Welcome to the Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council. Our first formal meeting was in January 2020 and our Engagement Manager is Alun Davies.
The council is led by people who are blind and partially sighted from Gloucestershire. We are passionate about campaigning and advocating for the needs of visually impaired people in the region.
We meet once a month to discuss any accessibility issues raised by the community and plan projects under our six themes of Education, Employment, Health, Technology, Transport and sport.
Highlights of our work are below.
Meeting Alex Chalk MP
We’ve met twice with Alex Chalk MP, who has been very supportive and listened to the concerns and ideas we put forward.
Stagecoach Audio-visual bus Announcements
We’ve worked closely With Stagecoach to ensure their new audio-visual bus announcements are accessible to people who are blind and partially sighted.
Twice a year, we hold visual impairment (VI) forums, which are open to anyone with a visual impairment living or working in Gloucestershire. The forums are relaxed sociable events where you can network, hear from speakers on key issues and share your experiences and views.
Adapting to Covid-19
Despite the lockdown, we’ve been working harder than ever to ensure blind and partially sighted people in our community receive the support they need. We have:
- Played a key role in the Sight Loss Council’s National Distancing Blind campaign.
- Produced social distancing guidance for businesses and services to support people with a visual impairment.
- Set-up an advisory group to provide Bristol Council with feedback on their new street re-designs.
- Advised organisations on alternative communication methods for those who don’t use digital platforms.
Feeling inspired to join us?
Drop our friendly volunteering team a line to get your application started. firstname.lastname@example.org