Our Services & Programs

VIP Hospital Kits

The Vision Impaired Persons (VIP) Hospital Kit provides practical information and resources for people who are blind or have low vision when they are admitted to hospital and for patients in hospital who may have lost sight or become blind during the course of their admission. The kit has also been designed as a resource for hospital staff so they can provide appropriate care to patients who are blind and have low vision.

Information in the ‘VIP Hospital Kit’ is presented in large print and audio formats and can be produced in Braille on request.

For more information please click on the following link, Contact Us.

CBS Peer support programs

We offer our members – and potential members – an opportunity to engage in quality community-based activities that accommodate their passions and interests.

We are proud to offer the following volunteer-run programs on a regular basis:

Wednesday Audio Book Group

First Wednesday each month, 10.00AM, CBS Offices.

The Wednesday Audio Book Group invites book lovers to explore and discuss a diverse range of books with an equally diverse range of peers.

Wednesday Arts & Crafts Class

Second and fourth Wednesday each month, 10.00AM, CBS Offices.
The Wednesday Art Class Group encourages participants to explore and unleash their creative spirit in a social and supportive environment.

Thursday Braille Support Group

Thursdays during school term, 10.00AM, CBS Offices.

The Thursday Braille Support Group are peer support sessions open to people who are blind or vision impaired, parents and carers and professionals working in the blindness field. Instruction is offered in United English Braille (UEB) code.

Tactile Finger Spelling is also offered as needed. The course enables participants to communicate with people who are deaf/blind. Please contact the office for more information.

Friday Sense-Able Cooking Group

Third Friday each month, 10.00AM, CBS Offices.

The Friday Sense-Able Cooking Group is designed to help people with diminishing vision to prepare meals in confidence. Have fun with friends, try new recipes, learn about new products and how to use your other senses to help you.

Friday Discussion and Excursion (DAE) Group

Bi-monthly, on a Friday, throughout the year, various locations.

The Friday DAE Group invites people who are blind or have low vision to meet for a discussion on a particular topic or to get out and about Canberra on an excursion. The group visits Floriade, museums, the Botanic Gardens and any other venues the group agrees on. Volunteers are always welcome to come along.

Birrigai ‘Come and Try’ Weekend

Each year CBS holds a recreational weekend camp at Birrigai Outdoor School. The purpose of the weekend is to provide a range of community recreation options for people to try and to provide a comfortable venue for social events, Participants are expected to pay $60 towards the camp with accommodation, meals and transport provided. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult.