What does it do?

ESAB offers support and advice to help our members gain or rebuild their confidence and maintain their independence as they adjust to living without sight. We offer mobility training, skills courses, demonstrations and advice on specialist equipment and information on access to services and social activities.

ESAB’s service starts with an initial home visit, in which a person’s specific needs are assessed. A personalised plan is then agreed which may include a referral to one or maybe several of our services. These include:

  • Mobility training: to enable people to manage around their home and get out and about. 
  • Demonstrations and advice on specialist equipment to assist with daily living tasks. ESAB has a Resource Centre fully equipped with both low and high tech equipment. 
  • Training to use computers and specialist software which can greatly facilitate access to information, news, shopping and keeping in touch with family. 
  • A four-day course on Strategies for Daily Living to impart basic skills and knowledge for managing with sight loss. 
  • Training in cookery and kitchen skills to enable fresh food to be prepared and cooked safely. 
  • Access to social groups and social activities 
  • Access to audio equipment to maintain access to news and books 
  • Providing appropriate information and referring to other agencies for additional support or services. 
  • Access to counselling and / or peer support to promote well-being and confidence. 
  • Our volunteer-run home visiting service.

ESAB can also provide Deaf-Blind Communicators to attend hospital appointments or important meetings.



Who it is for?

Adults with a visual impairment who live in East Sussex or Brighton and Hove

Where it is available?

Local service (Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Wealden, Brighton & Hove, Rother).

What it costs:

All of our services are provided free of charge. However, we ask members to pay £10 per year, if they can, to support ESAB and allow us to continue providing these services

How to access or apply for it:

By telephone: 01323 832 252

By email:

By post:
ESAB, Prospects House, 7-9 George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1AD

What to expect then:

A response from ESAB to discuss your situation and to put you in contact with our Low Vision Officer who will arrange to visit you in your home for a chat and assessment of your needs.


Info last updated:

Prospects House, 7-9 George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AD