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Need to Talk Programme

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Many people find it helpful to talk through their feelings with someone outside their usual circle of family and friends. If you need to talk, we’re here to listen.

Our Need to Talk team can offer free support to adults and young people (over the age of eleven) who are blind or partially sighted, and anyone who supports a person with sight loss.

Who is Need to Talk for?

If you live in the border region of Ireland (Donegal, Louth, Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim and Monaghan), Northern Ireland or Western Scotland, our Need to Talk service can offer you free counselling and confidence building. The Need to Talk team is made up of skilled counsellors and confidence-building professionals who have extensive experience in supporting people impacted by sight loss.

So if you have experienced sight loss and feel worried about the future or changes you are facing, contact the Need to Talk team today on 01 674 6496 or

If you reside elsewhere in Ireland, you may also be able to avail of the Insight Counselling Service, which provides face-to-face and telephone counselling to people living with sight loss. You can contact Insight on 01 674 6496 or

Firstly, you’ll need to tell us a bit about yourself, and together we’ll discuss what you would like our help with and explore what support might work best for you.

Need to Talk is delivered in a number of ways:

  • Face-to-face counselling – available in Donegal, Louth, Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim and Monaghan delivered by Fighting Blindness
  • Telephone counselling
  • Face-to-face Living with Sight Loss courses

I have been struggling with sight loss for 30 years, trying to live in a sighted world where no one really understood. Now, since receiving counselling, I’ve a whole new lease of life. I am now filled with hopes and dreams and my world is a much brighter place filled with endless possibilities. – Helen Murphy

Emotional Support Vision Champion’ course – for professionals

This free short online course (approximately 90 minutes) will equip you to provide the best possible emotional support and practical advice to your current or future patients, clients, customers, and colleagues.

Register for our ‘Emotional Support Vision Champion’ course

About the project

Need to Talk is a five-year project (2017 – 2021) delivered through a partnership between RNIB in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and Fighting Blindness in the Republic of Ireland.

Our service is completely confidential. We will not pass on any personal information without your consent. The only exception would be if we had very serious concerns about your safety or that of others. In this case, we would discuss this with you and encourage you to seek emergency support.

Download our Need to Talk booklet.

Visit the RNIB website for more information and resources.

Project sponsor

The €1.8million cross-border project is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


We adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions and comply with the Data Protection Act.