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Kent Association for the Blind

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How KAB can help you

We understand that losing some, or all of your sight can be a very worrying time and we are here to help and support you for as long as you need us.

We provide a range of services that support people living with sight impairments to remain as independent as possible. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been living with a sight impairment or how much sight you have, our Rehabilitation Workers can help you remain safe, mobile and independent. We tailor our support to meet your individual needs to ensure you get the help required, and this can include:

  • Teaching you new skills and techniques that enable you to be independent at home and when you’re out and about.
  • Providing you with equipment designed to keep you safe and independent.
  • Explaining your eye condition and showing you how to make the best use of any remaining vision you have.
  • Offering advice about benefits that may be available to help support you financially.
  • Putting you in touch with other useful services, like free Kent Talking News, and other organisations that can offer you additional support.
  • Referring you for on-going personal support to help with your correspondence, transport, and other day-to-day tasks.
  • Giving you information about clubs and groups in your area where you can meet other sight impaired people or take up new hobbies and activities.

Contact your local KAB Rehab team

 Kent Advocacy Service

Kent Advocacy LogoIf you live in Kent and need support with your social care assessment or with an issue relating to your sight impairment, you may be eligible for the Kent Advocacy Service. To discuss a self referral for a professional Advocate to work with you, contact the provider, SEAP, on 0300 3435714, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text SEAP to 80800.

SEAP LogoseAp is an independent charity that provides free independent and confidential advocacy services. They provide independent advocacy services to help resolve issues or concerns you may have about your health and wellbeing or your health and social care services. They aim to ensure that:

  • You are in control of decisions which are made about you.
  • Your experiences, views, wishes and feelings are heard.
  • You can contribute to improving the health and care services you use.

KAB ECLO Service

KAB has Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) working in the Ophthalmic Departments of hospitals across Kent, Bromley and Bexley. Fran Smith is based at Maidstone, Medway Maritime and Pembury hospitals, Scott Jones is based at the Kent and Canterbury, the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM) and William Harvey hospitals, and Chris Wilsdon is based at the Princess Royal University Hospital and the Queen Mary Hospital. The ECLOs are there for emotional support, information about eye conditions and advice on the services available to people with sight impairments. This may include information about the registration process, benefits and concessions and local services. Most importantly the ECLOs are on hand to spend time with you and talk through any concerns you might have.

The ECLOs welcome calls or e-mails from anyone who is worried or nervous about attending an eye appointment at one of the clinics, and will do their very best to help make the visit as stress free as possible.

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Contact Scott Jones on 07890 526773 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Contact Fran Smith on 07773 070313

or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Contact Chris Wilsdon on 07795 558560 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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