York Sight Loss Council is looking for new members! If you are blind and partially sighted, live in York and want to improve services for visually impaired people in your area, we want to hear from you!

Why should I join York Sight Loss Council?

Our monthly meetings are still being held virtually for now but you can advocate for blind and partially sighted people from your home. Make a difference – work with policy makers and local service providers to improve access for blind and partially sighted people in the area.

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)

Our highlights:

York Sight Loss Council members spoke to the BBC Look North and ITV Yorkshire about the negative impact the blue badge ban would have on people with visual impairment.

Read an article by engagement manager, Iain Mitchell about York council’s TRO, here.

Read York SLCs objection to York Council TRO below:

York Sight Loss Council objection to Extended Foot-streets

Watch the webinar here

Iain Mitchell

Iain Mitchell is the Engagement Manager for York Sight Loss Council.

He has a visual impairment, caused by Albinism, Nystagmus and photo sensitivity.

Iain Mitchell “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

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

Have your say on the work of York Sight Loss Council

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

Let us know the issues you feel we should focus on.

Fill in our short survey here

Meet our members:

Simon Sharpe

Simon Sharpe

My name is Simon Sharpe and I live in Selby. I was registered blind four years ago and I’m a long cane user. I previously worked in the food industry for 30 years in management and research roles. My interests are martial arts and fitness. I am involved in visually impaired groups in Hull, York and Selby. I am hoping to facilitate change by helping others to create a level playing field for sighted and visually impaired people.

Diane smiling

Diane Roworth

My name is Diane Roworth,  and I am registered blind. I am fortunate to have spent most of my working life in the sight loss sector. In 2017 I retired as Chief Officer of York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (now MySight), having started with them as a volunteer 27 years previously. On retiring I was presented with the RNIB Vision Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award, and also the Paul Harris fellowship from my local Rotary Group (of which I am now a member). I enjoy gardening, travelling, sailing and volunteering.  I believe there is a lack of understanding of the impact sight loss can have on a person’s life and that the best people to explain that impact are visually impaired people themselves.  I look forward to working together for positive change on issues of local and national importance.

Caroline Hayward

Caroline Hayward

Hello, my name is Caroline I am registered as having sight loss along with other disabilities and mobility problems.  I have been involved with My Sight York. For a number of  years.

One of my main interests is my cat called princess who has really helped with my mental wellbeing. She is pure white with one green eye and one blue. I love shopping and my passion is fashion. I enjoy going out with friends and socialising. I also enjoy the outdoors and walking.  I am a very chatty  person who likes to help others if I can and make a difference

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