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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.
Sight Loss Council sighted guides needed in Sussex. Can you help?
02 August 2023
Sussex Sight Loss Councils are recruiting sighted guides to support their blind and partially sighted volunteer members. Can you help?
Voting is now open for the 2023 Rodney Powell Awards
01 August 2023
Voting is now open for the 2023 Rodney Powell Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate the amazing contribution our Sight Loss Council (SLC) volunteers make to the lives of blind and partially sighted people and the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT).
The Government’s new Disability Action Plan: what it means for you
31 July 2023
The UK Government has launched a consultation on its new Disability Action Plan, outlining initiatives set for 2023 and 2024 aimed at improving the lives of disabled people.
First-of-its-kind education experience for ophthalmology sector
28 July 2023
West Midlands Sight Loss Council members have taken part in a first-of-its-kind immersive education experience with newly advanced technology to advance learning, at a recent Royal Ophthalmology Congress event.
TPT joins over 50 organisations calling on Prime Minister to urgently set date for e-scooter legislation
27 July 2023
Thomas Pocklington Trust has joined more than 50 organisations, including environmental charities and campaigners, local authorities, disabled people's organisations, micro mobility operators and retailers, to sign a letter to the Prime Minister urgently calling on the government to legalise e-scooters.
Tickets now on sale for 2023 IBSA World Games
18 July 2023
Ticket details have been announced for the 2023 International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games, making its UK debut this summer.
West of England SLC works with Sirona care & health
17 July 2023
West of England Sight Loss Council has delivered two vision awareness sessions to staff at Sirona Care and Health Service.
Bristol SLC expands and changes name to West of England
14 July 2023
Bristol Sight Loss Council has expanded into North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to work with more partners. It has also changed its name to West of England SLC as a result.
Sight loss charities urge rethink on ticket office closures
13 July 2023
Ten leading national sight loss charities have joined forces this week to write to the Secretary of State for Transport to object to proposals to close 974 railway station ticket offices across England.
East Sussex SLC celebrates first birthday
12 July 2023
East Sussex Sight Loss Council has celebrated its first birthday and its work to drive real change for blind and partially sighted people.
Sight Loss Councils partner with Lime for new campaign to help keep streets safe for all
11 July 2023
Sight Loss Councils have today announced a partnership with Lime - the world’s largest provider of shared electric bikes and scooters - in an initiative to ensure that the streets are safe and hazard-free for all.
Countdown to closures
06 July 2023
Rail operating companies have announced plans to close 974 ticket offices across England. A public consultation has been launched and has been extended until 1 September 2023. Take action now to stop these plans.
From volunteer to staff member
06 July 2023
A Sight Loss Council volunteer has built upon the skills and knowledge she developed through volunteering and successfully joined our team as a staff member.
Professionals celebrate influence of SLCs as part of National Co-Production Week
03 July 2023
Health, social care and wider partners from across the country are celebrating the influence of Sight Loss Councils as part of National Co-Production Week.
Merseyside SLC ‘reach for the stars’
29 June 2023
Merseyside SLC is working with National Museums Liverpool to create opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to explore and enjoy the universe through sound and touch. As part of this work, Merseyside Sight Loss Council was recently invited to ‘reach for the stars’ at the World Museum, Liverpool
Essex SLC work to make art accessible
28 June 2023
Essex Sight Loss Council is working with Chelmsford Museum and Chelmsford Theatre to explore how they can best support blind and partially sighted customers to make art accessible.
SLC increases councillor understanding of street obstacles
23 June 2023
Camden Town Councillors have fed back how Sight Loss Council’s vision awareness sessions increased their understanding of the impact of street obstacles and will inform their future work.
SLCs trial smartphone app to improve assistance at stations
22 June 2023
Sight Loss Councils are working with Govia Thameslink Railway to trial an app that connects blind and partially sighted people to a remote advisor to improve assistance in railway stations.
East Sussex SLC joins Brighton & Hove Walking Festival
19 June 2023
East Sussex Sight Loss Council is offering free guided walks to Brighton and Hove residents to share what it feels like to walk blind through the city.
Nominations open for Rodney Powell Awards for Volunteering
07 June 2023
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Rodney Powell Awards for Volunteering. You can nominate a Sight Loss Council volunteer member or team, alongside wider volunteers who support Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Volunteers’ Week 2023: Celebrate and inspire
31 May 2023
2023 marks the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), when Sight Loss Councils join thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK.
Are you worried about obstacles on pavements?
26 May 2023
Blind and partially sighted residents in Bristol and Gloucestershire came together this month at our ‘Are you worried about obstacles on pavements?’ event.
TIER and SLCs launch joint campaign to highlight parking etiquette
25 May 2023
TIER, the world’s largest provider of shared micro-mobility, and Sight Loss Councils (SLC) have today launched a joint campaign to highlight proper parking etiquette.
Streets For All outdoor survey launch
15 May 2023
Many blind and partially sighted (BPS) people are forced into danger by being expected to step into the road to avoid obstacles such as outdoor seating. Complete our short survey to help change this.
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