Visionary and Thomas Pocklington Trust – Partnership Update
Visionary and Thomas Pocklington Trust – Partnership Update Visionary and TPT are committed to working together to create a better world for blind and partially sighted people. As members are aware, one of the ways we are doing this is by identifying areas where there are gaps in services and working with local Visionary members to work out the best way of filling those gaps in a way which is efficient, effective and for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people. Working with TPT, Visionary wants to increase the reach and impact of local member organisations and help you create evidence based, local services that are consistent and sustainable. To take this forward, we held the first meeting of the Partnership Development Group on Friday 6 April in Preston. TPT are making funds available to roll out a programme of activity, with Visionary member organisations being the delivery vehicles for collaboration and partnership based services. Phase 1 of the project will include the work already under way in London Vision, Vision West of England and Vision North East of England and this financial year the work will extend into five new areas: Scotland Vision West Midlands Vision Greater Manchester […]
The RP Fighting Blindness Working Age Group Project
The RP Fighting Blindness Working Age Group Project A call for participants to join our online forum The RP Fighting Blindness Working Age Group Project is a partnership project led by RP Fighting Blindness, with involvement from Thomas Pocklington Trust and RNIB. The aim of this project is to inform the development of useful, relevant and sustainable support services, with a view to ‘future-proofing’ careers for when visually impairment becomes a reality. We want to ensure that working age people who are living with degenerative sight loss have choices about their future working lives, know in advance their options with regards to employment and have support to fulfil their ambitions. You may be aware of this project, and the work it has already undertaken; last year we conducted focus groups and telephone interviews with participants to understand the broader issues around employment for people with inherited progressive sight loss. We’re now excited to be moving on to the next stage; an online forum. The online forum will be an informal discussion held over a couple of days – all you need is access to a computer! You would not be expected to be permanently logged in over that time, but […]
Partnership principles RNIB and Visionary commit to being: Inclusive – seeking to include blind and partially sighted people in all that we do together and providing opportunities for partners/Visionary members to work with us too Communicative – establishing clear and consistent mechanisms and points of contact to enable us to get things done and keeping Visionary members and other stakeholders informed about our work Accountable – taking feedback from stakeholders that arises from and in relation to our work and sharing it honestly as a means of keeping us on track, celebrating success, and putting things right if they go wrong Efficient – working to ensure no unnecessary duplication of effort at national, regional, and local level deploying resources in line with our respective roles within the sight loss sector Innovative – testing new ways of working together and with others to develop services and resources
Exploring the impact of welfare reform on the lives of disabled people
Exploring the impact of welfare reform on the lives of disabled people, a qualitative study What is the study about? Disability benefits have changed in recent years. This includes changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Employment Support Allowance (ESA), and the introduction of Universal Credit (UC). Changes include new assessments, eligibility criteria, and the amount of support available. This research is about listening to and learning from the experiences of disabled people and people living mental health and fluctuating conditions. We would like to hear your experience of benefits assessments, eligibility and rates of awards. We would also like to understand how changes to disability benefits have affected your everyday life, your ability to access work, and your participation in family and community life. Who is conducting the research? The research is conducted by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Glasgow. The research team includes disabled and non-disabled researchers, all of whom have experience of inclusive disability research. Can you take part? Yes, if you are a disabled person or someone living with a long term physical or mental health condition, and have experience of either PIP, ESA, or Universal Credit. You need to […]
Infosound Infosound is a registered charity and professional producer of free and impartial news and information, in audio, for blind and partially-sighted people in Great Britain. There are now over two thousand listening activities every day to the audio features Infosound broadcasts and distributes in several different ways, including over the phone, online and on specialist audio players for vision-impaired people. Infosound also freely shares much of the material it produces with local talking newspapers and magazines, radio services and other information-providers. Infosound always produces its own original audio features and these can be on any subject that might be of interest to someone, of whatever age or circumstances, who lives with sight loss; so, for example, daily-living aids and products, benefits, holidays, mobility, travel, housing, employment, training, leisure, sport, money, consumer matters, hobbies, the important issues of the moment as well as events and one-off services run for the benefit of blind and partially-sighted people. Importantly, Infosound produces audio briefings on what local sight loss charities are doing – or, rather, they try to; but unless they are told about an event or a service that is being run in a local area, they can only use […]
