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Sight Scotland, Sight Scotland Veterans, and Visibility Scotland are delighted to announce that in partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust, they are launching Sight Loss Councils in Scotland.

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

This is the first SLC to be developed in Scotland. It offers an exciting and fresh opportunity to have the voices of blind and partially sighted (BPS) people heard across Scotland.

We are delighted to welcome you, and are excited for this new venture.

We are currently recruiting across the central belt and will later expand down to Dumfries and Galloway. Our aim is to eventually be city and town specific across Scotland.

Establishing multiple SLCs in Scotland means that BPS people will have representation across the whole country. Together, we can raise awareness of some of the daily challenges we face, working together in partnership to influence positive change.

Callum Lancashire, Engagement Manager for Scotland, said:

Headshot of Callum Lancashire, Engagement Manager for Scotland. Callum is standing again a turquoise blue background with three yellow strips in the right hand corner. He is wearing a chunky, navy jumper and is turning towards the camera, smiling.“Sight Loss Councils are so important.

“We want people to talk, share their experiences – good and bad – and hopefully collectively, we can make a real change for the better.

“Everybody has the right to be treated the same whether that is going to work, the shops, appointments, football, rugby, or concerts.

“Blind and partially sighted people shouldn’t be looked at as a problem. Inclusivity should be a necessity.”

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 Sight Loss Councils in Scotland

Sight Loss Councils Scotland is recruiting new members who live across the central belt.

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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