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 sight and/or hearing loss.

Once you have completed the training you will have the knowledge, skills, confidence and awareness to be supportive and inclusive of people living with a sensory impairment. By the end of 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 able 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 structured? 

Our Sensory Awareness Training combines e-learning  which provides you all the back ground knowledge of about sensory impairment and a video conference on Microsoft Teams to explore the practical and emotional impact.

The e-learning part of the training is broken down into Visual Awareness and Deaf Awareness and includes quizzes, videos and exercises.  Once you have worked your way through the e-learning, you will take part in a video conference on Microsoft Teams to discuss the practical and emotional impact of sensory loss, share your personal and/or professional experiences of sensory loss and ask any questions that you may have.  The Teams meeting 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 completing the Booking Form (opens in a new window). When you book, please choose which Microsoft Teams session you would like to attend from the list on the form.  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.  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

Paying for 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  sector organisation, the cost of the training is £60 per person.

Please get in touch (takes you the Contact Us page) if you would like to find out more about the training.

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 (opens Contact Us page) directly to discuss your training needs and to find out about costs.


We can deliver talks to your community group about what NESS does and how NESS supports people who have a sensory loss.  These can be delivered remotely or face-to-face, following all Covid safety guidance.  Please get in touch (opens Contact Us page) to arrange for us to talk to your group.


After doing the online learning modules, the session with Libby reinforced and gave opportunities to ask questions and share experiences which was really helpful.

– Sensory Awareness Training Participant


This training was ideal for me! I had very little background knowledge, so I was coming in as a complete beginner, and I found the training very enjoyable, interesting and useful to complete.

– Sensory Awareness Training Participant

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