England Athletics in partnership with British Blind Sport, will be re-launching Find a Guide
England Athletics in partnership with British Blind Sport, will be re-launching Find a Guide Find a Guide has been helping visually impaired people find guide runners across England to support them to run for nearly 2 years now. In this time we’ve trained over 1110 people on our Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop and licenced over 720 guide runners. Since its launch in 2016 we’ve been listening to feedback about the database and have made some improvements to make it even easier for visually impaired people to find a guide runner and run, wherever and whenever suits them! On Tuesday 3rd April, England Athletics in partnership with British Blind Sport, will be re-launching Find a Guide and promoting it with visually impaired people and visually impaired organisations to continue to help people to find a guide runner. So what’s new: We’ve made some changes to Find a Guide to hopefully make things even easier and more accessible for both visually impaired runner and guide runner. Here are just some of the changes: Find a Guide supports people to run with others so the database will join our RunTogether website but can still be found on the England Athletics […]
Visionary Organisation Structure 2018
Visionary Organisation Structure 2018 Accessible Version: download here
Making More Happen Project
Making More Happen Project The Making More Happen project was started by Walthew House; was funded by the Visionary D&I Fund and a Catalyst grant from Action Together. Based on the belief, the key to reducing isolation, with its attendant physical and mental detrimental effects, is to provide, promote and support accessible opportunities for inclusion and involvement for people with sight loss in Stockport. The main aims of the project were to; Work with existing volunteers and recruit new volunteers to establish and maintain new partnerships for the benefit of people with sight loss with other groups in the wider community, and to Facilitate greater involvement for visually impaired people in consultations regarding local health and social care so that the needs of people with sight loss will not be overlooked The grant has supported the costs of a part-time development officer, who worked with people with sight loss, and the wider community. The project has: Consulted both with existing visually impaired service users and people who do not access services at Walthew House, to identify how the charity can best facilitate wider participation Consulted with local people and organisations to explore opportunities for inclusion for […]
Online Today is continuing to offer free training and support to community partners
Online Today Online Today is continuing to offer free training and support to community partners who wish to explore developing their own knowledge, skills and confidence in access technology and mobile devices. While the programme, Online Today, is expected to finish at the end of July 2018, the on-going work and commitment to partnership working, will remain a key theme for the core Specialist Service for Technology beyond July 2018. Expect further communication on the RNIB plans about this transitional period during February and March. Finally, digital skills support and training is something which RNIB is committed to; Independence through technology is one of the key areas which RNIB will be championing over the coming years. This means supporting Blind and Partially Sighted people to harness technology, digital or online platforms to make a positive difference in their lives. If you want to find out more about the training available and the opportunities for longer term working, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or download the Legacy Offer Online Today Managers Sheila Sneddon – Scotland Sheila.email@example.com Christopher Hoyle – Wales Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org Clare Aldworth – NI Clare.email@example.com Farhat Bashir – England Farhat.firstname.lastname@example.org Tracy Riddell – National […]
Five Evidence-based Ways to Boost Income from Legacies
Five Evidence-based Ways to Boost Income from Legacies In the UK, around 70% of the population donates to charity in one form or another during their lifetime. Yet only 7.3% leave a gift to charity in their will. Despite this small percentage, charities still receive £2 billion in funding every year from legacies. Just imagine what more we could do in the charity sector if everyone who donated in their lifetime also left a legacy. So much of a charity’s fundraising efforts are focused on individual giving, community giving, fundraising from events and applying for grants. For every £1 spent, fundraising returns on average between £3 and £4. The lowest return on investment (ROI) is street fundraising at between £1 and £2, closely followed by events at £2 to £3. Grants are more lucrative returning £7 to £8 for every £1 invested. Legacy fundraising goes far beyond any of these and returns on average £30 for every £1. So it certainly pays to have legacy giving as a core part of any fundraising strategy. With all that in mind, here are five ways to help you boost your income from legacy giving right from day one. 1. Sell the Vision […]
The Esme Room Support Group.
