Visionary Briefing – 03 January 2018
News from across the sector for our members
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Spotlight – good news stories from our members and partners
Visionary Matters – key updates from Visionary central
Key news – this issue’s top news story
Also this week – other news items of interest
Dates for your diary – summary of events and training relevant to members
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. Read more
Five Ideas to Spark Your Organisation’s New Year’s Resolutions
As 2018 kicks in, offering a wealth of new possibilities, many of us have been setting our New Year’s resolutions: promising ourselves we will exercise more, spend more time with family and cut down on sugar and alcohol for a happier and healthier future.
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. Read more
Visionary Interim CEO Announcement
We are delighted to announce 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. Read more
Getting ready for the new data protection legislation – GDPR 25 May 2018
Visionary announced its provisional programme of support before Christmas. This is available to local sight loss organisations. If you missed it before Christmas, this will start in January 2018 and will provide a member tailored response to concerns raised about how to become compliant within the new GDPR legislation and for the general practice of good data protection. Read more
Changes to BIG Lottery Reaching Communities funding programme
The application process for Reaching Communities is changing to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding.
In order to do this, there will be a temporary pause on the submission of Reaching Communities applications between Monday 15 January and Monday 2 April. All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner.
If your current grant is coming to an end soon and you are working on an application for the continuation of funding, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Big Advice team by email or call 0345 410 20 30.
Also this week
The Macular Society has delivered its petition to end needless sight loss to Number 10 Downing Street. Read more
The winners of this year’s RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony in central London. Read more
Applications open for small charities to win a year of leadership coaching. Read more
Welsh para-skier Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide won silver in the first World Cup race of the season. Read more
Dates for your diary
19 January – Wiltshire Sight 100th Anniversary Concert, Calne. Read more
30 January – Visionary GDPR Podcast available on the Visionary website.
18-19 March – Optometry Tomorrow 2018, Birmingham. Read more
29 April – Big Blind Walk 2018. Read more
17 May – England Vision Strategy National Conference 2018, London. Read more
25 May – GDPR Legislation comes into effect.