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London SLCs attend 2023 CiTTi Awards
London Sight Loss Councils have presented an award, and been nominated for two awards at the 2023 City Transport and Traffic Innovation (CiTTi) Awards for their work to make our streets accessible.
It belongs in a museum’ – Essex SLC event success
29 November 2023
Over 36 blind and partially sighted residents across Essex came together to learn more about audio description at Essex Sight Loss Council’s (SLC) ‘‘It belongs in a museum’ event last month.
North Yorkshire SLC attend TIER’s acoustic alert pilot in York
27 November 2023
York blind and partially sighted residents in joined North Yorkshire Sight Loss Council last week at TIER’s acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) pilot. This is the first time the alert has been heard outside of London.
Sight Loss Council Communications Apprentice vacancy
22 November 2023
Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity dedicated to delivering positive change for blind and partially sighted people, has launched a new apprenticeship scheme. Due to a period of exciting growth, we are looking for a communications apprentice to support the work of our Sight Loss Councils.
Northumberland SLC celebrates second birthday
14 November 2023
Northumberland Sight Loss Council has celebrated its second birthday and its work to create change for blind and partially sighted people across the region.
Yorkshire and Humberside Let’s Get Active multi-sport taster event success
10 November 2023
Over 35 blind and partially sighted people attended our fully booked multi-sport taster event created by and for blind and partially sighted people in York on 3 November.
The power of the Purple Pound
07 November 2023
Today, Sight Loss Councils are celebrating Purple Tuesday and the power of the ‘Purple Pound.’ This is part of their work to make retail and shopping more accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
New report highlights barriers to accessing transport
01 November 2023
Sight Loss Councils (SLC) and Thomas Pocklington Trust have launched a report that highlights the challenges blind and partially sighted (BPS) people face accessing transport. #MakeTransportAccessible report – PDF...
Travelling blind: my rail journey as a blind passenger
01 November 2023
Sight Loss Council member, Steve, describes what a journey for a blind passenger is like and why making transport accessible is essential so blind and partially sighted people can maintain their independence.
Sight Loss Councils welcome U-turn on ticket office closures
31 October 2023
Sight Loss Councils and Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) are calling for a national government strategy to address inaccessible rail travel, following issues raised in the ticket office closure consultation.
Launch of Lancashire Sight Loss Council
23 October 2023
This month saw the launch of Lancashire Sight Loss Council. It joins an expanding network of SLC across the country, which are due to roll out in Scotland in 2024.
Rodney Powell Volunteer Awards: 2023 Winners
20 October 2023
Thomas Pocklington Trust presented the 2023 Rodney Powell Volunteer Awards at our annual Sight Loss Council volunteer conference on 7 October 2023.
“The power of lived experience” – Sight Loss Council Conference 2023
20 October 2023
On 8 and 9 October, we held our third annual Sight Loss Council Volunteer Conference in Birmingham. The conference was supported by Navilens, and this year’s theme was ‘The Power of Lived Experience.’
Beauty masterclass helps make retail accessible
16 October 2023
Blind and partially sighted (BPS) people in Greater Manchester were given the opportunity to gain some top tips on how to apply makeup and skincare at a beauty masterclass.
Essex Sight Loss Council celebrates second birthday
29 September 2023
Essex Sight Loss Council is celebrating its second birthday and it’s work to create positive change for blind and partially sighted people.
East Sussex SLC produce ‘Top Tips for Describing Art’ guide
25 September 2023
Art galleries, artists and museums across England are set to benefit from the launch of a describing art guide created by and for blind and partially sighted (BPS) people.
Volunteer-led project to make health accessible for blind and partially sighted people: lessons learnt
15 September 2023
West of England Sight Loss Council developed a high impact partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust to make health accessible for blind and partially sighted (BPS) people.
London SLCs and TfL partner to increase accessibility of transport
12 September 2023
London Sight Loss Councils have developed a partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to increase the accessibility of transport across the city.
Manchester multi-sport taster event success
11 September 2023
Over 60 blind and partially sighted people attended our hugely successful Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council’s multi-sport taster event on 19 August.
Stroud Town councillors walk blind in town centre
06 September 2023
Stroud Town councillors have been learning first-hand about the barriers which prevent the town centre being accessible for all.
Launch of Sight Loss Councils in Scotland
23 August 2023
Sight Scotland, Sight Scotland Veterans and Visibility Scotland are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust, they are launching new Sight Loss Councils in Scotland.
Goalball for all: Exciting new taster sessions across the UK!
22 August 2023
Goalball UK have announced thirteen new goalball taster sessions scheduled to take place in locations around the country as part of ensuring a lasting impact to the IBSA World Games.
TPT and SLCs unveil findings of new leisure and fitness report during IBSA World Games
21 August 2023
As the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games takes place across Birmingham from 18-27 August, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils have unveiled the findings of a new report to help increase the accessibility of leisure and fitness.
World Blind Games is open
18 August 2023
Today marks the opening of the 2023 International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games in Birmingham. West Midlands Sight Loss Councils (SLCs) have worked alongside partners at this event, as part of our work to make sport accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
Nottinghamshire SLC joins our expanding network
11 August 2023
We are thrilled to announce the recent launch of Nottinghamshire Sight Loss Council. It is our 19th SLC in England and is the latest to join our expanding network across the country.
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