The Esme Room Support Group. Esme’s Umbrella (www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk) is the UK’s campaign to raise awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome. This condition has been a well-kept secret for too long and people with sight loss have been living in silence, afraid to confide in anyone in case the vivid, silent, visual hallucinations are caused by a mental health condition. Too few ophthalmologists were warning their patients that CBS might develop – it might not, but forewarned would be forearmed. Launched by Judith Potts in 2015 – named in memory of her Mother, for whom CBS plagued her final years – it became clear very quickly from the numerous calls to the Helpline (0345 051 3925 – answered by The Help and Information Service 24 hours a day, every day) that, not only was it imperative to raise awareness within the medical profession and out into the community plus funds for research, but proper support was needed for people living with CBS, their families and friends. Following on from the announcement of a researcher (thanks to the financial support of The Pocklington Trust and Fight for Sight) – Dr Greg Elder of Newcastle University – who will work with Dr Dominic ffytche […]
Halifax Society for the Blind: Seeking support to help develop a future strategy
Halifax Society for the Blind have been reviewing their operations and strategic direction and now wish to appoint external support to help them develop a strategy for the next 5 years. They have a board committed to developing the charity and enhancing its reputation and services and are keen to explore all avenues to taking Halifax Blind Society forward to better support visually impaired people. Visionary have supported the board to develop this programme of work and we will continue to support them as they take this work forward. Halifax Society for the Blind have a budget of £6,000 and would be interested in hearing from any Visionary members who could either support them with this or know of any specialists who could assist them. Further details and a full brief are available below. If you require any further details then please contact Halifax Blind Society direct via the details contained in the brief. If you are a Visionary member, or are considering becoming one, and would like to discuss how Visionary could help you review your organisations direction, objectives and overall business plan then please contact our Income Development Team at email@example.com and an experienced […]
Help the UK National Eye Health Study gather data on VI levels and eye disease in the UK
The UK National Eye Health Study (UK NEHS) aims to gather data about the levels (prevalence) of visual impairment (VI) and eye disease in the UK population. We need this data because we don’t know what the real levels of VI and different eye diseases are in the UK – the data we have is over 30 years old or from limited local studies. If we are serious about eliminating preventable blindness and VI in the UK, and making our vision and eye health services and research the best in the world, then we must have this information for the UK population. The UK NEHS will be the biggest project of its kind ever carried out. But to make it work we need members of the public – people living with VI and those with normal vision – to help us design the project. Without the knowledge, advice and understanding that you or your friends and family can provide, we know that the project won’t succeed. We are currently looking for members of the public to join our Patient and Public Involvement Expert Working Group (Chaired by Michael Bowen at the College of Optometrists) – if you are interested please […]
Sally Harvey: Help shape the future direction of RNIB
Sally Harvey: Help shape the future direction of RNIB You might already have seen the request that went out shortly before Christmas but, new RNIB chief executive Sally Harvey, is now directly asking local sight loss charities to help shape the future priorities of RNIB by completing a short survey. On the professional network site LinkedIn, Sally shared: “To make sustainable changes to everyday lives we believe we must change the way we work. We need to focus on what will make the biggest impact. This means our approach will need to be different from anything we’ve done before. We recognise we can’t do it all by ourselves. A wider approach is needed, which is why partnerships are so important.” As a key partner, RNIB wants you to share your views via Survey Monkey or download the Word Document survey and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more information on this consultation, including a summary, from “The future of sight loss in the UK (Word doc, 25KB) or at www.rnib.org.uk/thefuture“. The results of this survey together with the evidence already gathered will confirm RNIB’s priorities and approach, with the aim of delivering the best outcomes for blind and partially sighted people.
Five Ideas to Spark Your Organisation’s New Year Resolutions
As 2018 kicks in, offering us a blank slate and wealth of new possibilities, many of us have been setting our New Year resolutions: promising ourselves we will exercise more, spend more time with family and cut down on sugar and alcohol to ultimately be happier and healthier. But how many of us have been setting New Year resolutions for our organisations? How many of us are making the most of the optimistic mood and the motivation that a new year brings not just for ourselves but for our charities and community groups too? To get your organisation off to a flying start in 2018, we at Visionary have been reflecting over the challenges and opportunities of 2017; and we have come up with five ideas that our members can adopt as New Year’s resolutions to help achieve those big goals New Year Resolutions Resolution #1: Make branding consistent Goal: Attract support and recognition from the community Your branding is your identity. It’s what sets you apart from any other organisation; makes you recognisable; and it communicates what you do, your values and how you want to be perceived. Clear and consistent branding can be the difference between someone recognising you as the place to go […]
Visionary Update: Interim CEO
