Family Focus Project

Supporting families and children aged 0-4 years with sight loss

Child using a lightbox

Child using a lightbox

Family Focus is a Big Lottery funded project led by Guide Dogs’ Children and Young Peoples Services in partnership with Angel Eyes NI and Sense NI.

The project supports:

  • Monthly Time to Play groups across Northern Ireland

  • Habilitation assessment by specialists

  • Family Support from diagnosis and every early milestone

  • A chance to meet other families at the same age and stage

The project also aims to increase the understanding of the experience of parenting a child with sight loss to improve services throughout Northern Ireland.

Our structured monthly Early Years Groups bring together babies and pre-school children with visual impairment in a fun environment that encourages early movement and learning through play.

The groups give parents the opportunity to meet and share experiences, build skills and confidence and support them in maximising their child’s potential.

The groups cater for all children aged 0-4 years with sight loss, with specific groups available for children with complex needs.