Northumberland

Northumberland Sight Loss Council are looking for blind and partially sighted volunteers passionate about advocating and campaigning for visually impaired people. By joining us, you’ll help us tackle key issues in your community.

Get involved in campaigning for e-scooter safety, better employment opportunities, access to inclusive sports, accessible communications from health care settings and more.

Ready to join?

Read our Volunteer Role Description and apply online. Make sure to select East Sussex Sight Loss Council when choosing which area to apply for.

If you have any further questions, please email info@sightlosscouncils.org.uk or call 020 8996 1937

Meet our members

Ian Moyes

Ian Moyes

I am a sixty-something husband, father and grandfather, a realist, an entrepreneur and at times I can even be a tad cynical. 

I have always been self-employed and initially I trained as a ladies and gent’s hairdresser (with Vidal Sassoon in London).  I am a part-qualified accountant, and I have also worked as a business consultant, a photographer and a university and college lecturer. Above all I am a people person which is why I applied to work with the Northumberland Sight Loss Council.  

In 2015 I suffered a stress-related trauma to my right eye and as a result I became partially sighted, (although it took until December 2019 to become officially registered as such).  Being registered was a shock to my system and it took me a while to adjust to the official confirmation of my disability.  

My limited sight has presented many difficulties for me, perhaps most importantly I cannot drive anymore, and this has severely limited my independence.  I cannot help but notice how everyday activities are made so much more difficult for people like me when a simple fix is usually available.  From my own recent experience these include things such as a yellow line on steps to identify where the edge is, adequate lighting in shops and offices and a transfer on a glass door so it can be seen more easily. 

I am looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to advise and help others as part of the Northumberland Sight Loss Council. 

Emma Hogg

Emma Hogg

Emma was the first member of the Northumberland Sight Loss Council. She is also director of North-East Sight Matters – an organisation that supports sight-impaired children, young people and families.

Emma, who is passionate about the work she does, said: “As someone who lives with sight-loss, I want to use my insights and experience to help other visually impaired people in the region to live the life they want to live.”

Jeff Watson

Jeff Watson

Diagnosed with Acute Glaucoma Pigmentosa in 1999, Jeff understands the impact that having a visual impairment can have on everyday living and what it’s like to be a Visually Impaired Person. Jeff has worked in the Health and Social Care sector for many years. Working with various client groups like learning disabilities, visually impaired, homelessness, children and young people. ‘joining the Sight Loss Councils and the great work of the Thomas Pocklington Trust has given me a greater insight into the issues facing blind and VI persons. I hope to help those in my local area to seek change and involvement’.

Jack Moffat standing on a green field wearing his Durham VI cricket kit

Jack Moffat

Jack Moffat is 29 years old and volunteers with the Northumberland Sight Loss Council. He lives with the condition Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary condition that begins in childhood and causes a deterioration of vision, primarily affecting peripheral sight. He talks to us about his journey with sport and his passion to #MakeSportAccessible to more people in his area.

Jack recently gained a coach development scholarship with the English Cricket Board, where he has proposed to develop a coaching course specific to a visually impaired version of cricket.

Jack sees sport as a vehicle to work with other people. He is passionate about using sport to build up others in his role as a coach and wants to encourage as many people with visual impairment to get more involved in VI sports.

Peter Hayton

Peter Hayton

‘I am a visually impaired person with a passion about making technology accessible for all. I also love to travel and believe that there should never be barriers preventing people from getting to where they want to go. As a volunteer with the Northumberland Sight Loss Council, I passionately advocate for the accessibility of public transportation in the region.’

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