Happy Anniversary: Celebrating 5 years of Birmingham Sight Loss Council!
This new year we are celebrating the 5 year anniversary of of Birmingham Sight Loss Council!
As soon as it launched, Birmingham SLC members hit the ground running.
We look back at some of the work Birmingham SLCs has done to advocate for the needs of blind and partially sighted people.
Birmingham projects and successes
Birmingham Sight Loss Council compiled a list of organisations delivering services and activities for sport, employment and social activities across Birmingham. This also includes contact information for the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO).
Tackling accessibility barriers to arts, culture and entertainment
Recently, West Midlands Sight Loss Council held a VI Forum on Friday, 24 November, to discuss the barriers they face at concerts, film screenings, the theatre and more in the West Midlands.
Birmingham Sight Loss Council have worked with Birmingham Hippodrome and Sightlines to improve and increase the frequency of Audio Description performances at Birmingham Hippodrome.
West Midlands Sight Loss Councils invited the public, retailers and staff to experience a shopping trip as a blind or partially sighted person.
The event took place at Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Merry Hill Shopping Centre lit up the shopping centre purple to mark the event and Purple Tuesday!
Access to sports and leisure
West Midlands Sight Loss Council held a VI forum all about accessible sports and activities for blind and partially sighted people in the region.
Tackling e-scooter safety
On 24 June, Birmingham Sight Loss Council teamed up with e-scooter operator Voi to invite Councillor Peter Fowler and representatives from Birmingham Council and Transport for West Midlands to experience the issues e-scooters pose blind and partially sighted pedestrians.
Birmingham Sight Loss Council have worked with West Midlands Combined Authority to improve bus stop signage in the local area.
West Midlands Trains approached the Birmingham Sight Loss Council to support the design and development of their new transport initiative, Ask Annie.
Working Age Forum
The aims of the Working Age Forum are for it to be a place where people with a visual impairment can network and receive information and advice.
Join Birmingham Sight Loss Council
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.
Publication date: 31 December 2021