as it is no longer relevant.

2) Education [Word format]

GENERAL ADVICE AND RESOURCES.

Please help us to keep these relevant and up-to-date.

On this page:

SUPPORT IN YOUR AREA.

Go here for UK and Wales-wide general sight loss and specialist organisation contacts.)

For contacts in local authorities (local community support and local sight loss organisations):

These are also available as patient booklets in Word format.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND ADVICE.

What happens now the 'circuit-breaker' has ended?

The Welsh Government has produced an FAQ on current restrictions: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

How to book a test if you have symptoms.

Anyone experiencing these coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature and continuous cough – is able to apply for a home testing kit using the new UK online portal. For further information and a link to the booking website visit: 

Alternatively, members of the public can apply for a home testing kit by phoning the free number 119. 

People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119.

What is contact tracing?

Welsh Government is attmpting to map the occurences of Coronavirus in Wales and needs your help if you've tested positive for the virus. To find out more about how this is happening, go to https://gov.wales/contact-tracing-your-questions

Shielding guidance in Wales.

https://gov.wales/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-people-defined-on-medical-grounds-as-extremely-vulnerable-from-coronavirus-covid-19-html

Welsh Government guidance for unpaid carers.

https://gov.wales/guidance-unpaid-carers-coronavirus-covid-19-html

Welsh Government links to help and information in Wales.

https://seneddresearch.blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-constituency-support/

Health and behavioural advice.

For advice and updates about the Coronavirus, visit these official websites:

Information in other languages.

Covid 19 videos in a number of languages (for England primarily): http://hawaherts.co.uk/covid-19-advice-in-other-languages/

Also: http://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

 

Contact:

This page is being maintained by Richard Bowers: richard@wcb-ccd.org.uk. Please send updates and corrections to him.