Data is always essential for planning services and applying for grants. NHS Digital have produced a publication containing aggregated information on adults and children registered as being blind or partially sighted with Local Authorities in England. Data was submitted by 151 Local Authorities to provide insight into the number of registrations for the period 1 … Continued

NHS Digital statistics published on registered blind and partially sighted people in England, 2019 to 2020

Visionary have been working with with DHSC and NHS Test and Trace, along with sight loss sector colleagues and partners to improve the accessibility of home testing kits. New tools are being introduced for those ordering home testing kits who are vision impaired, including: improved boxes that are easier to assemble for the returning of … Continued

Accessibility improvements for COVID-19 home testing programme

Glaucoma UK is launching a new campaign to highlight the services it provides to those living with glaucoma. With an estimated 700,000 individuals in the UK living with the disease, half of whom don’t know they have it, the charity is urging people to seek support in these challenging COVID-19 times. As part of World … Continued

Glaucoma UK urges people to seek support as they launch new Anytime, Anywhere campaign

RNIB are offering free online Counselling for Sight Loss Training courses and Emotional Impact of Sight Loss workshops. Counselling for Sight Loss Online Training dates 2021-22 Do you know any qualified counsellors who would benefit from sight loss specific training? RNIB are offering free online Counselling for sight loss training. There are limited places and … Continued

Courses for mental health and emotional wellbeing

Organisations within the Scottish sight loss sector have written to Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport to seek assurance that there will be an independent review of Space for People.  The jointly signed letter seeks an open discussion regarding concerns that transitioning out of emergency measures for physically distancing could leave blind and partially … Continued

Scotland’s sight loss sector: Call for an independent third-party review of Spaces for People

  Visionary and RNIB are working in partnership to ensure that people living with sight loss are aware of the range of services available, especially those provided by local sight loss organisations. This work pre-dates the emergence of COVID-19, however the major disruption COVID-19 restrictions brought to sight loss services saw a significant shift to … Continued

RNIB and Visionary are promoting information and referrals to local sight loss organisations

The race that’s not a race! We know that life is tough for everyone at the moment and that lockdown presents practical and emotional challenges which affect all of us. The sheer monotony of it all can feel overwhelming. That’s why Stuart Clayton, CEO of Galloways decided to do something in an attempt to give … Continued

Run, Walk or Crawl around England, Wales and Scotland!

    Thomas Pocklington Trust, together with Guide Dogs and RNIB, has written to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to urge it makes all adults with visual impairment a priority cohort when the vaccination programmes reaches its second phase. The letter outlines the challenges blind and partially sighted people face including social distancing, … Continued

Sight loss charities write to Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It’s been happening for over 200 years. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), who run the census, have asked us to share a bit about why it’s important for every local … Continued

Census 2021 is coming

The power of collaboration is working across the Visionary network.  Sight Advice South Lakes in Cumbria, Support 4 Sight in Saffron Walden, Chelmsford, West and Mid Essex and Sight Concern in Worcester have designed a short programme of events for their members, and members of other organisations to enjoy. The monthly programme aims to offer … Continued

A cross region partnership benefiting people living with sight loss

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