Who we are

Visionary is the national membership organisation for local sight loss charities. We empower local sight organisations to be the best that they can be.

We believe that people with sight loss should be able to access the services they want when and where they want them and that these services are often best delivered locally. We connect local organisations with each other, develop their skills and organisational health and share information and best practice from across our network.

We make life easier for local sight loss charities by supporting them to access the information they need. We collaborate with our partners to ensure a two-way flow of information, a route to local markets and creating a stronger sector that makes the biggest difference to blind and partially sighted people.

Our Vision

A world in which people living with sight loss can access what they need at local level where and when they need it.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop a strong national network of effective local sight loss organisations covering all parts of the UK.

Our Values

We will develop inclusive partnerships by: acting with integrity; instilling trust; being creative, being brave

Our Strategic priorities

  1. Connect: Visionary will be a connector and facilitate and encourage connections between our members and our partners in order to stimulate change and good practice across the sector.
  2. Develop: Visionary will be a conduit for information, knowledge and opportunity in order that our members can enhance their organisational health to be able to better support blind and partially sighted people.
  3. Share: Visionary will become a catalyst for learning from each other and facilitating positive change.

Our promise to our members

  • We will strive to empower our members to provide the best possible services with and for the visual impairment community.
  • We will provide professional, expert support, guidance and skills.
  • We will be honest and transparent.
  • We will engage with members in an efficient, timely and courteous manner.
  • We will communicate with a unified voice ensuring members receive consistent messages in their preferred format.
  • We will ask for and acknowledge feedback.

Our History

We began with the formation of The National Association of Local Societies for Visually Impaired People (NALSVI) in 1991. In 2010 the name of the organisation was changed to Visionary and the charity was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee.

Funding and support services from Thomas Pocklington Trust

In 2015 we developed a strategic partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust – a partnership which has continued to strengthen and allows Visionary to support our members and the hundreds of thousands of people with sight loss that they support.

Thomas Pocklington Trust has been instrumental in the success of Visionary over the past 5 years and in 2020, they awarded Visionary funding of £1.3m as part of a three-year agreement. The agreement, which came into effect on 1 January 2020, includes funding and other resources and support.

“The funding and support from Thomas Pocklington Trust will ensure that Visionary can connect with local sight loss organisations, work alongside them to develop services and share the success of local, community-based organisations to improve the sight loss sector”. Fiona Sandford, Visionary CEO.

See also our Governance page

See also our Visionary partners page

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