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In conversation with Mike Brace – TPT Webinar – 4 Nov

In conversation with Mike Brace - TPT Webinar 4 November 2020
Zoom Webinar with Thomas Pocklington Trust
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
020 8995 0880
04th November 2020

original post by https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk

On 2 Nov 1960, aged ten, Mike Brace picked up a firework concealed in a bottle which exploded in his face.

In the following sixty years since losing his sight he represented Britain at cross-country skiing in six Winter Paralympics, three World Championships and two European Championships. He was instrumental in founding Metro Blind Sport, British Blind Sport, the British Ski Club for the Disabled, the Judo Foundation, Vision 2020 UK and was part of the bid team and organising committee of London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Join Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) on Wednesday 4th November 5 pm – 6 pm as we chat to Mike about his life, work and trusteeships across multiple organisations, sectors and decades.

Registration closes at 4 pm on 4 November.


You will have the opportunity to ask Mike questions about the challenges he faced and how he overcame these, his sporting legacy and what advice he has for prospective trustees.  If you would like to submit your question in advance please email: communications@pocklington-trust.org.uk

About Mike Brace CBE, DL

MikeBrace’s website: http://www.mikebrace.co.uk/

Mike Brace standing waiting to give out awards at the 2019 AGM
Mike Brace standing waiting to give out awards at the 2019 AGM

Former Paralympic skier, social worker and leader of disabled charities, Mike served as Chairman of the British Paralympic Association and was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2009 for Services to Disabled Sport. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of London in 2016.

He has written two books and is an active after dinner speaker through which he has raised more than £750,000 for various charities.

Registration closes at 4 pm on 4 November.


Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace -Youtube Podcast


Mike Brace: RNIB Lifetime Award



Blindness Awareness Month 2020 with TPT!

Blindness Awareness Month 2020 with TPT

Blindness Awareness Month 2020 with TPT!

Original Article by www.pocklington-trust.org.uk

October is Blindness Awareness Month – and gosh, do Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) have a packed programme of videos, podcasts, webinar events, articles and stories to share with you every day this month!

Accessible technology in the workplace has come a long way over the last few years allowing blind and partially sighted employees to perform roles as well as their fully sighted counterparts.

Every week during October we will share an instructive video on how our blind and partially sighted colleagues manage spreadsheets and CRM systems, create and deliver presentations, organise meetings and post on social media.

National Braille week falls within Blindness Awareness Month (5-11 October) so we will be sharing a series of articles, videos, a podcast and interesting facts about Braille and its place in everyday life.

The following week we have a focus on accessible tech. Our technology experts will be reviewing Google Look and two competing Braille products.  We will also have a head-to-head between the conference software Microsoft Teams vs Zoom and a webinar event on accessible tech for education.

The latter part of the month we focus on stories from blind and partially sighted people in the workplace and showcase employers who are getting it right.  We also share inspiring stories from young people.

Visit the TPT for more information: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk


Here some of the highlights. Don’t miss these.

  • Monday 5 Oct:  Video – How to use a Braille machine

Is braille being usurped in the fast-paced technological world?  Read Blog Post Here

  • Monday 12 Oct: Tech Review: Google Look
  • Tuesday 13 Oct: Tech Review: Orbit Reader 20 and Mantis Q40
  • Wednesday 14 Oct: Webinar – Education Technology
  • Thursday 15 Oct:  Podcast – Teams and Zoom goes head-to-head
  • Friday 16 Oct:  Video – Creating and delivering presentations using JAWS

  • Tuesday 20 Oct: Video – employment through volunteering
  • Wednesday 21 Oct: Video – Managing and monitoring social media

  • Tuesday 27 Oct: Video – Performing CRM tasks using JAWS


Visit the TPT for more information: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk


Education technology support webinar, 14 Oct 6.30 pm!

Charity mourns Rodney Powell MBE

Charity mourns Rodney Powell MBE

Rodney, Thomas Pocklington’s great nephew, was a trustee at the charity for 37 years from 1983 to the present time, of which 26 were as Chair.

Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), said: “It is a real loss to the charity in terms of his contribution to its governance but more so for staff and board members personally.  Rodney was an incredibly warm person and he will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family.”

Rodney was extremely proud of his family’s involvement in the founding and running of the charity.  His great-grandfather worked with Thomas Pocklington during his lifetime, as did his grandfather Albert, who managed Thomas Pocklington’s estate before the charity was created. Rodney’s mother, father and late brother were all trustees of Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Mervyn Williamson, who took over chairmanship from Rodney in 2019, said: “Rodney was our colleague and friend and we will all miss him terribly.  He leaves behind a great legacy through his involvement in the governance and management of TPT and we will continue his work to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.”

Rodney was awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for his services to blind and partially sighted people as part of the work of TPT. At the time of this announcement, he said: “There have been many important milestones in TPT’s history, but the main satisfaction is seeing how the legacy left by Thomas Pocklington has been put to work in so many different ways over the years.

“We are living in very different times now to when the charity was first constituted, and I am proud how TPT has adapted its work to the changing needs of blind and visually impaired people today, working alongside them and our partnership organisations to deliver mutually agreed outcomes.

“I am also proud that TPT has remained an independent charity since its foundation and that at the same time it is faithful to its original overall purpose which is to support blind and partially sighted people, just as our benefactor, Thomas Pocklington, wished.”


What is life like for you? – Study by RNIB, Guide Dogs & TPT

What is life like for you a Study by RNIB, Guide Dogs & TPT

Take part in a vital study into the lives of blind and partially sighted people

Take part in a vital study into the lives of blind and partially sighted people
For the first time ever RNIB, Guide Dogs and Thomas Pocklington Trust are jointly carrying out an important piece of research to uncover the realities of life for blind and partially sighted people in the UK today.

We need to hear what you think! What is life like for you. How can we do better?

This research will be used to help us deliver better services and work jointly to make a positive difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

The final results from the survey will be shared across the whole sector to improve services and support for people with vision impairment.

The research is carried out via a telephone interview by our research partner DJS research and Acumen which may last up to 50 minutes. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any point. All data is anonymised so you cannot subsequently be identified. The only time this anonymity may be reviewed is if there were serious concerns about yours or someone else’s safety.

If you are blind or partially sighted, we would like to hear from you.

Tell us about your life and what’s most important to you!



In conversation with Charles Coyle 19 Aug

Career Advice: TPT In conversation with Charles Coyle

Join us (Thomas Pocklington Trust) in conversation with Charles Coyle from 5-6pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

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Image shows head and shoulders photo of Charles Coyle
Image shows head and shoulders photo of Charles Coyle

Charles has had a varied career to date, having worked in education, the sight loss sector and currently working within the civil service.

Blind since birth, Charles trained to become a teacher but soon realised his passion was away from the classroom, and set about taking every opportunity he could find to change career. After working for RNIB and TPT, he made the move into Local Government and went from strength to strength. He is now a fully fledged civil servant working in central government.

Martin Sigsworth, TPT’s Senior Employment Manager, will be in conversation with Charles to understand his career journey, what challenges and obstacles he has had to overcome, what it is like working in the civil service and what advice he has for blind and partially sighted people looking to get on or progress their careers.


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Registration for this webinar closes 19 August, 11am.


About Martin Sigsworth

Blind since the age of 11, Martin has worked for TPT’s employment team for the last five years helping blind and partially sighted people achieve their career goals. Before joining TPT he worked in television for channel 4, IMG media and MTV Europe.  He also spent time working in the recruitment industry and has seen first-hand how competitive the labour market is.  He knows what makes a good and bad candidate for recruiters and what can give people the competitive edge when applying for roles.

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