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New Sight Loss Council Launched for London!

New Sight Loss Council Launched for London all Members are visually impaired!

NEW SIGHT LOSS COUNCIL LAUNCHED FOR LONDON

London now has a Sight Loss Council to advocate the needs of blind and partially sighted people and influence positive change in the capital.

The announcement comes after the successful appointment of 14 members, all of whom are visually impaired themselves.

Facilitated by London Vision with funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and the Vision Foundation, it forms part of the national network of Sight Loss Councils established by TPT.

Cathy Low, CEO of London Vision, said: “The formation of a London Sight Loss Council has generated a lot of interest from applicants across the capital. Sight Loss Councils promote engagement and self-advocacy and can effect real change – as demonstrated already with Sight Loss Councils’ work across the country.

“The 14 members come from a range of locations and backgrounds across the capital.  London is an incredibly diverse city and this diversity is reflected in our members to ensure a variety of views and experiences is represented.”

Members of the new London Sight Loss Council are:

  • Charmaine Ashpole
  • Davinder Kullar
  • Heran Thillainathan
  • Jonathon Arbo
  • Jurgen Donaldson
  • Lucy Williams
  • Mariza Jurgens
  • Martia Bevan
  • Rachel Bowden Waterson
  • Renu Walia
  • Selina Mills
  • Steven Rattray
  • Steve Reed
  • Vicky Blencowe

One of the new members of the council, Jurgen Donaldson, said: “Sight Loss Councils have been supporting the visually impaired community across the UK since 2016. I am excited to be part of launching this new London Sight Loss Council and to be part of improving the day-to-day lives of people in our community across this great city”.

The first LSLC meeting will take place virtually in January 2021 where members will establish key priority areas for focus, using their knowledge and lived experience.

Cathy added: “The London Sight Loss Council will complement the network of local sight loss organisations and strive to collaborate and form partnerships across the capital.”

For further information or images please contact: Rosalind Duignan-Pearson, London Vision, rosalind.duignan-pearson@londonvision.org  0203 761 3651 or 07974 578 637.

About Sight Loss Councils

London Sight Loss Council, led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, advocates the needs of blind and partially sighted people and influences positive change in the capital.

Facilitated by London Vision with funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and Vision Foundation, it forms part of the national network of Sight Loss Councils (SLC) established by TPT.

SLCs are currently operating in Birmingham, Black Country, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne & Wear and Bedfordshire. Each SLC is made up of around 10-12 blind and partially sighted members who meet monthly to discuss accessibility issues and plan projects in their regions under the six priority themes of education, employment, technology, health and social care, transport, sport and leisure. Over the next year Thomas Pocklington Trust will be extending its SLCs across the country. www.sightlosscouncils.org.uk

 

 About London Vision

Our vision is a society and capital city where blind and partially sighted people can participate fully.

Our mission is to make London more equal and inclusive so that people who are blind and partially sighted can advantage of all that the UK’s capital city has to offer.

www.londonvision.org

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About the Vision Foundation

The Vision Foundation transforms the lives of people facing or living with sight loss by funding projects that inform, empower and include.

Being blind or partially sighted shouldn’t mean you’re left out, isolated or held back. But too many people are. That’s why we amplify the voices of blind and partially sighted people, and inspire others to advocate and take action.

Our mission is to make London a shining example of a sight loss aware city.

www.visionfoundation.org.uk

 

Upcoming Online Sight Loss Sessions with London Vision!

Last three Online Sight Loss Sessions in 2020 with London Vision!

Sight Loss Sessions 

Since July London Vision has hosted more than 20 sessions exploring the challenges of living with sight loss and the solutions that help overcome the challenges our sessions are friendly and relaxed, and we ensure that everyone has time to talk.

Attendees tell us it makes a huge difference being able to talk to others in similar circumstances.

Each session is themed, and we cover a variety of topics from registration, rights and benefits to sport and leisure. We welcome friends and family and if you’ve never used Zoom we will do our very best to explain how it all works.

If you would like to learn more, get in touch via e-mail info@londonvision.org  or call  020 3761 3651.  Why not take a look below and pick a session; We look forward to meeting you:

Upcoming Online Sight Loss Sessions

Everyday Living: life hacks

Tuesday 3rd November 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm;

We will explore different techniques that you can use to live independently with sight loss, whether it’s filling a cup with water or cooking a roast dinner. We will hear from others with sight loss how they tackle everyday tasks

 

Sport Leisure & Hobbies

Tuesday 10th November 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

We will explore sport leisure and hobbies and we’ll be joined by Jessica Beal and Metro Blind Sport.

