South Yorkshire

Thank you for visiting South Yorkshire Sight Loss Council (SLC). Our new SLC offers an exciting and fresh opportunity to have the voices of blind and partially sighted people heard in South Yorkshire. We are delighted to welcome you.

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

Our first Yorkshire-based Sight Loss Council launched in 2020. Since then, we have expanded into North and West Yorkshire, and plan to launch in South Yorkshire in 2024.

This means that blind and partially sighted people will have representation across the whole county. Together, we can raise awareness of the daily challenges we face and work together in partnership to influence change.

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.

“I strongly believe that SLCs are the most effective way of driving forward positive change. We do this through our volunteers using their lived experience, knowledge, skills, and talents, to advocate for their communities.

“We work on local, regional, and national projects – it is this collective voice that opens doors. We want to partner with local sight loss charities and echo, amplify and support them in championing the group of blind and partially sighted people they represent.”

Iain Mitchell, Senior Engagement Manager, North England


Join South Yorkshire Sight Loss Council

South Yorkshire 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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