Fiona Sandford, currently CEO of Visibility in Scotland, will be taking on the role of interim CEO of Visionary when Alison Oliver goes on maternity leave in March 2018. The Visionary board members, the team and Alison are delighted to welcome Fiona to this position and look forward to her leadership over the coming year for the benefit of members and the blind and partially sighted people that they support. Graham Findlay, Chair of Visionary, said: “I am delighted to welcome Fiona into this role. She has many years of experience working in the sight loss sector and I’m sure will be an excellent asset to Visionary. We have moved on significantly over the past 2 years and we are sure that Fiona and the team can continue with the fantastic work started by Alison.” Fiona said: “I am really pleased to be joining Visionary at this exciting time. I look forward to discussions with Visionary members and partners to learn and share how we can move forward by working together. As most members know, I have many years of experience within the sector, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the inspirational Visionary team.” The […]
Visionary Annual Conference 2017 round up
Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year’s Visionary Annual Conference, held on 1 and 2 November at the Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham. We hope you agree that it was a great opportunity to network, share ideas and learn from each other. We certainly came away feeling inspired and wanting to keep “Unlocking Potential, Creating Value”! 188 delegates from 76 organisations attended, which is an encouraging increase on last year. The two-day programme comprised two plenary sessions, 26 workshops and 10 exhibitors. We were fortunate enough to welcome experts from both within and outside the sight loss and wider sectors, giving delegates a comprehensive view of the voluntary sector landscape. An informal networking event in the Aston Conference Centre bar and restaurant kicked off the event on the Tuesday evening. Although not officially part of the conference, it provided a good chance for delegates to get together for a catch up and refresh after some very long journeys. It was also nice that some members made the effort to dress up for the spooky occasion. We were grateful to Lord Low (Visionary President) for agreeing to formally open the conference on the Wednesday morning. The selling point […]
Visionary Briefing Special Edition – Visionary Staffing Update
Visionary Staffing Update It has been a busy time recently at Visionary central and I wanted to share some updates with you on the staffing front as we will be managing a bit of change in the team over the next few months, all for good reasons. Firstly, I am delighted to announce that Gareth Brydon, whom many of you will know from his time at Action for Blind People and RNIB, will be joining us as our new Head of Member Services in January. Gareth will be leading the Member Engagement Team and the Development and Innovation Team. The board and I are excited that Gareth will be joining us and I’m sure he is going to be a great addition to the Senior Management Team with all the relevant sector experience that he brings with him. Michelle Baxter Wickham will sadly be leaving us at the end of December to join the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, a cause very close to her heart. She has been a great asset to the team and will be missed but we know that she will have a great time in her new role visiting all of the animals that […]
We have been pleased to see the innovation and support that is going on amongst the Visionary membership in response to changes in the law on data protection. However, we realise that there is still a lot of uncertainty around proposed changes and how best to respond in order to remain compliant and promote best practice when it comes to managing people’s data. We want to tell you how Visionary plans to support local organisations to address these changes and provide you with some direction and resources to get you started. What we are doing at Visionary The Income Development team at Visionary is taking the lead on the area of data protection and it sits within our ‘Outcome and Impact Measurement’ stream of work. Our work on Outcome and Impact Measurement is divided into five areas of support: Data Collection (Monitoring) Data Analysis (Evaluation) Strategic Frameworks (Theory of Change, Inspiring Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks, Logic Models) Databases and CRM systems Data Protection ICO Grant As a result of a number of inquiries from members regarding changes to data protection rules (General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR), fundraising regulations and e-privacy, Visionary has applied for a grant from the […]
RNIB Update for Visionary Members
We’ve had a lot of feedback in the past few months from blind and partially sighted people and Visionary members, and we’re taking this on board. We’re re-structuring our services, making things simpler and more consistent, modernising approaches now for an increasing number of blind and partially sighted people. Through our national role, we plan to step up our efforts in providing expert eye health and sight loss information and advice and act as a gateway to services and support provided by ourselves and others – such as the valuable work Visionary members are doing to support people with sight loss. We’ll keep on campaigning, helping people advocate for their own rights, and enable people with sight loss, their friends and families, to support each other and change lives for the better. Recognising the combined strengths of our sector, we’re not the organisation that can provide a direct face to face outreach service to all, but we absolutely can be that place where anyone can get advice, guidance and be put in touch with the right people, including Visionary members. We see a large part of the answer in peer support and blind and partially sighted people have told us […]
Kent Association for the Blind Foundation Degree in VI Rehabilitation
Kent Association for the Blind are currently exploring their options to resume delivery of the Foundation Degree in VI Rehabilitation. This is an exciting time for the organisation to redevelop their training programme to meet the sector needs. A needs analysis will shortly be undertaken to establish what employers would want in order to invest their time and money to support their staff to undertake a Foundation Degree. With the new Government initiative of Higher Apprenticeships, money could be available to employers to help fund some of the course fees. The Foundation Degree is a combination of work based learning and university modules. If you would like to take part in the needs analysis survey or require any further information please contact Avril Chapman, Training Manager, Kent Association for the Blind at email@example.com or 01622 691357.