 

Reading

 Thursday 12th November 6 pm – 7 pm

We’ll explore the joys of reading whether using a magnifier, Braille or one of the spoken word library services. We’re hoping to announce a guest speaker for this session shortly

 

Introduction to Assistive Technology

Tuesday 17th November 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

The session will be led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington’s technology team.  We will explore how every day technologies can be made usable by people with sight loss We’ll talk about phones, tablet computers, smart speakers and computers.

 

Advanced Technology

Tuesday 17th November 6pm – 7.30pm

The session will be led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington’s technology team he’ll be joined by Davinder from RNIB’s technology for life team. This session is for people who regularly use technology but want to trouble shoot a problem or ask how to complete a certain activity. If you’d like to come along, we’d like to have your questions in advance. info@londonvision.oprg

 

Feel Good

 Monday 23rd November 2.30pm – 3.30pm

We’ll be exploring the frustrations of living with sight loss and how to remain relaxed, positive and healthy in body and mind.

 

Registration your rights, your benefits

Wednesday 2nd December 2.30-3.30

We’ll explore the Certification and registration process as blind and partially sighted and the benefits and rights it brings

 

Getting about safely

9th December 6-7pm

We’ll introduce you to some of the techniques used to move indoors and out safely and confidently with sight loss

 

Sport and Leisure

14th December 6-7pm

With the help of Metro blind sport and VocalEyes we’ll explore sporting, cultural and leisure activities in London and beyond

 

Quiz & Bizarre Facts about vision loss – Christmas fun

22nd December 6 pm – 7 pm

A slightly lighter look at living with sight loss

 

 

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Upcoming Online Sight Loss Sessions from London Vision!

Last three Online Sight Loss Sessions in 2020 with London Vision!

Sight Loss Sessions 

Since July London Vision has hosted more than 20 sessions exploring the challenges of living with sight loss and the solutions that help overcome the challenges our sessions are friendly and relaxed, and we ensure that everyone has time to talk.

Attendees tell us it makes a huge difference being able to talk to others in similar circumstances.

Each session is themed, and we cover a variety of topics from registration, rights and benefits to sport and leisure. We welcome friends and family and if you’ve never used Zoom we will do our very best to explain how it all works.

If you would like to learn more, get in touch via e-mail info@londonvision.org  or call  020 3761 3651.  Why not take a look below and pick a session; We look forward to meeting you:

Upcoming Online Sight Loss Sessions

 

Sport Leisure & Hobbies

Tuesday 10th November 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

We will explore sport leisure and hobbies and we’ll be joined by Jessica Beal and Metro Blind Sport.

 

Reading

 Thursday 12th November 6 pm – 7 pm

We’ll explore the joys of reading whether using a magnifier, Braille or one of the spoken word library services. We’re hoping to announce a guest speaker for this session shortly

 

Introduction to Assistive Technology

Tuesday 17th November 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

The session will be led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington’s technology team.  We will explore how every day technologies can be made usable by people with sight loss We’ll talk about phones, tablet computers, smart speakers and computers.

 

Advanced Technology

Tuesday 17th November 6pm – 7.30pm

The session will be led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington’s technology team he’ll be joined by Davinder from RNIB’s technology for life team. This session is for people who regularly use technology but want to trouble shoot a problem or ask how to complete a certain activity. If you’d like to come along, we’d like to have your questions in advance. info@londonvision.oprg

 

Feel Good

 Monday 23rd November 2.30pm – 3.30pm

We’ll be exploring the frustrations of living with sight loss and how to remain relaxed, positive and healthy in body and mind.

 

Registration your rights, your benefits

Wednesday 2nd December 2.30-3.30

We’ll explore the Certification and registration process as blind and partially sighted and the benefits and rights it brings

 

Getting about safely

9th December 6-7pm

We’ll introduce you to some of the techniques used to move indoors and out safely and confidently with sight loss

 

Sport and Leisure

14th December 6-7pm

With the help of Metro blind sport and VocalEyes we’ll explore sporting, cultural and leisure activities in London and beyond

 

Quiz & Bizarre Facts about vision loss – Christmas fun

22nd December 6 pm – 7 pm

A slightly lighter look at living with sight loss

 

 

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info@londonvision.org

www.londonvision.org

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Blind & VI Londoners Needed for London Sight Loss Council

Blind & Partially Sighted Londoners Needed for London Sight Loss Council

Blind and partially sighted Londoners needed for new London Sight Loss Council

London Vision is calling blind and partially sighted Londoners to join a soon-to-be-launched London Sight Loss Council to effect positive change in the capital.

