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Awareness Training

Raising awareness of the practical and emotional impact of sensory loss

To support our vision of “A Scotland aware of the needs of people with sensory impairment, that includes them as equal participants in community life and offers them the opportunities available to all”, NESS delivers Sensory Awareness Training, raising awareness of the practical and emotional impact of sensory loss.

Our Sensory Awareness Training combines e-learning and a video conference to provide you with the knowledge, skills, confidence and awareness to be supportive and inclusive of people living with a sensory impairment, that is someone who is living with a sight loss and/or a hearing loss.

Once you have completed the training you will:

  • Be aware of the range of ways vision is affected by sight loss
  • Be aware of the different degrees of deafness and the different ways these impact on communication
  • Be aware of the practical and emotional barriers that affect people living with a sensory loss day to day
  • Understand the different mobility techniques that someone who is visually impaired might use
  • Understand basic sighted guiding skills
  • Be aware of how to communicate more effectively with someone with a hearing loss
  • Understand what British Sign Language is and who uses it
  • Understand the communication and information needs of people who are visually impaired, living with a hearing loss or who use British Sign Language as their first language.
  • Be aware of some of the daily living aids and technology that someone with a sensory loss might use to maintain their independence.

How is the training being delivered? 

We have created an e-learning course, which is hosted on NESS’s own training site. The training is broken down into Visual Awareness and Deaf Awareness and includes a range of materials, including quizzes, videos and exercises.  Once you have worked your way through the e-learning, you will take part in a video conference to discuss some of the content, share your experiences of sensory loss and ask any questions that you may have.  This is designed to be interactive and to replicate some of the discussion that would happen naturally at face-to-face training.

Booking your place 

You can book your place by selecting the date you want to attend the video conference and completing the Booking Form below online. This will allow us to place you in a group with others who will join you at the video conference.

Once we have received your booking, we will send you joining instructions for the e-learning on NESS’s training website.  Please note, it may take a few days for the information to be sent to you.  If you have not heard from us within a week, please get in touch by phoning NESS on 0345 271 2345 or emailing training@nesensoryservices.org.

Paying for your training 

There is some funding to cover the cost of the training for some people.

  • If you work for a public or third sector organisation in Aberdeen city, the cost of the training is covered by the Aberdeen See Hear Strategy Fund.
  • If you are employed by Moray Health and Social Care Partnership or Angus Health and Social Care Partnership (that is you are employed by the Moray Council or Angus Council, or employed by NHS Grampian in Moray, or NHS Tayside in Angus) you do not have to pay for the training. As part of our contracts with the Health and Social Care Partnerships in those areas we have funding to deliver training to employees of the HSCPs.  This does not apply to organisations who are funded by the HSCPs but not employed by them.
  • If you are employed by another public or third sector organisation in Moray, Angus or elsewhere, the training costs £40 per person.
  • If you are employed by a private organisation, the cost of the training is £60 per person.

Completing the training 

The e-learning module is hosted on NESS’s training website.  Once you have booked onto training, we will send you the log in for the site with your joining instructions.  You can work your way through the e-learning in your own time.  It should take about 4- 6 hours in total, and we recommend doing a little bit at a time.  We recommend you completing the e-learning prior to joining the video conference.

The video conference will take place on Microsoft Teams.  We will send you a Microsoft Teams invitation to the video conference a about a week before the training.  This is an opportunity for you to share experiences of sensory loss with others and discuss the practical and emotional impact of sensory loss, while linking what you have learned to your own practice.

Tailored Awareness Training

As well as our online e-learning, we can deliver Tailored Training remotely.  We can tailor our Sensory Awareness Training to meet your needs and deliver it at a time to suit you.  All Tailored Training can be delivered via Teams, or via your own video conferencing facilities. Please get in touch directly to discuss your training needs and to find out about costs.

Talks 

We can deliver talks to your community group about what NESS does and how NESS supports people who have a sensory loss.  At the moment, talks are taking place remotely, using Microsoft Teams or your own video conferencing facilities.  Please get in touch to arrange for us to talk to your group.

Get in touch to find out about our training and our talks

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