Visionary Annual Conference 2017- Booking Now!
We are excited to announce that we are now taking booking requests for the Visionary Annual Conference 2017. The event will be held at the Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 November 2017. There will also be an informal networking evening on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The theme – Unlocking Potential, Creating Value – recognises that local sight loss charities make a significant difference to the lives of the people they support. There is huge potential amongst Visionary members, as well as in the wider sight loss sector, to make an even bigger impact but it is not always possible to realise this due to funding and time pressures. Through the core Visionary team, our corporate partners and, most importantly, the collective Visionary network, we support local sight loss charities to deliver efficient and effective services of a consistently good quality that build upon the achievements already made in improving the lives of blind and partially sighted people. Booking and fees We are again offering reduced early bird rates to all members, as well as free places and a limited number of travel subsidies to band A and B members in the hope that we will have a cross-section of […]
Visionary Annual Conference 2017: Workshop Programme
Workshop Programme Wednesday 1 November 2017 Workshop session one – 11:20 – 12:40 1. Technology – The 4th Industrial Revolution This workshop will explore how technology can be pivotal in the three following areas: Independent Living; Skills and Employment; Mobility and Travel. It will look at how technology is being used locally, regionally and nationally to support people with a visual impairment. It is focused upon sharing knowledge and learning from Beacon to support members when considering their services, developing them, and how they interact with technology and beneficiaries. Lead facilitator/s: Arwyn Jones (Beacon) 2. Dealing with change while maintaining traditions. Is it for your charity? We want to share the experiences we have had over the last 3 years, building on our foundations and embracing new ideas that benefit visually impaired people now and in the future. We will also mention our new Vision Support Centre which we have developed to provide more services from, and the ups and downs of a capital project. Lead facilitator/s: Carl Hodge (Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind); Claire Smith (Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind) 3. Data protection – Understanding good practice and implications of the GDPR With changes to […]
Leadership Conferences 2017 round up and working with the RNIB
The 2017 Visionary Leadership Conferences (formerly the CEO Conferences) were held in London, York, Manchester and Bristol in March. We had a total of 63 members attending from 46 organisations and all threw themselves into some lively discussions and debates, so thank you to all of you who attended. Alison started the day with an overview of what has been happening at Visionary central over the last year and how we have expanded our focus from the initial priorities around engagement to more active work with members. This included some discussion around the latest Visionary Roadmap which can be seen here – Visionary Roadmap / Visionary Roadmap (text). This was followed by an update from Keith Valentine, Deputy CEO of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, who outlined the plans for bringing together VISION 2020 UK and the UK Vision Strategy to provide a unified body for the eye health and sight loss sector. As part of this he set out the importance of Visionary’s role in contributing to these plans and ably dealt with some healthy challenges and questions from members on the topic. Andy Haynes and Alexa Sage then led an interactive session with members on different approaches to Income […]