Thank you for visiting the Derbyshire Sight Loss Council page.

We are delighted to be launching Derbyshire Sight Loss Council this spring. It is our second SLC in the East Midlands, and follows on from the success of Nottinghamshire SLC.

Sight Loss Councils, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, are regional groups led by blind and partially sighted (BPS) volunteers. Together, we use our lived experience to tackle the things that really matter to blind and partially sighted people, every day.

We are now looking for enthusiastic, BPS volunteers, living in Derbyshire, to join us. If you want to help us improve services for people with sight loss across the county, then we would love to hear from you.

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Meet the members

Head shot of Matt Harrison, Engagement Manager for East Midlands. Matt is standing against a white wall and smiling at the camera. He is wearing a black shirt and a blazer.“Hi, my name is Matt Harrison and I am the Engagement Manager for East Midlands.

“Following the successful launch of Nottinghamshire SLC in the summer of 2023, I am really pleased to be recruiting volunteers for our forthcoming Derbyshire council.

“I am really passionate about promoting equity for blind and partially sighted people. Whether it is regarding accessible transport, the built environment, health, retail, arts and culture, or sport and leisure, if you feel the same, we’d love to hear from you.”

Why should I volunteer?

If you want to make a real difference in your local area on the issues that affect blind and partially sighted people, joining our Sight loss Council could be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you.

Join us

You will work with policy makers and local service providers to improve access for blind and partially sighted people in your local community. It is also a great opportunity to come together with other blind and partially sighted people in your area.

This is your chance to develop your skills and influence positive change.

Dannie Gage, Derbyshire SLC member. Dannie is standing amongst a field of towering sunflowers, holding a small fluffy dog, under her arm. She is smiling at the camera.

“By joining Derbyshire Sight Loss Council, I hope to raise awareness of the barriers blind and partially sighted people may encounter, and how we can overcome them.

“I want to champion quality of life initiatives to improve independence for people with sight loss.”

Dannie Gage, Derbyshire SLC volunteer

Hear from our volunteers about why you should join us

Training and development 

It’s really important to us that you get as much as possible out of volunteering. You’ll receive relevant training and the opportunity to learn and/or enhance your skills. Anyone can get involved, whether they are interested in public speaking or honing their social media skills.

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