Our sighted guiding training teaches you how to guide a person with sight loss, with confidence, skill and empathy.  

Much like learning how to perform first aid, sighted guiding is a useful life skill. It will give you the confidence to know how to act when you meet someone who is blind or partially sighted, and the guiding techniques to help them if they need it.

We offer two training programmes. Our ‘Introduction to Sighted Guiding Training’ is for anyone wanting to learn the basic skills. While our ‘Friends and Family Sighted Guiding Training’ is for those who want to help a loved one with a vision impairment, and meet people with similar experiences.

Introduction to Sighted Guiding Training 

This training is ideal for anyone who is keen to learn the basics of how to guide someone who is blind or partially sighted.

This hour-long training is available to anyone over the age of 18 and is delivered in a live, online session by one of our expert staff. It will cover: 

  • How to start a conversation when you meet someone who is blind or partially sighted, to ask if they need assistance.
  • Basic guiding techniques for crossing roads, getting around obstacles and getting in and out of cars.
  • An introduction to common eye conditions and their impact.
  • Awareness of access rights and barriers to independence.

By learning some simple sighted guiding techniques, you’ll be well on your way to providing help confidently and safely whenever needed. A maximum of 15 people can attend a live session. 

Sign up to a free, one-hour session to learn this essential skill

Friends and Family Sighted Guiding Training

This training is ideal for anyone who wants to feel confident when guiding a loved one with a vision impairment. Help your loved ones get out and about and do the things they enjoy - from garden centres to gigs.

In this practical group session, you’ll learn or refresh the skills to guide safely, with expert support from our team. And you’ll meet people in a similar situation for mutual support. 

Friends and family of those with sight loss can simply sign up for a live, one and a half hour, virtual training session where you’ll:

  • Learn how to help your loved one get around the obstacles they come across every day, so that they can get out and about with confidence.
  • Top tips for practical guiding, such as the correct grip to use, walking through narrow spaces and how to detect changes on the ground and at head level.
  • Discuss some of the emotional consequences of sight loss.
  • Get an introduction to issues around access rights for those with sight loss.
  • Meet others with similar experiences, with the chance to share knowledge, offer support and even form friendships.

These sessions are specifically tailored to the support networks of a person with sight loss and you can attend either by yourself or with a group of friends and family. They are regularly delivered by our regional teams and generally last around two hours.

It’s free, fast and easy. In less than two hours you can make a world of difference to your loved one.

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