Visionary Briefing 22 November 2017

News from across the sector for our members

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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



Big Blind Walk 2018

The Big Blind Walk is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of living with sight loss with the public and to raise the profile of sight loss research, treatment and support within the public health agenda. As a membership organisation for local sight loss charities across the UK that provide vital support and services to those living with sight loss we know how important this is. Visionary is delighted to support Julian in his efforts to promote the critical role that eye research plays in the prevention and treatment of avoidable and unavoidable sight loss, alongside the practical help for those losing their sight, and we will be working with our member organisations across the UK to garner support and participation along the route for the Big Blind Walk – a most excellent adventure.

Galloway’s have already confirmed that they will be supporting Julian and joining him on a leg of his adventure. We encourage our other members to also participate in this great event and will be directly contacting organisations along the route shortly. If you would like to get involved, please
contact us


Visionary Matters

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 want to remind you that the next round of funding is open for applications. 

For further details please visit the Development & Innovation Fund page on our websitesign in to the member’s only area to access the guidance and online application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 1 December 2017

Visionary Annual Conference 2017 Feedback

Thank you to all of those who attended this year’s Annual Conference, it was wonderful to have so many people from across the membership join us for another fulfilling event. Your views are really important to us and help us to shape future events. We are keen to gather feedback so that we can build on this year’s conference and ensure it is even better next year. If you haven’t already done so, we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete this short

If you did not attend this year’s Annual Conference we would also like to hear from you. We are keen to understand how we can make the conference more inclusive for all of our members and would therefore be grateful if you could take the time to complete this short survey.

The closing date for all feedback surveys is Friday 24 November 2017.

Visionary Annual Conference 2017 Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin

We would like to congratulate Margaret Mitchell from Northamptonshire Association for the Blind who won the Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin competition at this year’s Annual Conference. Margaret impressively guessed 4.9kg (10.8lbs), the actual weight of the pumpkin was 5kg (11.1lbs).  

Audio-Visual Recording Assistance – Can you help?

One of our smaller member charities is looking for someone to make an A/V recording of their one-day national conference next September in Birmingham. There will be 4 sessions to record, each session about 90 minutes long and each featuring a speaker with presentation followed by Q&A. The audience size is expected to be about 100 people. The recording needs to be editable and have a menu added and be suitable to be put on the charity’s website later. The organisation concerned is entirely volunteer-run and does not have a large budget so is looking for a reasonable quote. The meeting is booked for Saturday 15 September 2018 at the Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham. If you are able to help, or make a recommendation please contact us.

Venue hire

“Seeing Beyond The Eyes”, is a training course aimed at Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists. These sessions will be delivered across the UK. Daniel Williams, founder of Visualise Training recognises that it would be a great idea if they could deliver these sessions at local sight loss charities; this would introduce the delegates to your organisation, raise awareness of resources available, and build relationships. If you are interested in hiring out your venue please contact us.


Key news

Apple Offers Accessibility Help Line  

A growing number of people with sight loss use Apple products such as the iPhone or iPad and Apple has a dedicated helpline covering accessibility and assistive technology. The helpline is expressly for assisting customers and potential customers with disabilities who wish to use Apple products. Call the 24-hour free phone number on 0800 0480 754.

Also this week

Moorfields launches new quality strategy. Read more 

Thomas Pocklington Trust, Fight for Sight and Esme’s Umbrella are funding vital research into Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Read more

Microsoft’s FREE seeing AI app for visually impaired people is released in the UKRead more

The 2017 Vision Pioneer Award finalists include Visionary members.Read more

New online platform to help raise awareness for charities and to help build connections with people and businesses. Read more

Dates for your diary

23 November – Visibility Whisky tasting evening, Glasgow. Read more
23 November – Vision Care for Homeless People Dinner, London. 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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