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#StreetsForAll: Phase 1: E-scooters and pavement parking
#StreetsForAll Phase 2: Inaccessible street designs
Employment and Skills resources
Health and Well-being resources
Inclusive Communities resources
The roadmap out of lockdown
COVID-19: resources for blind and partially sighted people
York Sight Loss Council reasserts objection to York council’s discriminatory traffic regulation order
York Sight Loss Council reasserts their objection to York council’s traffic regulation order that will discriminate against disabled people. The council’s executive will have the final say on 18 November.
A new Sight Loss Council launches in Northumberland
A new Sight Loss Council, led by blind and partially sighted people, has launched in Northumberland and is inviting other visually impaired in the county people to join.
Tyne and Wear Sight Loss Council visit Parks Leisure centre in North Tyneside
Earlier this month, Tyne and Wear Sight Loss Council were invited to Parks Leisure centre in North Tyneside by Team Leader Gary Jacques.
Nine out of ten blind people denied access to health information
New research by Sight Loss Councils has found that as many as nine in ten blind people do not receive essential information about appointments, medical treatment and medications in an accessible format.
West Midlands SLCs highlight the obstacles that visually impaired people face whilst shopping and socialising
West Midlands Sight Loss Councils invited the public, retailers and staff to experience shopping as a blind or partially sighted person at Merry Hill Shopping Centre., which was lit up purple to mark Purple Tuesday!
York SLC campaign to make restaurants more accessible
York Sight Loss Council launches campaign to transform the quality of service blind and partially sighted people experience in eating establishments across the city.
Purple Tuesday 2021
Sight Loss Councils across the UK, led by blind and partially sighted people, are raising awareness of Purple Tuesday, the national event aimed at improving the customer experience for disabled people. There are a number of small things retailers can do that make a huge difference to the experience for blind and partially sighted people.
‘You can achieve anything with teamwork and collaboration’ – Sight Loss Council Conference
We held our first-ever Sight Loss Council conference on 8 October. The conference enabled Sight Loss Council members to come together, share skills and ideas to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people in their communities.
Volunteers recognised at Rodney Powell Awards
Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) launched the awards to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution volunteers make to both the charity and the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council: “Our approach to e-scooter trials is proactive and solutions focused”
On 22 September, Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council and e-scooter operator Lime invited blind and partially sighted Greater Manchester residents to a Meet the e-scooter drop-in event.
How to improve mental health care for visually impaired people in Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, Integrated Care System, invited Bedfordshire Sight Loss Council to their transforming mental health care event on 29 September. The event focused on how to improve mental health support across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
Welcome Essex Sight Loss Council
A new Sight Loss Council has launched in Essex. Essex Sight Loss Council will campaign for positive change and tackle a range of issues affecting blind and partially sighted people, such as e-scooter safety and access to health and social care.
Sight Loss Council Conference 2021
We are hosting our first-ever national Sight Loss Council conference on 8-10 October in Birmingham! The conference will showcase and celebrate the work Sight Loss Councils have achieved. It is also a chance for SLC members to meet one another, share ideas and skills.
Webinar recording: Life after lockdown in Merseyside
On the 27th of August, York Sight Loss Council held a free accessible transport webinar and a subtitled recording is now available. The webinar is an excellent opportunity to learn about talking buses, assistance on trains, navigating taxis, and tackling e-scooter safety in York.
My university experience as a visually impaired student
Read about Black Country SLC member Natalie's time at university and her plans to apply her experience and knowledge gained during her degree to her role as a Black Country Sight Loss Council member.
How accessible are the new Merseyrail trains?
Merseyrail invited Merseyside Sight Loss Council members on an exclusive tour of their new trains to familiarise themselves in advance of them going into service.
Webinar recording: Accessible sports and leisure VI Forum in the West Midlands
In July, West Midlands Sight Loss Council held a VI forum all about accessible sports and activities for blind and partially sighted people in the region. Watch a subtitled recording of the seminar here.
“Small changes make a big difference”
Black Country Sight Loss Council teamed up with National Express to deliver its first-ever 'Meet the Buses' event at Wolverhampton bus depot. Read all about the event here.
Complete our Accessible Information Standard Survey
Do you experience barriers to receiving medical information? Let us know about your experiences with accessible NHS information in our Accessible Information Standard survey.
Voting now open for Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering
Voting is now open for the inaugural Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering which includes many of our Sight Loss Council members.
Influencing Change: An interview with Jules Lee
Julie (Jules) Lee joined Merseyside Sight Loss Council in September 2020.. Since then she has been involved in many of its activities and campaigns. We interviewed Jules to find out more on the projects she feels passionate about and the impact Sight Loss Council members make.
Blue badge ban will shut out disabled residents from York city centre
York Council’s plans to permanently ban blue badge holders from driving in pedestrianised streets during the day will shut disabled people out of the city centre, warns York Sight Loss Council.
Webinar recording: Inclusive sport in Tyne and Wear
Watch a recording of our June webinar to find out what accessible sports and activities are available in Tyne and Wear and how you can get involved.
#StreetsForAll: Making streets safer for blind and partially sighted people
Sight Loss Councils have been campaigning over the last eight months to make our public spaces safer and more accessible for blind and partially sighted pedestrians with our #StreetsForAll campaign.
Sight Loss Councils back Equal Pavements Pledge
Sight Loss Councils have joined forces with London pan-disability group Transport for All to promote the importance of accessible streets as part of our #StreetsForAll campaign.
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