Sight Loss Shropshire Leads the Way in Digital Skills and Accessibility for Visually Impaired People

Sight Loss Shropshire, a leading charity dedicated to supporting visually impaired people, is proud to share details of our Digital Skills & Accessibility Enablement Training programme.

Lottie, guide dog Olive and tech trainer Vicki at the Lantern library in Harlescott.
Sight Loss Shropshire volunteer Lottie, guide dog Olive and tech trainer Vicki in the library at The Lantern in Harlescott, Shrewsbury, one of many community hubs for the training.

This initiative aims to support people with sight loss by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to use their smartphones, tablets or smart speakers with confidence.

Part of Shropshire Council’s Digital Skills Programme, and supported by funding from Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, Ulverscroft Foundation and Wenlock Forester Trust, Sight Loss Shropshire has developed this training for visually impaired people which is tailored specifically to the needs of each person.

Through personalised one-to-one sessions, participants will learn how to effectively use smartphones, and other devices to access information, communicate with others, and perform everyday tasks independently, such as checking the weather and reading the news; accessing library and audio books; and reading printed labels, cooking instructions, letters and documents through the use of an app.

“We are thrilled to run this initiative aimed at promoting digital inclusion and accessibility for visually impaired people in Shropshire,” said Swan Staar-Slogrove, Sight Loss Shropshire’s Manager.

“Technology can help with daily living and support independence for people living with sight loss. Through our Digital Skills & Accessibility Enablement programme, we are empowering people living with sight loss to harness the full potential of technology and accessibility functions. If you are already a tech user who is struggling to access your device due to sight loss, or you’re a complete newbie, no matter how much or little vision you have, we can help.”

The free training is available to visually impaired people of all ages in the Shropshire area. Sessions take place in-person in a friendly, relaxed and informal environment in community hubs across the county.

For more information or to book your place, call 07778 956096 or email