Visionary Briefing 25 October 2017

Visionary Briefing

News from across the sector for our members

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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



RNIB Update for Visionary members

As many of you know, we have been working with RNIB (and others) to share feedback from our members and to see how we can develop our joint working models to build better, more connected services, for blind and partially sighted people across the UK. We’ve seen some real movement on this front over the last 6 months but, as always, change doesn’t happen overnight and those of us involved in the discussions recognise that there is a lot more to do to put some of this into action and to address the issues we are facing together. We’re already involved in some exciting projects on this front and will look to bring you more news on those as we progress. In the meantime, here is an update from Philippa Simkiss, Head of Partnerships at RNIB. Read more


Visionary Matters

New Visionary Website

We are thrilled to announce our new and improved Visionary website, which was launched on Monday 23 October 2017.

The new website is still accessed through and has familiar features, such as Key News, Events, Vacancies and the Charity Locator. However, it has been revamped so that it is more accessible, user-friendly, and contains additional information that is relevant to our members.

Visionary Annual Conference 2017

Due to cancellations, delegate and accommodation places have become available. Availability is very limited so if you are interested in attending please contact us. For full details including the final programme click here

GDPR Support

We are pleased with the innovation and support amongst the Visionary membership in response to changes in the law on data protection. However, we realise that there is still a lot of uncertainty around proposed changes and how best to respond in order to remain compliant and promote best practice when it comes to managing people’s data. We want to tell you how Visionary plans to support local organisations, to address these changes and provide you with some direction and resources to get
you started. Read more

Visionary Technology Resources Bulletin
Issue 1

We are pleased to share the first issue of our Visionary Technology Resources Bulletin exclusively available to members in the Knowledge Hub. We have compiled a list of apps, links, blogs and technology information in alphabetical order for people with a visual impairment. We hope you will find these tools useful. Read more

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

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has confirmed Sally Harvey as its new Chief Executive. Sally, who has been Acting Chief Executive since October 2016, is appointed with immediate effect. Read more


Also this week

The Charity Commission has issued an alert encouraging charities to be on alert to potential phishing attacks. Read more

Kingston Smith is offering charities the chance to win a short animated film specifically created to promote their message. Read more

Two out of five optician appointments not up to scratch, according to Which? investigation. Read more

Kent Association for the Blind are currently exploring their options to resume delivery of the Foundation Degree in VI Rehabilitation. Read more

Rehab Workers Professional Network (RWPN) has said that their members can now claim tax relief on their subscriptions, if rehab workers generate income from self-employment within Rehab.

As part of the PPI deadline campaign the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is keen to ensure the message is reaching vulnerable people. For more Information on the deadline and how to receive information in different formats click here.


Dates for your diary

25 October – RP Fighting Blindness Information Day, Hereford. Read more
1 – 2 November – Visionary Annual Conference, Birmingham. Read more
5 November – RSBC Blindfold run, London. Read more
7 November – SCOVI Annual Conference, Perth. Read more
7 – 8 November – Sight Village, London/ Read more
16 November – Charles Bonnet Syndrome/Esme’s Umbrella Day Read more
23 November – Visibility Whisky tasting evening, Glasgow. Read more
3 December – VICTA, BucksVision & Sight Concern Christmas Party, Milton Keynes. Read more


Don’t miss

Member news on our website
Sector vacancies on our website
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