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 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.”

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