Tyne and Wear

Our Tyne and Wear Sight Loss Council launched in January 2021.

If you are blind and partially sighted, live in Tyne and Wear and interested in advocating for visually impaired people, we want to hear from you!

If you are interested in finding out more information about volunteering for the Sight Loss Councils, read the Volunteer Role Description below and fill in our short expression of interest form. If you would like to apply to become a Sight Loss Council member, apply online.

Volunteer Role Description Sight Loss Council Member (DOCX, 60 KB)

 

Project specific roles

We are looking for blind or partially sighted people living in Tyne & Wear to support specific projects. See what roles are available below:

Accessible Sport and Fitness project

We are looking for blind or partially sighted people living in Tyne & Wear to plan and organise an event which will help improve the employment prospects for blind and partially sighted people in the region.

Find out more here

 

Employment Event organiser

We are looking for blind or partially sighted people living in Tyne & Wear to plan and organise an event which will help improve the employment prospects for blind and partially sighted people in the region.

Find out more here

 

Our highlights

  • Tackling e-scooter safety:

Tyne and Wear Sight Loss Council spoke to the Express about the dangers private e-scooters pose for blind and partially sighted pedestrians.

Read the article here

  • Improving access to sports and leisure:

Read about Tyne and Wear SLC’s recent visit to Parks Leisure centre in Tyneside.

Read more here

Tyne and Wear SLC held a Virtual Webinar on access to inclusive sport in Tyne and Wear. The webinar included sporting opportunities and experiences of accessing sport.

Watch the webinar recording here

 

Learn more about the Sight Loss Councils

In the video below, Engagement Manager Eamonn Dunne, explains why you should consider becoming an SLC member.

                         

 

Have your say

What are services like for you as a blind and partially sighted person living in Tyne and Wear?

Let us know what issues matter to you. Fill in our short survey here.

Meet our members

Martin Kearney

I’m Martin Kearney and I’m a Rehabilitation Officer for The Visually Impaired for Newcastle Social Services. I joined the Sight Loss Council to help improve services for VI people across Tyne & Wear and the wider area. I have been living and working in the northeast for over 20 years.

Graham Light

My name is Graham Light, l am 50 years of age and currently live on my own in the Benton area of Newcastle. When younger l engaged in all forms of sport and worked as a Highways/ Environmental Engineer for a National Civil Engineering Consultancy in their Newcastle office.

At the age of twenty one my career was permanently interrupted when l was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The subsequent surgery left me immobile on the right side of my body and visually impaired.

The personal struggle to seek to adapt and rebuild my life provided me with both invaluable experience and a drive to help others in the same or similar situations.

An integral part of my recovery effort included the continuance of my education and in this respect l managed to secure a BSc with honours .

My passion to improve the lives of visually challenged and the disabled lead me to be appointed a Trustee of Brainbox Acquired Head Injury Charity and a committed Volunteer for the Sight Loss Council.

Hazel Hyland

Hazel Hyland

Hi, I’m Hazel Hyland, a member of the Tyne and Wear Sight Loss Council. I have recently joined the team so that I can continue working to improve things for visually impaired people.

 

I have many years of volunteering history behind me. These include various roles with RNIB, THE VIP LOUNGE, Newcastle Vision Support, and the children’s ministry at Jesmond Parish Church. I have campaigned on a variety of issues from the Accessible information Standards for the NHS to taking MPs on blindfold walks to highlight issues faced on a daily basis.

 

I’m not all work and no play. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching different documentaries, socialising with friends either virtually or in person, and spending time with my family.

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