September 2020

Become a Tyne & Wear Sight Loss Council member

Are you living in Tyne & Wear, blind or partially sighted and interested in advocating for others?

Join our community of blind and partially sighted advocates and help support visually impaired people in your area to live the lives they want to lead.

What does a Sight Loss Council member do?

As a Sight Loss Council member your duties may include putting forward local issues affecting your community at Sight Loss Council meetings (ie pavement parking, guide dog refusals etc) or taking part in accessibility testing sessions, forums, seminars and contributing to public consultations.

If you’re interested in gaining advocacy experience, you are a great communicator and confident with technology (or willing to learn), then we want to hear from you!

What do the Sight Loss Councils do?

Sight Loss Councils are currently expanding their reach across England to give people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to influence positive change and improve services at a national and local level.

Each Sight Loss Council aims to make a difference by representing the voice of blind and partially sighted people in the key areas of health, employment, education, transport, technology, and sport. If you have a particular interest in any of these areas, please let us know

Examples of Sight Loss Councils’ work include:

· providing GP Surgeries in Bristol with visual awareness training

· working with StageCoach on new audio-visual announcements on their buses in Gloucestershire

· providing accessibility feedback on a healthcare app in Birmingham

· running accessibility workshops with the Apple store in Liverpool.

Where do we work

We currently have Sight Loss Councils in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Black Country, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and we are launching two brand new SLCs in Tyne and Wear and Bedfordshire.

Why volunteer with us?

We will provide you with core training and ongoing opportunities to learn and develop in your role.

Skills you may learn include advocating for yourself and others, improving your confidence in public speaking, organising events and much more. We’ll focus on your strengths and interests and help you build upon them. These are all skills that will really help boost your CV if or when applying for jobs!

How do I join?

To find out more about becoming a Tyne & Wear Sight Loss Council member, download the volunteer role description below and email to let us know which Sight Loss Council you are interested in joining.

Please click the following link to download the Volunteer Role Description.

September 2020

Take part in a vital study into the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

RNIB, Guide Dogs and Thomas Pocklington Trust are jointly conducting an invaluable research to understand the realities of life for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

The study will help to improve support and services for those with a sight impairment.

For further information or to register to take part in the survey, please click on the image below.