Visionary Briefing 06 December 2017

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



Henshaws’ Children and Young People’s (CYP) project in Oldham won the ‚ÄòTogether We Are Stronger’ award at this year’s Visionary Annual Conference.

The ‘Together We Are Stronger’ category was set up to recognise projects that demonstrate the positive impact of linking with others to develop and deliver services. It was awarded to Henshaws’ Children and Young People’s (CYP) project, which was recognised as an innovative example of how working in partnership achieves positive outcomes for CYP and families living with sight loss. By joining skills, knowledge and expertise, Henshaws were able to provide Family Support and Eye Health Education to families and communities, reaching more people than ever, which is more than they could have working alone. They worked in partnership with the Sensory Education Team, Eye Heroes, SeeAbility, ophthalmologists, local Colleges, Mahdlo and a local dance and theatre company – working together to go ‚Äòbeyond expectations’ for visually impaired CYP!Director of Community Services Rob Cooper and Community Services Manager Fiona McMullen accepted the award at the annual Visionary conference in Birmingham.Read more


Visionary Matters

Visionary Annual Conference 2017 Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the Visionary Annual Conference 2017 surveys, for both attendees and non-attendees. Your feedback really is invaluable to us and helped to shape the conference, so it’s good to know that we’re on the right track, with 57 out of 59 respondents giving an overall score of 7 or above. As always, there are some learning points for us to take away, which we’ll use to make next year’s conference the best yet!

Consent under GDPR

The GDPR sets a high standard for consent. Consent means offeringpeople genuine choice and control over howtheir data is used. Whenconsent is used properly, it helps you build trust and enhance yourreputation. We have addedguidance,including examples to helpyou create GDPR complaintconnectforms to our online knowledge hub. It can be found in Knowledge Hub>Outcome &Impact Measurement>Data Protection.

New online guide to Assistive and Inclusive Technology, coming soon

Thomas Pocklington Trust is working collaboratively on a new sector-wide online technology resourcewhich will give an overview of the typesof assistive and inclusive technology solutions that can enable greater independence for people with sight loss at home. Building on the information found in “Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology: A guide for people with sight loss” published by Thomas Pocklington Trust in 2016, the site will provide information on accessible products across a variety of areas, from using kitchen and laundry appliances to accessing television. We are aiming to publish the site in spring 2018. For now, we’re particularly keen on hearing about positive experiences and practical solutions already being used to make domestic appliances and smart home products accessible. If you are aware of any appliances which are worthy of particular mention for their ease of use, or have come across any innovative smart home products already making a practical difference, please get intouch.

Laughter the best medicine

Are you organising an event, a conference, a team meetingor something similar? Do you want an innovative, connecting, informative and interactive ‚Äòlaughter the best medicine’ experience, like the one at the recent Visionary conference? Sessions are tailored to your particular event, so get intouch.Read more


Key news

The UK’s model of professional regulation for healthcare professionals has become complex and outdated. It needs to change to better protect patients, to support our health services and to help the workforce meet future challenges. Improved and more responsive healthcare professional regulation is a shared ambition for both the regulators and all 4 UK governments.Read more


Also this week

Charities are invited to add their events to the UK’s most comprehensive list of fundraising and awareness events for 2018.Read more

Former MSP takes up new policy role for sight loss charity Royal Blind Group.Read more

National Lottery money to fund digital innovation to help millions of visually impaired people.Read more

New fundraising platform offers 600% more on donations from purchases.Read more

VAT implications of sharing your charity’s property.Read more

Monitoring workers – a cautionary tale.Read more

Facebook to drop fees on donations made via the platform.Read more


Dates for your diary

25 December – Christmas Day
19 January -Wiltshire Sight 100th Anniversary Concert,Calne.Read more
29 April – Big Blind Walk 2018.Read more
25 May – GDPR Legislation comes into effect

Don’t miss

Member news on our website
Sector vacancies on our website
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