Vision Support Resource Centres

Our fully trained staff and volunteers at the Vision Support Resource Centres demonstrate and order specialist equipment to assist with daily living. They also have a range of information on our services and other services available locally and nationally.

We currently have three Resource Centres, based in Halton, Wrexham and Chester and we also have a Community Information Service that consists of two vehicles that travel around North Wales and Cheshire visiting various locations to provide the same service.

Vision Support Community Information Service

Vision Support realise that not everyone is able to come to our resource centres and that is why we provide a mobile Community Information Service that visits different locations throughout North Wales, Cheshire and Halton.

Please Click Here for Community Information Service schedules

The Chester Vision Centre at the Bluecoat Building

The Chester Vision Centre is a drop-in facility in Chester city centre offering peer-to-peer support, advice and training for people with a vision impairment, plus a range of volunteer opportunities open to all. The centre is run by and for blind and partially sighted people who will influence its current 

and future work through a project management group. The Vision Centre has been made possible with support from Chester Lions, who raised money to establish the centre, it wouldn’t have happened without their help.

A range of clubs and activities will be run from the Centre. It will also offer advice, information and access to resources (such as equipment to help with daily living).  There will be an emphasis on offering peer-to-peer support and problem solving within the Centre.

The acquisition of skills will also be a priority for both volunteers and service users. Vision Support will offer communication skills training including digital inclusion training and braille lessons.  In addition short courses in ‘Living with Sight Loss’ will be run to ensure people with vision impairment have up to date information on a wide range of relevant issues.

Address:- Bluecoat Square, Upper Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire,CH1 4EE

To find out more about what is on offer at the Chester Vision Centre and to check the opening hours please phone 01244 381515.

Halton Sensory Services Centre

Situated in Widnes Town Centre, the Halton Sensory Services Centre on Widnes Road, offers the following services:

  • A display of equipment designed for the visually impaired

  • Information leaflets.

  • Rehabilitation Assistants who will visit Service Users in their own homes to provide advice and relieve social isolation.

  • IT lessons

  • Social Groups

  • Braille class

Address:- Halton Sensory Services Centre, Widnes Road, Widnes, WA8 6AX (0151) 511 8801

Opening times are Monday to Friday 9:30am to 2:30pm

Wrexham Resource Centre

Our resource centre at the AVOW Centre in Wrexham is situated in the town centre and it is close to the bus station.

Address:-  Room 1, AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham LL11 1ND (01978) 318813

We have 3 resource centres located across North Wales and Cheshire (Click Here for Details) and our Community Information Service carries a wide variety of equipment and daily living aids.

Lighting is vital around the home and our staff will advise and demonstrate suitable and affordable lamps.

Some of the most popular items are talking watches and clocks which can cost as little as £8.99 for a basic plastic version and up to £25.95 for a radio controlled watch which automatically adjusts to Winter or Summer Time with a wide range of styles and prices in between. The ever popular cube clock is still available at £24.99 and a radio controlled alarm clock costs £34.95.

Wraparound anti-glare glasses can help to ease the discomfort experienced by many people with a visual impairment. We stock a choice of tints so that you can find the right one for your eye condition and these start at £6.50 per pair.

Talking kitchen scales, timers and talking bathroom scales can help you retain your independence.

Bump-ons ( raised self adhesive rubberised bumps) are a simple and effective way to mark everyday items around the home.

The Pen Friend device is a pocket sized product that uses self adhesive labels and records and plays back information to identify food items, including frozen food, household paperwork, shopping lists and even film and music collections. This currently costs £79.99 (ex-VAT).

Calendars and diaries are also available from early November onwards.

The staff at all our centres are happy to demonstrate any equipment and are fully trained to offer advice and information on all our services and other services available locally and nationally.

Our Community Information Service visits local communities making it easier to access these services for those unable to travel to our resource centres.