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: Interim Chief Executive Officer
Vacancy: Interim Chief Executive Officer Contract Type: 12 month maternity cover Closing Date: 27.11.2017 5pm Interviews: Week commencing 04.12.2017 Job Description: Click here Job Overview: This is a really exciting time for Visionary and they need a dynamic, motivated interim CEO to join them for a period of 12 months to provide maternity cover. This role will play an important part in helping to develop as an organisation and to strengthen the role of local sight loss charities, working alongside their national partners. For further details and contact information please read the job description here. If you are interested in this role: please complete the application form (max 500 words for the Personal Statement) and an up to date CV to: email@example.com (please ensure you include the job title in the subject heading) If you have any questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact the People Development Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Visionary: Development Manager
Vacancy: Development Manager Contract Type: Permanent Closing Date: 11.12.2017 5pm Interviews: Week commencing 08.01.2018 – 15.01.2018 Job Description: Click here Job Overview: Visionary are seeking to recruit a new Development Manager to join their established team. The role will focus upon supporting members to work more collaboratively with other members, agencies and investors in the sector to increase the resources, quality and availability of services to people living with sight loss. Experience of developing and managing partnerships along with a successful track record of income and business development within the charitable/public sectors is essential. Whilst potentially useful, specific experience of the sight loss sector isn’t an essential requirement. For further details and contact information please read the job description here If you are interested in this role please complete the application form (max 500 words for the Personal Statement) and an up to date CV to: email@example.com (please ensure you include the job title in the subject heading) If you have any questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact the People Development Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Visionary: Member Engagement Manager
Vacancy: Member Engagement Manager Contract Type: Permanent Closing Date: 11.12.2017 5pm Interviews: Week commencing 08.01.2018 – 15.01.2018 Job Description: Click here Job Overview: Visionary are seeking to recruit a dynamic Member Engagement Manager to be responsible to the Head of Member Services for developing Visionary member services alongside the Visionary Development Managers. This will involve specific responsibility for leading on Member Engagement and developing and contributing to the approach to Regional Co-ordination and Development Support. Whilst potentially useful, specific experience of the sight loss sector is not an essential requirement. For further details and contact information please read the job description here If you are interested in this role please complete the application form (max 500 words for the Personal Statement) and an up to date CV to: email@example.com (please ensure you include the job title in the subject heading) If you have any questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact the People Development Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Accessibility Action Plan Consultation
Events October – November 2017 – bookable through ‘Eventbrite’ The Department for Transport published its draft Accessibility Action Plan (AAP) for public consultation on 24 August 2017. The AAP includes 48 different actions, including proposals for increasing the availability of accessible toilets on trains, improving the availability of parking for blue badge holders, and introducing a legal requirement for audio-visual announcements on buses. There are also 15 standalone consultation questions seeking views and ideas for future policy development. Opportunities to share your views The Department for Transport is running a number of events for interested parties to come and discuss the draft Plan. These are listed below. If you would like to attend please book via the link provided, or contact the email address below for further information. Please note that spaces are limited at some events, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All venues are accessible. Bristol 4 October 14:00 – 16:30 (a few space available) Surrey 6 October 10:00 – 15:00 Leeds 11 October 10:00 – 15:00 Leeds 31 October 10:30 – 15:30 Surrey 2 November 10:30 – 13:00 (Workshop 1 – am) Surrey 2 November […]
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 […]