Visionary Briefing 08 November 2017

News from across the sector for our members

We want the Visionary Briefing to be informed by our members, as well as a useful source of information. Therefore, if you have any news stories, job vacancies or events to advertise, please send them to us by email.
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This week

Spotlight – good news stories from our members and partners
Visionary Matters – keyupdates 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



Visionary Awards 2017 Winners

We would like to extend our congratulations to the 4 winners of the Visionary Awards 2017, and thank you to everyone that voted. The winners, who were announced at this year’s Annual Conference, were;

Inspirational Service Delivery

Devon in Sight

Successful Volunteer Programme

Cam Sight

Together We Are Stronger


Changing Lives

Southampton Sight

For full details on all the award categories; nominated organisations and their projects please visit our website.


 Visionary Matters

Visionary Annual Conference 2017

Thank you to those of you who participated in this year’s conference, either as a delegate, workshop facilitator or exhibitor. We hope you agree that it was a resounding success. We even made it into the Telegraph and we will provide a full round up of the event in due course.

Visionary Development & Innovation Fund 2017/18 Applications now open.

The Development and Innovation Fund helps full members make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people and we are now pleased to announce that the next round of funding is open for applications.

For further details please visit our website, sign in to the member’s only area and then navigate to the Development and Innovation Fund page where you will find details of the Development and Innovation Fund and online application process.

GDPR Support

We are pleased with the innovation and support 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. Read more


Key news

Free helpful web apps for people claiming PIP and ESA wins Best Use Of Technology Awards at this year’s Charity Times Awards. For more information and details of how to share this FREE web tool click here.


Also this week

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a dedicated GDPR helpline for small organisations. Read more

The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan. Read more

Steps to raise more money on #GivingTuesday. Read more

Researchers at City University of London are inviting VI people to take part in a study investigating how individuals perceive and understand facial gestures. Read more

A York based charity is teaming up with Goalball Team GB to offer a unique volunteering opportunity for visually impaired people. Read more


Dates for your diary

16 November – Charles Bonnet Syndrome/Esme’s Umbrella Day. Read more
16 November – Sight Loss Awareness Event, Penzance. Read more
23 November – Visibility Whisky tasting evening, Glasgow. Read more
23 November – Vision Care for Homeless People Dinner, London. Read more
28 November – #Giving Tuesday. Read more
3 December – VICTA, BucksVision & Sight Concern Christmas Party, Milton Keynes. Read more


Don’t miss

Member news on our website
Sector vacancies on our website
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