Visionary Annual General Meeting
[Please note that voting is restricted to Full Visionary Members only] Please see below the document for the AGM: Visionary AGM Agenda 2017 Visionary AGM Notice 2017 Visionary AGM Proxy Form 2017 Final Statement for the Year Ended 31 March 2017 [due to the size of the file the signed version could not be uploaded. Should you require the signed copy please do not hesitate to request it] If you have had issues accessing any of these documents or would like a singed copy of the Final Statement for the Year Ended 31 March 2017 please do not hesitate to contact us
GDPR Update and Support
GDPR is the most significant change in data protection law in the last 20 years. Implementation is less than eight months away, however the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is still working on some of the details. We know that many members are concerned about how to prepare for GDPR, the implications of not being compliant and that a whole industry has sprung up offering GDPR solutions. We are supporting Visionary members in several ways regarding GDPR: Visionary GDPR briefing will be published within the next couple of weeks. GDPR workshop at the Visionary Conference – led by sector experts Russell-Cooke. We have submitted a £60,000 funding application to the ICO to develop GDPR support specifically for the VI sector (commences late Nov 2017) If the funding bid is unsuccessful we will commission external GDPR expertise to develop guidance specifically for local sight loss organisations. In the meantime – please do share with us any GDPR work you’ve undertaken or advice you have received as we are collating such information and we will share this across the Visionary network as appropriate. Also consider joining the NCVO webinar on GDPR to explore the ICO tools 12 steps to take now and the […]
Aston University Study
Researchers at Aston University are inviting those that are sight impaired and severely impaired in the UK, to take part in a study investigating the impact of visual loss on diet and appetite. In order to do this we need to recruit visually impaired participants to take part in a questionnaire that investigates the relationship between visual loss and diet and appetite. We will use the findings to help develop a dietary intervention. The importance of nutritional status in overall improvement of quality of life has been shown to be very significant. The questionnaire will be delivered over the telephone. The call will last approximately an hour Nabila Jones from the research team will arrange an appropriate date and time to call and deliver the questionnaire. The participants will also be called over two days in the same week also (one weekend day) to re-call what they ate on that day. This will take about five minutes. Read the full participant information sheet here. For further information or to register you interest in participation please contct Nabila Jones firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a local sight loss charity and interested in joining Visionary, please download, complete and return the New Membership Form – Full Member 2017. All other organisations, please contact email@example.com in order to discuss membership options.
Bradbury Fields, in Liverpool, have recently secured a multi-year sensory contract from Knowsley Council. Previously, Knowsley Council managed a range of providers to deliver their sensory services, alongside Bradbury Fields, which is a key sight loss service provider. However, Knowsley Council preferred a single sensory contract and Bradbury Fields, who work closely with other local sensory providers, successfully developed a partnership bid and are now the lead on the sensory contract – delivering services themselves and sub-contracting children’s habilitation services with Guide Dogs, centre based rehabilitation with Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre and specialist deaf support from Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP). This represents a major change for Bradbury Fields. They have had to consult with their membership, amend their memorandum and articles of association to enable them to incorporate sensory provision and they are now also managing sub-contractors. Visionary supported Bradbury Fields throughout the process by reviewing the tender specification, contributing to and proof-reading the bid. We are now providing support on developing and implementing effective sub-contracts. If you would like to discuss how Visionary could support your local sight loss organisation please contact the Income Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Statement of Recommended Practice “SORP” (FRS 102) and the issue of senior personnel salary information.
“Key management personnel” of the charity, are defined as “those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the charity, directly or indirectly, including any Directors of the charity.” This definition includes the Trustees. As you and your accountant should be aware, Trustees should not receive any “remuneration” for their roles, but are allowed expenses and the total of these plus any other trustee related costs should be stated in the accounts as per usual reporting processes. The definition also includes those senior management personnel to whom the Trustees have delegated “significant authority or responsibility in the day-to-day running of the charity.” i.e. the CEO/Leader/Manager, deputy CEO, Finance Director etc… – essentially the SMT of the organisation. In the charities accounts you have to disclose the numbers of staff paid more than £60,000 in £10,000 bands from £60,000 upwards. No details of the actual salaries need to be displayed – just simply a count of how many roles sit within a particular salary band. If there’s only one role shown within a particular band then it doesn’t take much to work out that it’s likely to be the CEO/leaders salary band. If no one is […]