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Meet the Councils
Tyne and Wear
Health and Well-being
Employment and Skills
#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
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 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
How to support visually impaired people whilst socially distancing in a hospital or GP surgery. 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.
‘You’re not on your own’ – Gary’s story
After losing his sight, Gary Tunney set-up his own support group to help other blind and partially sighted people in his community. The group has been a great success, which has inspired Gary to continue helping others. He is now a fully fledged member of the Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council, focusing on the priority area of Technology.
A voice for the local community
Lianne McKeon has literally become a voice for blind and partially sighted people in Birmingham.
‘We’re making a real difference’ – Anela’s story
Anela Wood is a member of our Bristol Sight Loss Council. She talks about the work she has done with the council, helping Southmead Hospital improve their check in system and providing vision impairment awareness training to staff at local GP surgeries.
‘Blind people are getting a voice’ – Ines’ story
Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council member Ines Higgins shares how her long battle to get work inspired her to advocate for other blind and partially sighted people. She also talks about the positives of volunteering and explains the importance of the Sight Loss Council’s work.
Apple Accessibility Workshops with Merseyside Sight Loss Council
Merseyside Sight Loss Council teamed up with the Liverpool Apple Store, to put on tailored workshops designed to help blind and partially sighted people use Apple devices. SLC volunteer went along to the sessions and blogs about the training visually impaired participants were given.
Calling blind or partially sighted people in Gloucestershire
If you are blind or partially sighted, over 18 and live in Gloucestershire, then we want to hear from you.
Bristol SLC unveils Mayoral Manifesto
Bristol Sight Loss Council unveiled its Mayoral Election Manifesto to raise awareness of the issues regularly faced by blind and partially sighted people in the city.
Bridging the gap between employers and visually impaired people
Alex Wallis reports on what happened at the Bridge the Gap event in Liverpool.
Bridge the Gap busting myths to increase diversity
Businesses in the Merseyside region came together with blind and partially sighted people today to find out how they could increase the number of visually impaired people in the workforce.
Find out more about Merseyside Sight Loss Council member Laura Kennedy and how volunteering had a positive impact on her life in this case study.
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