Online Support Sessions

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.

These sessions are free to Visionary Members.

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

Register for online sessions
All online sessions have moved to Zoom so you will now need to pre-register. This will only take 1 minute and you can even do it just 2 minutes before the session! You just need to follow the links by each event as normal!

We are making this move due to feedback from you on accessibility and usability of Zoom over GoTo Meeting. If you have any concerns or problems with joining any of our events, please do just get in touch by email or call 0208 090 9264.

Every Tuesday, 10am to 11am
CEO weekly support session
Register and join here. Please note, if you have registered for a previous CEO weekly support session, you do not need to register again. Simply use the same joining details you received when you registered.
Our regular session for CEOs – usually no agenda, just an opportunity to share experiences, talk about what is working and find some peer support with what isn’t working so well. However, some sessions will be facilitated discussions on specific themes, such as the following:

  • 18 August 2020 – Philippa Crowther, CEO of Wilberforce Trust ‘Forming partnerships outside of the sight loss sector’
  • 25 August 2020 – Philippa Simkiss, Freelance Consultant ‘Understanding and using sight loss statistics’
  • 1 September 2020 – Mike Jenkins CEO of Cam Sight ‘Financial modelling and the new landscape’
  • 8 September 2020 – Lisa Cowley, CEO of Beacon Centre for the Blind ‘Challenges faced and lessons learnt as social care providers during COVID-19’
  • 22 September 2020 – Stuart Clayton CEO of Galloway’s Society for the Blind ‘Staff wellbeing’

Monday 17 August, 3pm to 4pm (monthly)
Finance forum
Register and join here.
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.

Tuesday 18 August, 11am to 12pm (monthly)
Rehab forum
Register and join here.
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.

Tuesday 18 August, 4pm to 5pm (every 8 weeks)
Trustees forum

Register and join here.
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. Whilst facilitated by Visionary this forum is very much aimed at creating a secure interactive trustee led space for trustees to share their experience, questions, challenges and learning with others.

Thursday 20 August, 10am to 11am (fortnightly)
Opening services and the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions ease
Register and join here. Please note, if you have registered previously for this session, you do not need to register again. Simply use the same joining details you received when you registered.
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.

Friday 21 August, 2pm to 3pm
Managing HR issues as COVID-19 restrictions ease and offices and services re-open
Register and join here.
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, offices and services can re-open. This session will focus upon the HR implications and common issues that can arise. Led by Alison Smith of Roots HR, and designed specifically for Visionary members, the session will address 3 main topics:

  1. Determining how and when a return to the workplace / office should be considered.
  2. Working through any employee concerns regarding a return.
  3. Balancing home and office working.

Alison will provide expert input, along with plenty of time for a Q and A discussion.

Thursday 3 September, 11am to 12pm (monthly)
Fundraisers forum
Register and join here.
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.

Thursday 10 September, 11am to 12pm
Small organisation forum
Register and join here.
Join other leaders of small organisations at this informal session. It’s a space for small organisations to meet and share their challenges, frustrations, ideas, opportunities and successes. Led by CEO of Wakefield District Sight Aid, Hayley Grocock.

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