Getting around safely 

Mobility skills

Due to the current restrictions on social distancing, we have had to pause all our face-to-face services, including our orientation and mobility service. Unfortunately, this means we’re not able to operate in the way we would want to. 

During this period, we’ve adjusted the way we can offer support by replacing our services with online and telephone support (Covid-19 Sight Loss information line 0800 781 1444) as much as possible, until the situation improves.

We’ve also created a range of ‘hints and tips’ guidance to support your independence and wellbeing during this challenging time. Both outdoors and indoors.

This includes a podcast series, videos and written guidance, based on practical tips ranging from mobility and independent living skills, and how to make use of the technology available.

In this section...

Techniques to help you move around safely and independently.

Techniques for when you want to walk across a large open space.

A technique to help you walk safely through hallways and rooms, walk in a straight line or to learn more about what is around you. 

A technique to help you learn the new layout of a room.

A technique that can be used to help you find dropped items and become familiar with what’s near you. 

Guide to help you locate dropped items.

A guide for navigating stairs or steps with your long cane.

A technique when moving around indoors or when you may need some extra protection.

A guide to using a cane to locate different changes in the floor surface, such as steps and texture.