Throughout 2019 London Vision will be piloting a new networking project for blind and partially sighted people of working age who live in South West London. The project will see local societies in areas such as Croydon, Wandsworth and Merton host networking events where people can come together to engage with their peers, local society and job centre staff, hear from guest speakers, and ultimately enhance skills, knowledge and motivation to get back into work or progress in their career.

We have had great success with our existing Working Age forum and have seen members develop themselves and progress hugely in their self-confidence and careers since joining the network. An existing WAF member said to us “For me it’s been great meeting people who’ve experienced similar things to myself, and it’s been really good making useful connections.  It’s also been good to be connected to something relating to employment and work rather than just floating around on your own trying to look for a job.

Seeing other people like me have done things makes me believe I can achieve what I want, whereas before I doubted myself and didn’t believe I could do anything”.

We recognise that having a locally based service would bring added benefits, allowing members to engage with services and support uniquely available in the area, while also providing opportunities for meeting like-minded people living in similar circumstances. For this reason, we are collaborating with local societies in south west London to establish a Working Age Forum for the blind and partially sighted community living in the area.

We will be hosting the first event in the London borough of Wandsworth, and several others in neighbouring boroughs throughout the year.  At this launch event our guest speaker Alex Pepper will talk us through his own sight loss journey. This will cover his experience of starting from scratch to find employment after losing his sight, to progressing in his career – including starring in a national media campaign for Guide Dogs – and finding happiness in his personal life.

Meeting and talking to other attendees is an important part of the forum so there will be an hour of networking after we hear from Alex, with drinks and snacks provided.

We can provide assistance from Clapham South to those who request it upon booking their place at the event. Please let us know if you are coming by emailing us at: [email protected] 

Or calling Wandsworth Vision on: 0208 675 4246