The London Sight Loss Council will be led by blind and partially sighted volunteers and facilitated by London Vision with funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust and the Vision Foundation. It forms part of a national network of Sight Loss Councils, which advocate the needs of blind and partially sighted people and influence positive change.

The establishment of a volunteer-led London Sight Loss Council will empower blind and partially sighted people across the capital to tackle inequality, challenge decision-makers and achieve lasting change.

More information about the London Sight Loss Council, including information on how to apply to join can be found at www.londonvision.org/london-sight-loss-council

In addition to funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust, the Vision Foundation is providing a grant to London Vision to establish the new body and support the first year of this important project.

The Sight Loss Council will be complemented by a network of virtual Engagement Champions who will feed into the Council. They will connect and respond to localised issues and casework such as access to hospitals, issues of the built environment, local infrastructure, and sight loss rehabilitation services in different boroughs.

The London Sight Loss Council will also engage with London specific bodies such as Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, and will address the ongoing impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on blind and partially sighted people in the capital.

The work of the London Sight Loss Council will ensure the voices and experiences of blind and partially sighted people impacted by the pandemic inform changes in policy and practice for the future.

Cathy Low, CEO of London Vision said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in blind and partially sighted people in London facing disproportionate challenges when trying to access frontline services – services which were already subject to delays prior to the advent of COVID-19. The London Sight Loss Council will challenge these issues and work with public and corporate bodies to bring about meaningful change to benefit blind and partially sighted people in the capital”.

Judith Brodie, interim CEO of the Vision Foundation said: “We are proud to support this project, which will provide a much-needed platform for blind and partially sighted people in our capital. Now, more than ever before, it is essential that we work together and focus on preventing the advances of the past two decades being rolled back by responses to the pandemic.”

Emma Hughes, Director of Services at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “We have a developed a successful model for engagement and self-advocacy across the country through our Sight Loss Councils that influence real change within communities. We are pleased to see this adopted for the capital and we thank the Vision Foundation for the additional contribution it has made to get this off the ground.”

More information about the London Sight Loss Council please click on the link below.

 

 

Sight Loss: What You Need to Know – Zoom sessions

Sight Loss: What You Need to Know- Zoom sessions with London Vision

Sight Loss: What You Need to Know virtual /phone sessions

The London Vision team will be hosting Sight Loss: What You Need to Know sessions over the coming months. The sessions will take place on the digital meeting platform Zoom, but they will be accessible for people with computers and smartphones and for people who only have access to a landline phone.

Each session will be themed; we will cover different areas including reasons for registering as a blind partially sighted person and the benefits associated with registration; tips and tricks for living with sight loss; getting out and about; introduction to technology, and sport and leisure.

The sessions will be informal and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share your ideas. We will also keep the groups small to allow for conversations. Your friends or family are also welcome to join in with these sessions and discussions.

If you are interested in joining, please call Chris on 020 3761 3651 or get in touch via e-mail info@londonvision.org

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions, and feel free to share this message with anyone you think might benefit from the course.

 

Upcoming sessions

  • 21 July 11 am – 12 pm              Getting out and about
  • 21 July 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm        Getting out and about
  • 22 July 6 pm – 7 pm                   Getting out and about
  • 28 July 11 am – 12 pm               Everyday Life Skills
  • 28 July 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm        Everyday Life Skills
  • 28 July 6 pm – 7 pm                   Everyday Life Skills
  • 4 August 11 am – 12 pm            Sport and Leisure
  • 4 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm     Sport and Leisure
  • 4 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm     Introduction to Technology
  • 5 August 6 pm – 7 pm               Sport and Leisure
  • 6 August 11 am – 12 pm           Introduction to Technology
  • 6 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm     Introduction to Technology
  • 11 August 6 pm – 7 pm             How to feel good about yourself
  • 13 August 11 am – 12 pm         How to feel good about yourself
  • 13 August 2.30pm – 3.30 pm   How to feel good about yourself
  • 18 August 11 am – 12 pm         Setting goals and targets
  • 19 August 2.30 pm – 3.30pm   Setting goals and targets
  • 19 August 6 pm – 7 pm             Setting goals and targets
  • 9 Sept  2.30pm – 3.30pm        Registration and rights
  • 10 Sept 11 am – 12 pm            Registration and rights
  • 10 Sept 2.3 0pm – 3.3 0pm       Registration and rights
  • 15 Sept 11 am – 12 pm             Getting out and about
  • 15 Sept 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm       Getting out and about
  • 16 Sept 6 pm – 7 pm                 Getting out and about

 

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