Sight Loss Councils are volunteer-led groups, advocating for change and inclusion for blind and partially sighted people. Each Sight Loss Council is made up of around 10-12 blind and partially sighted members who meet monthly to discuss accessibility issues and plan projects in their regions that fall under our six priority themes of:  

Education

Employment

Transport

Technology

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Heath & Social Care

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Sport & Leisure

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Sight Loss Councils are currently working in:

Birmingham

Black Country

Bristol

Merseyside

Tyne & Wear

The aims of the Sight Loss Councils are:

  • To improve the accessibility of services across the public, private and voluntary sectors for all blind and partially sighted people across the UK in the priority areas of Education, Employment, Transport, Technology, Sport & Leisure and Health & Social Care
  • For blind and partially sighted people to have a voice at a local, regional and national level
  • To improve the ability of blind and partially sighted people in the UK to fully participate in life and the community

How we will achieve our aims:

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  • Establishing an active and representative Sight Loss Council in every region
  • Increasing representation and involvement of blind and partially sighted people on decision-making boards and forums
  • Raising awareness and understanding of the needs of blind and partially sighted people
  • Collaborating with local services and businesses to improve their accessibility