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Student volunteering week: ‘Volunteering is a really good way to get into the industry you want to work in’
Sight Loss Council member, Ada Eravama, discusses skills and positive experiences she’s gained from volunteering.
#StreetsForAll: ‘I feel more anxious about going out in future’
One-way systems, street barriers and outdoor street furniture are negatively impacting the independence of blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Agon Klinaku, a severely sight impaired guide dog user, talks about...
Announcing the New Bedfordshire Sight Loss Council
We’re really excited to announce the launch of a new Sight Loss Council in Bedfordshire.
Student Volunteering Week: Celebrating the power of giving
During 8–14 February 2021, Sight Loss Councils and Thomas Pocklington trust are teaming up to celebrate Student Volunteering Week.
Introducing Tyne and Wear Sight Loss Council
Today, we are launching a Sight Loss Council in Tyne and Wear, which will advocate for the needs of blind and partially sighted people and effect positive change in the region.
Inaccessible street designs endangering blind pedestrians
Inaccessible street designs are threatening the safety and independence of blind and partially sighted pedestrians.
Influencing change: Our 2020 highlights
discover some of the ways Sight Loss Councils have been advocating for the needs of blind and partially sighted people across the UK in 2020.
Standing up for blind and partially sighted people on vaccines and testing
SLCs are working with other sight loss sector organisations to ensure Covid testing is accessible for blind and partially sighted people. Read the guidance here.
Sight Loss Councils represented on Tier’s new Safety Board
SLCs will be represented on the new UK and Ireland safety board launched by Europe’s largest e-scooter operator Tier which aims to raise safety standards across the sector.
e-scooter operator Lime responds to concerns of blind people
e-bike and e-scooter operator Lime has responded to the concerns of blind and partially sighted people by developing new safety messaging for riders and committing to explore options for an acoustic vehicle alert system.
Celebrating our amazing volunteers this December
Join us in our celebrations to thank our amazing volunteers as we approach the end of another year and find out how you can get involved!
Sight Loss Council pilot opens up masterpieces to visually impaired people
A pilot online art description project involving six Sight Loss Councils members has led Royal Collection Trust to launch free monthly sessions, opening up masterpieces to blind and partially sighted people across the country.
Volunteer Managers Day: ‘Don’t let your visual impairment stop you’
For Volunteer Managers Day, Iain Mitchell, Engagement Manager for the Sight Loss Councils, reflects on his job and shares his advice on the importance of networking and seizing opportunities when looking for work.
Purple Tuesday: ‘Inaccessible websites can take away my independence’
For Purple Tuesday, Merseyside Sight Loss Council member Laura Kennedy talks about how shopping has changed for her during lockdown and how inaccessible websites can take away her ability to shop independently.
Sight Loss Councils slam Transport Committee’s latest report on e-scooters
Sight Loss Councils, which advocate for blind and partially sighted people across the UK, have slammed a report on e-scooters, just published by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.
E-scooter operator TIER commits to acoustic alert system
E-scooter operator TIER's CEO commits to installing acoustic vehicle alert system to its scooters to provide warning to blind and partially sighted pedestrians.
Stagecoach West makes buses more accessible
Stagecoach West has introduced a new AV system on its buses in consultation with Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council.
E-scooter trials: Guidance for local authorities and e-scooter rental operators
Due to Covid19, we’re being encouraged to use alternative forms of transport. One of the options favoured by the government is e-scooters. In fact, the government has allowed trials of e-scooters to take place, as long as they are rented from a licenced operator. At first glance, their introduction seems like a good idea.
Bristol and Gloucestershire VI forums: talking Covid19 support
We recently held two VI forums, one in Bristol and one in Gloucestershire, where blind and partially sighted people gathered on zoom to network and share their Covid-19 experiences.
BBC Radio Gloucester Interview: Ines and Alun talk social distancing
Engagement Manager Alun Davies, and Gloucester Sight Loss Council Member Ines Higgins, have been on BBC Radio Gloucester talking about the challenges and solutions to social distancing when visually impaired.
The Blind Spot: New podcast tells the stories, challenges and triumphs of blind and partially sighted people
Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has launched a new podcast sharing the stories and life experiences of blind and partially sighted people.
Covid-19 Guidance: How to put on and remove a mask safely when you are blind or partially sighted
From the 15th of June the government have made it compulsory that you wear a face mask or face covering when you access public transport, hospitals or other health settings. It is also advisable to wear a face-covering when in shops to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.
COVID-19 guidance: 6 ways health settings can support blind and partially sighted people
Do you work in a hospital or GP surgery? Ever wondered how you can support visually impaired people whilst socially distancing? Check out these six handy tips developed by our blind and partially sighted Sight Loss Council members.
Gavin’s story #VolunteersWeek
Meet #Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council member Gavin Higgins. He is passionate about raising awareness of the challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people and dedicated to making a positive difference to the #VisuallyImpaired people in his community.
Making positive change – Matt’s story
Meet Merseyside Sight Loss Council member Matt Cliff. He talks about projects he has been involved in, including sports and well-being taster sessions. He also shares the work the Sight Loss Council is doing to prepare for life after lockdown.
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