The Bristol Sight Loss Council held its launch event on 28th March 2019 and has proved popular with members signing up fast and holding their first meeting in May 2019. We look forward to seeing what they achieve in the future. Read on to find out more about the team and the first meeting. 

Meet the Staff

Alun Davies

Image of Alun, sight loss council managerAlun is the Engagement Manager for the Bristol Sight Loss Council and he has been totally blind since losing his sight at 14. Alun has a long history of improving the lives of people with disabilities since getting involved with campaigns at university in the 1980s. In 1991, Alun moved to Bristol to work in community engagement for people with disabilities, aiming to break down barriers to society. As a former Councillor, Alun is well connected to the local community in Bristol and has vast work experience including working for a local authority in social services, a health service board and writing for the local newspaper.

The First Meeting

The Bristol Sight Loss Council had its inaugural meeting on Friday 17th May with eight of the new ten members in attendance. The meeting was uplifting with many positive comments from the members saying how much experience and knowledge there is among the team. The Sight Loss Council members were enthusiastic and couldn't wait to get started on bringing about positive change for people with a visual impairment in the city.

Image of Sight Loss Council meeting

During the meeting, it was evident that the immediate priorities are:

  • How local hospitals meet the access needs of patients with sight loss
  • The accessibility of the local bus network
  • The accessibility to arts venues and performances
  • The quality and timing of Rehabilitation services

We look forward to seeing progress in these over the coming months.

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