Visionary Briefing 13 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.
If this format does not suit you, please let us know via email and we will be happy to provide it in another format.


This week

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



Vision Support (in Chester) recently successfully challenged a local authority sensory contract tendering process. This resulted in a 6 month extension to their current agreement and secured jobs. The commissioners have since cancelled the contract award process and will be conducting a new tendering process in the future.


Visionary Matters

Important changes to Visionary’s regional model

We have made changes to how we reach and support members
across the UK. Previously each organisation had a Relationship Manager who would be their point of contact for help and advice. As the team expanded we found that this model did not work efficiently, therefore, we have now adopted a regional/country group model. Each region or country will have a dedicated lead from the core Visionary team who will be a point of contact for the members within this area. They will work closely with the Regional
Representative and work alongside leads from our partners (EVS, RNIB, Blind Veterans UK, etc.). This will allow us to work more cohesively within each area and increase our understanding of what is happening across the country.
The Regional Leads will be in contact with their respective Regional Representatives shortly, and arrange catch up meetings with each of you over the coming weeks and months.

Visionary Annual Conference 2017 Early Bird discounts end soon!

Don’t miss your chance to attend this year’s Visionary Annual Conference! For our Early Bird discounts book before 5pm on 15 September.


Infosound produces and distributes information for people who live with sight loss, free of charge, across England, Scotland and Wales. They have already successfully worked with some Visionary members and are keen to link in with more local sight loss charities. They can promote your organisation, activities and events to blind and partially
sighted people through their audio library, which receives up to 1,500 visits every day. They also want to increase their reach, and can provide free demonstration CDs for promotion to your service users. For further information please visit Infosound


Key news

The AllParty Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment is running an Inquiry during 2017 into the issue of capacity in NHS eye care services in England.


Also this week

Call for Evidence: Experience of disabled people in participating in elections.

National Eye Health Week electronic resource centre updated with a range of new materials for 2017.

Wiltshire Sight hopes to encourage people to take better care of their sight during National Eye Health Week (19 – 25 September) with the launch of a guide to healthy vision.

RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards 2017 nominations now open.

Charities must better plan to mitigate cyber risks.


Dates for your diary

14 September Kidz to Adultz, Edinburgh.
16 September Macular Society London Conference, London.
18 24 September National Eye Health Week.
26 September HERIB AGM, Hull.
27 September Sight Village, Manchester.
28 September Disability Rights UK Job Tips Webinar.
4 October Eye Contact Expo, Hampshire.
1 2 November Visionary Annual Conference, Birmingham.
7 November SCOVI Annual Conference, Perth.


Don’t miss

Member news on our website
Sector vacancies on our website
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