North Yorkshire

Welcome to North Yorkshire Sight Loss Council (SLC)

We are led by blind and partially sighted volunteers who use our lived experience to tackle the things that really matter to blind and partially sighted people, every day.

We meet once a month discuss our work on existing projects and plan future work. Our aim is to increase the accessibility of services and work with local and national service providers to make this happen.

Formally York and North Yorkshire SLCs, we joined forces in the autumn of 2023. This is because North Yorkshire’s current seven district councils will become one larger county council, under one regional mayor. 

Meet the members


Headshot of Iain Mitchell, Senior Engagement Manager for York & Humber. He is looking at the camera smiling. he is wearing a white shirt and grey, patterned tie. “Sight Loss Councils are the only platform I’m aware of, run purely by blind and partially sighted people. The councils address issues in their area and give visually impaired people a voice. That lived experience makes it unique. I’ve seen boardrooms and forums light up when someone stands up and talks about their lived experience. It opens doors.”

Iain Mitchell, Senior Engagement Manager for North England

Find out more about Iain in his blog post Don’t let your visual impairment stop 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.

“Sight Loss Councils allow blind and partially sighted people a platform to raise awareness and influence change.

“It provides an opportunity for like minded people who are at various stages of their sight loss journey to work together to increase their reach and impact in improving lives for the visually impaired people in their local communities.”

Beth Dale, York Sight Loss Council

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.

Stay in the know

If you want to stay up to date with news from the Sight Loss Councils, sign up to our mailing list.

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