Supporting Parents and Carers of children with a Visual Impairment
...because we care

LOOK UK: Who We Are and What We Do

LOOK UK is a small national charity supporting vision impaired young people and their families to thrive. Since we were founded in 1991, we’ve been championing the potential of blind and partially sighted young people and spreading the vital message that vision impaired people are as capable as anyone else.

Everything we do at LOOK is geared towards boosting young people’s confidence, learning new skills and making new connections.

LOOK Mentoring

“My mentor has given me the confidence to talk about my vision impairment to my friends and teachers.” (LOOK Mentee Harriet)

 

group picture of mentors, all smiling in the sunshine.

We run a free peer to peer mentoring scheme, linking vision impaired 11-29-year-olds with a vision impaired mentor

Our fantastic team of trained mentors are all vision impaired themselves and offer guidance on a range of issues including:

  • Navigating school and friendships
  • accessing fashion
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Support at university
  • Working out your employment goals

The programme is online, safe and monitored.

 LOOK Events

I thought this weekend was incredible. As a mum of a vision impaired child, it was amazing to be part of such a supportive community, where families came together to talk and share experiences.” (Jane)

 

Mentors and young people chatting and laughing over lunch

Our dynamic team of mentors help create and lead all LOOK activities. Our events bring young people and families together for workshops on assistive technology, emotional support, cooking, employability, speaking up for yourself and more.

Parent Support

“Everything felt easier when I realised I could talk to people who really understood.”

 

mentors, parents, and young people smiling with the LOOK banner in the background

The journey you are taking with your vision impaired child is sometimes far from easy.  Finding the right information or help can take time and strength.  LOOK is a vital point of contact. We bring parents together for support, a chance to share experiences and learn from our mentors.

We will listen and support you.

We can connect you with others in the same situation; in person at our events, and online via our Parents Facebook group.

LOOK Holiday Flat

image of sunny Scarborough coastline.

We have a cosy, comfortably furnished flat, available to rent for vision impaired people and families in Scarborough.  Walking distance from the sea, the ground floor flat has two bedrooms, sleeps five with space for a cot. Long and short breaks can be booked at very reasonable rates, available to LOOK members.

LOOK Voices

Roving reporters out recording sounds outdoors

The Look Voices project empowers vision impaired young people to tell their stories to the world. We provide media training to our Roving Reporters who create the

Look podcast, newsletter and YouTube channel. Get involved! Have your say!

LOOK Youth Forum

The LOOK youth forum runs on Thursdays after school in Hereford during term-time. It’s a chance for VI young people at secondary school to meet, take part in discussion evenings and try out activities like recording podcasts and cooking!

Employment Schools Workshops

We run Employability Roadshows in schools, designed to prepare vision impaired students for the world of work.  Led by LOOK staff and mentors workshops can focus on discussing career aspirations, practicing mock interviews, disclosing a vision impairment and more.

London Marathon

LOOK director and LOOK runners

Every year we have a team of amazing runners who take on the 26.2-mile London marathon for LOOK.  By running for LOOK, you can make a real difference to the lives of the young people we support.

If you would like to Speak to one of the LOOK team about taking part in any of our services, please email info@look-uk.orgor call 01432376314.

 

 

Below are the pages available to read on our website:
Welcome / LOOK People / Blog / Membership / What we do / LOOK Helpline / Events / LOOK Magazine / OutLOOK Youth Project / OutLOOK Audio Magazine / Friends / Fund Raising / Run for LOOK / Donations / Legacy Gifts / Holiday Flat / Contact / Feedback / OutLOOK Connect / Links / Parent Groups / Youth Groups / Education / Accessibility / Accessibility Options / Change Viewing Styles / Browser Help