Welcome to Hampshire Sight Loss Council.

With Sight Loss Councils (SLC) established in East and West Sussex, we are excited to announce the launch of our third SLC in the South East, in Spring 2024.

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.

Our new SLC will engage with the local BPS community and advocate on their behalf to create positive change. We will do this by working with local businesses and service providers on three main projects.


We will work in collaboration with SLCs across England, with transport providers, to make their services more accessible to BPS people.

Built Environment

We will work with other SLCs from the South of England to tackle some of the issues BPS people encounter in navigating the built environment. This could include pavement parking, street clutter, overgrown vegetation, e-bikes and e-scooters.

Local project

This will be decided in our first meetings. Our local project will be something that is important to BPS people living in Hampshire. Previous examples of local projects include work to make retail, health services, arts and culture, or sport and leisure accessible.

Dave Smith, Engagement Manager for South East England, pictured at the 2023 SLC Conference. Dave is speaking into a microphone.“I’m really excited to be launching our third Sight Loss Council in Hampshire.

“Hampshire is the largest county within my region and has the most registered blind and partially sighted people. I know our work as an SLC will further support these people, providing them with better access and services as a result.

“I’m really looking forward to building new networks, creating new partnerships, and meeting lots of new people too. If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, get in touch.”

Dave Smith, Engagement Manager for South East England

Join Hampshire Sight Loss Council

Hampshire Sight Loss Council is recruiting new members who live in the local area.

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.

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. Whether you’re interested in public speaking or honing your social media skills, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

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