The Black Country Sight Loss Council held a launch event in August 2018 at Beacon Centre in Wolverhampton. Since then, the Council has grown and is now actively participating in local projects to improve accessibility.
Meet the Staff
“My name is Louise and I am the Engagement Manager for Black Country. I have been registered Sight impaired since birth and severely sight impaired from the age of 7.
I enjoy spending time with my two young children and generally living life to the full, travelling and socialising with friends and family. I am extremely passionate about raising awareness of Visual Impairments, Instilling confidence in other VIPs and Educating and Encouraging the wider world to understand how to become more VI friendly.
Previously I worked in marketing, public sector and more recently I ran the Low Vision Department at the Beacon Centre for the Blind in Wolverhampton. I really believe that with the right attitude and support network, we can all achieve whatever we put our minds to.”
Meet the members
“I joined the Black Country SLC two years a go, as I feel strongly about making an impact and representing the visually impaired community. I am passionate about encouraging others in their daily life – specifically in areas of Transport and Health, including raising awareness with Local Authorities and Drs Surgeries. I am dedicated to raising awareness with the wider public to understand that we do not all fit the same stereotype.
In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, meeting friends old and new. She has a love for surrealism and impressionist art. I believe that the way forward for people who are VI is through technology and I would like to explore and learn new skills whilst making a positive difference.”
“I became severely sight impaired over 15-years-ago with a form of Macular Degeneration. I have been a guide dog owner for the past 9 years. I joined the Black Country SLC from the very beginning to highlight the challenges faced by VI people within my community.
I have enjoyed taking part in various events, forums and activities during my time as a council member such as issues regarding transport, travel, health services and access to restaurants.
In my spare time I enjoy singing in my local choir and exploring new places with my guide dog Quita.”
“I have been registered severely sight impaired for almost 20 years due to a detached retina after a serious assault. I have no sight in one eye and limited vision in the other. I joined the Black Country SLC 2 years ago, because I am passionate about helping others overcome barriers connected with adjusting to living with a visual impairment.
In my spare time, I enjoy participating in Voluntary work at my local hospice along with my guide dog Nelson. I like to keep fit and am regularly found at the gym or playing VI Cricket.