Online Support Sessions

Visionary online sessions. Image of a network of people connected through a webinar / computer screen
Visionary online sessions. Image of a network of people connected through a webinar / computer screen

In response to our members and what you want to see, we have developed a programme of online support and training sessions. You will find the current programme and joining information below.

Missed any of our previous sessions?

Catch up on any sessions you have missed, including any recordings and resources shared.

These sessions are free to Visionary members

We would like to remind you that most of our sessions are open to your staff, volunteers and Trustees, not just CEOs so please do share details of these sessions with your teams.

Register for online sessions

All online sessions are on Zoom so you need to pre-register by clicking on the title of the session below. This will only take 1 minute and you can even do it just 2 minutes before the session! If you have previously registered for any of our regular sessions, there is no need for you to register again, just use the same joining link, i.e. if you have registered for the CEO weekly support session, you do not need to register for future CEO weekly support sessions. However, you will need to register if you wish to join a different session, such as the Trustees forum. If you have any concerns or problems with joining any of our events or would like a reminder of your joining details for a session, please do just get in touch by email or call 0208 090 9264.

Tuesday, 10am to 11am (weekly)
CEO weekly support session
Our regular session for CEOs. Some sessions will be open sessions with no agenda and others themed sessions. Dates and details of themed sessions to be confirmed.

Thursday 29 October, 2pm to 3pm
Overcoming the challenges of sight loss in the work place
Join Fern Lulham TEDx speaker, BBC broadcaster and Disability Awareness trainer to hear about her experience in the workplace as a blind young woman. Fern will discuss why she was so scared of getting her guide dog, Nancy, why communication is crucial in building understanding and empathy towards disability and how she overcame some of the hardest struggles of her life. Fern was born with Aniridia, which left her severely visually impaired and was registered blind by the time she was 22. She studied radio broadcasting at Glamorgan university, before going on a 3 year international exchange program living, studying and working in North Carolina, USA. Fern now focussed her time on sharing her expertise and experience, reflecting on the similarities between disabled and non-disabled people, with a strong theme of exploring the emotional side of disability.

Thursday 5 November, 10am to 11am (fortnightly)
Opening services and the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions ease
Our regular, expert led, highly interactive forum exploring how to overcome barriers to opening services and your workplaces. As restrictions ease even further there is a lot more you could now do, but do you want to do it and how should you go about it? Recent discussions have included risk assessments, PPE and managing visitor access to buildings. Come prepared to share your queries, experiences and documents. Questions can be submitted in advance if you prefer to the Visionary mailbox. Also visit the Visionary website for resources.

Thursday 5 November, 10.30am to 11.30am (monthly)
Tech forum
This forum is our regular session designed to provide an informal space to share ideas and experiences of designing and delivering tech services. We know this is a dynamic area of service delivery where shared innovative practices could be of huge benefit to visually impaired communities. The forum is open to any Visionary member/staff and will be facilitated by Mark Owen and David Quarmby of Kirklees Visual Impairment Network.

Thursday 5 November, 12.30pm to 1.30pm (monthly)
Fundraisers forum
Aimed at fundraisers of all levels, this forum will provide fundraisers with a platform to collaborate and share ideas to benefit local sight loss organisations. The group will discuss what has worked and what hasn’t, new fundraising ideas and opportunities as well as successful campaigns and marketing pitches. The session will be facilitated by Sue Piper, Head of Fundraising at Kent Association for the Blind.

Tuesday 10 November, 4pm to 5pm (monthly)
Trustees forum
Whether you’re an experienced trustee or new to the role then please do consider joining this forum to connect, share and develop with trustees from across the Visionary network. Following on from requests at the previous Trustee forum, this session will have a Health and Safety (H and S) input from Carl Harrison, who along with being a trustee at Galloways, is also an experienced Health and Safety professional providing support directly to Visionary members. Please be assured that this forum is a secure, interactive trustee led space for trustees to share their experience, questions, challenges and learning with others and there will be plenty of time for discussion upon any area trustees wish.

Monday 16 November, 1pm to 2pm (monthly)
Finance forum
A regular opportunity for all involved in the financial management and oversight in their organisations to simply connect, share and develop. This forum is more about the how you manage finances i.e. accounting, practical budget management, cash flow, financial systems/software used etc. Experienced in financial management but new to charity accounting? Then simply come along and discuss with others queries from how to monitor restricted income spend to the charity SORP.

Wednesday 25 November, 2pm to 3pm
Moving Charles Bonnet Syndrome and its community to centre stage
Aimed at fundraisers of all levels, this forum will provide fundraisers with a platform to collaborate and share ideas to benefit local sight loss organisations. The group will discuss what has worked and what hasn’t, new fundraising ideas and opportunities as well as successful campaigns and marketing pitches. The session will be facilitated by Sue Piper, Head of Fundraising at Kent Association for the Blind.

Tuesday 1 December, 12pm to 1pm (monthly)
Rehab forum
Following the success of our first Rehab Workers Forum, this session will be of interest to any members involved in delivering rehab services. The aim of the forum is to provide you with a space to regularly share new ideas and support each other through these difficult times. It will be an opportunity for you to connect with other people working in rehab who are facing similar challenges to talk about real life practical solutions.

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