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Visionary Conference 2014 - Making it happen – embedding the UK Vision Strategy in your area

Visionary was delighted to welcome Visionary members and non members to the fifth Visionary conference, our second one at Edinburgh University on 7th to 8th October 2014.

The conference was designed to provide a forum to connect representatives from local societies together and help delegates learn from each other and from people from national charities and other professionals. Developing talents by sharing learning amongst your peers, so that you can in turn apply what you learn to improve the quality of service that you are able to give to people with sight loss across the UK.

To deliver the Seeing it my way outcomes identified by people with sight loss. The theme for this year’s conference was - Making it happen – embedding the UK Vision Strategy in your area. This theme was linked to the Visionary Awards which for the first time this year recognise success in achieving the three UKVS outcomes:

Outcome 1 – Everyone in the UK looks after their eyes and their sight

Outcome 2 – Everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and if permanent sight loss occurs early and appropriate services and support are available and accessible to all

Outcome 3 – A society in which people with sight loss can fully participate


The exhibition is an integral part of the conference, enabling delegates to learn about new developments by talking to representatives of charities in the sector and suppliers.

Thank you to our Exhibitors:

Guide Dogs

National Blind Children's Society


Optelec Ltd

Sight and Sound Technology

Big Lottery Scotland

British Wireless for the Blind



Deafblind Scotland

Thomas Pocklington Trust

Seeing Sense

Torch Trust

Edward Marcus Ltd

Macular Society

Tax Help for older People


We know from feedback that that one of the biggest benefits of coming to the conference is the informal networks that develop between delegates, strengthening ability to learn from and with each other. And to help organisations get better value from collaborative working and ensure societies are better able to sustain complementary services and increase your collective impact.

So there are lots of opportunities to network during the course of the conference – please make the most of them by talking to people you don’t know, as well as catching up with old friends. There are manypeople coming who have never been before, so please look out for them, make them feel welcome as well as adding them to your network. You will recognise them by the white lanyards holding their badges. The list of delegates in your pack is designed to help you stay in touch. Thank you in advance for supporting each other in this way.


We would like to thank all the organisations whose kind donations have made the conference possible this year:

  • Novartis
  • Bayer
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind

Please also thank Towergate Insurance, for sponsoring the Visionary Awards.

Please read some of the feedback below from last year’s conference.

“Always important to link up, share good practice and know what the right hand is doing. The conference enables many of us to raise our heads and look beyond the everyday confines of our daily battles and concerns, to share the experiences of others and look at ways these experiences can inform our practice”

“Already helping me to rethink approaches in different areas of work”

“Taking back some great ideas and knowledge about how other organisations across the country deal with similar issues”

“Good to network with others and hear what is happening across the country, sharing good practice and ideas. I have taken some ideas and suggestions back to my organisation for further discussion”


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