Are you a parent of a blind or partially sighted teenager worried about how they are going to manage their finances independently in the future? How will they budget, access their bank account, manage their benefits and pay bills themselves? We cannot wrap our children in cotton wool but it can be hard to imagine what steps need to be taken in order for them to take charge of their money (including benefits) in a safe and responsible way. What about more vulnerable visually impaired young people with complex needs, what does financial independence look like for them?

On March 25th our panel of experts will help you begin to think about the best way forward for your family. Dominic Milne who works for the RNIB as a Legal Rights Advisor will talk about PIP, Employment and Support Allowance, Access to Work and other financial support your VI young people could be entitled to as they become adults. He will also explain what being an appointee involves and how you make decisions in the best interests of your child as they move into adulthood. 

Joining Dominic to share their lived experience are three LOOK mentors who will tell us about the transition to organising and being in control of their PIP and other benefits, how they manage their finances and what support they got from their parents when it came to taking control of their money themselves.

Nicky Ralls, expert parent from our LOOK community, will share her experience of supporting her two children who have different, complex needs. Understanding when you can let go and when you need to intervene is a tricky process. 

Please join us online on the 25th March for an interesting discussion which will help you consider the steps you need to take to ensure your child becomes as financially independent as possible. To register for the event and ask questions in advance please use this form.