Our 2021 highlights

It’s been a busy year for Sight Loss councils, from hosting our first ever Sight Loss Councils Conference, to launching six new Sight Loss Councils nationwide!

Six new Sight Loss Councils

New Sight Loss Councils have sprung up across the country! 2021 saw the launch of Sight Loss Councils in YorkBedfordshireTyne & WearWest YorkshireEssex, and Northumberland!

We have also began to recruit for volunteers in East Sussex and Lancashire.

members from Greater Manchester SLC smiling

Sight Loss Council Conference

We held our very first Sight Loss Council conference which saw Sight Loss Council members attend from all over the country to meet, network and share ideas.

Read more here

 

 

Purple Tuesday

On Purple Tuesday, Sight Loss Councils across the country swung into action! Delivering VI awareness sessions in shopping centres, lighting some of them up purple! As well as getting together to create a video project that showcases the unique perspective of blind and partially sighted shoppers. SLC Purple Tuesday activities were even featured on BBC North West Tonight, watch here!

Merry Hill Shopping centre lit up in purple lights

 

VI forums

This year Sight Loss Councils held numerous VI Forums both virtually and in-person, covering various topics that effect the lives of blind and partially sighted people, from access to sports and leisure, to facing the challenges of ‘Life after Lockdown’.

You can catch up on all our recordings on the news section of our website.

e-scooter safety

Sight Loss councils have been proactive and solutions-focused in their campaigning for further e-scooter safety. Sight Loss Councils across the country have held ‘Meet the e-scooter‘ events that give blind and partially sighted people the unique opportunity to learn more about safety features and raise their concerns to e-scooter providers. Salford’s event in September was featured on BBC NorthWest tonight’s report on e-scooters and their impact on blind and partially sighted people.

 

SLC members with representatives from Lime e-scooters being filmed by tv cameras.

 

#StreetsForAll Phase 2

We launched the second phase of our #StreetsForAll campaign! Which calls on local authorities to commit to our pledge to ensure street redesigns are inclusive and accessible for everyone. Sight Loss Councils are engaging their local councillors to ensure the needs of blind and partially sighted residents are front and centre at the planning stage of street redesigns.

Campaigning against York Council’s Blue Badge ban

York Sight Loss Council continues to campaign against York Council’s traffic regulation order that discriminates against disabled people. York Sight Loss Council’s efforts to voice the concerns of blind and partially sighted people garnered major media attention. York Sight Loss Council were featured on BBC Look North and ITV Yorkshire.

 

#MakeHealthAccessible

We have launched our #MakeHealthAccessible campaign! Our new campaign calls on the NHS to effectively implement the Accessible Information Standard and engage with #VisuallyImpaired patients. Read more about the campaign below!

#Make Health Accessible banner - shows man trying to read NHS letter

 

Read more about the campaign here

 

Have you seen our video?

We asked some of our members, why they joined, what they have got involved in and why other blind and partially sighted people should consider joining Sight Loss Councils in their areas. Watch our video below!

 

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