West of England

Welcome to the West of England Sight Loss Council page. Formerly known as Bristol Sight Loss Council, we launched in May 2019.

We are passionate about campaigning and advocating for the needs of blind and partially sighted people and meet once a month to discuss accessibility issues raised by the community.

Over the last four years we have:

  • produced a video with an NHS Trust to promote the importance of the Accessible Information Standard
  • worked with Bristol City Council to produce a video for taxi drivers about assisting people with a visual impairment
  • worked with arts and culture venues to develop their accessibility including increasing audio description
  • supported First Bus in improving their services for blind and partially sighted people including organising two ‘Meet the Bus’ events
  • worked with National Rail to produce the first ever audio guide of a mainline train station

We are now expanding Bristol Sight Loss Council to cover two neighbouring local authorities, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

As a result, we looking for blind and partially sighted people who are passionate about creating change, and living in North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, to join us.

Meet the members


Alun Davies“We are really excited to be expanding our Sight Loss Council to cover North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. All Sight Loss Councils are led and supported by blind and partially sighted people. Our aim to make a real impact and positive change in local communities.

“We are calling out to all blind and partially sighted people in in North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. If you want to improve access and awareness amongst service providers and businesses in your area, we want to hear from you!”

Alun Davies, Engagement Manager for South West England

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.

Bristol SLC member, Emma Blackmore is smiling at the camera in a selfie. She is wearing glasses and has her white SLC hoodie on.“Joining West of England Sight Loss Council allows me to help blind and partially sighted people in my community. It has also helped me gain more confidence, skills, and meet lots of people who are on similar journeys.  It gives me more purpose.”

Emma, West of England 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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