Visionary Briefing 27 September 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.

This week

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


Bradbury Fields, in Liverpool, have recently secured a multiyear sensory contract from Knowsley Council.Previously, Knowsley Council managed a range of providers to deliver their sensory services, alongside Bradbury Fields, which is a key sight loss service provider. However, Knowsley Council preferred a single sensory contract and Bradbury Fields, who work closely with other local sensory providers, successfully developed a partnership bid and are now the lead on the sensory contract.

Visionary Matters

Visionary staffing changes

Matt Carr, our Head of Member Services left Visionary on Friday to take up a new secondment opportunity at RP Fighting Blindness. Matt has led the Member Engagement and Development & Innovation teams during a time of continued growth, extending our influence and expanding our services. We will miss Matt but wish him the best of
luck in his new role.

As a result, we are recruiting a new Head of Member Services and would be grateful if you could promote this exciting opportunity throughout your networks. The closing date is 16 October.

Visionary Annual Conference 2017

Time is running out to book your place at this year’s Visionary Annual Conference. We have limited availability so avoid disappointment and book soon. For full details and how to book please click here

Charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) (FRS 102) senior personnel salary information

We are aware that a few members have recently been discussing the impact of Charities SORP (FRS 102). A key issue that has been raised, is the disclosure of senior personnel salary information in the published charity accounts, with obvious concerns being expressed about confidentiality of personal salary information. As with all regulations, some points are quite specific with others less so and more “open to interpretation”. We’ve taken some soundings from an experienced charity accountant to help members as they work with their financial advisors regarding meeting the reporting requirements.

Rehab working group

We are looking for members who can attend approximately 3 meetings a year, via teleconference. The group will oversee other Rehab related projects which are being delivered by Visionary and its stakeholders. The group have previously been involved in the Making Rehab Work pilot which set out to determine what levels of rehabilitative support could be provided by non rehab qualified individuals. We are looking for members who have a specific interest
in outcome measurement around rehabilitation. If you are interested please contact us.

Key news

Following the publication of the Draft Accessibility Action Plan (AAP) the Department for Transport is running a number of events for interested parties to come and discuss the draft Plan.

Also this week

The Macular Society has launched a petition this week to stop people from needlessly losing their sight.

Law Works have produced a free series of short online videos about common legal issues faced by small charities.

Facebook set to launch fundraising toils that will allow people to donate through social media.

Disability Rights UK is working with partners across the country to find new ways to engage disabled people in physical activity.

The AllParty Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment is running an Inquiry into the issue of capacity in NHS eye care services in England.

Dates for your diary

28 September Disability Rights UK Job Tips Webinar.
4 October Eye Contact Expo, Hampshire.
1 2 November Visionary Annual Conference, Birmingham.
5 November RSBC Blindfold run, London.
7 November SCOVI Annual Conference, Perth.
23 November Visibility Whisky tasting evening, Glasgow.