London Vision Community Champions
London Vision is piloting a community champions programme in Greenwich and Newham. The scheme will expand into Haringey and Kensington and Chelsea later in the year. After a successful pilot, additional boroughs will be targeted.
The Community Champions programme aims to make a difference by representing the voice of blind and partially sighted people in the key areas of prevention and awareness raising. Educating communities about the dangers of sight loss will be a key component of the role.
Main aspects of the Community Champions role
- Educate and raise awareness of eye health in local communities through organising, presentations, stalls and talks at community centres, local festivals, and faith groups.
- Reach and engage people with key prevention advice and information.
- Help explain who is at risk of eye health complications, signs and symptoms, myths, and misconceptions, and what sensory and rehabilitation services are available in a culturally sensitive way.
- Direct people to different organisations – local and national.
- Signpost blind and partially sighted people to London Visions other services.
- Form close relationships with key stakeholders Housing Associations, local opticians, GPs, Faith Leaders, Temples and Mosques.
What skills, experience and qualities are required?
- You should be a person who is blind or partially sighted
- Be able to positively engage with people at every level, sharing your own personal stories.
- Demonstrate excellent listening and communication skills.
- Confident in using technology or a willingness to learn.
- Good local knowledge of the community you represent.
- Be able to speak publicly or have a willingness to learn.
- Be enthusiastic about representing local communities,
- Show reliability and good time management skills and be able to give a minimum of 4 hours per month to the role.
- A commitment to learn and develop within the role, undertaking relevant training and learning opportunities as required.
- A willingness to commit to this role for at least a year.
What will you learn and achieve?
- An understanding of the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people at a local and national level.
- A chance to do something positive with the potential to influence change.
- Access to an excellent core training package with ongoing learning and support
- The opportunity to utilise your communication skills and commitment – which adds value to a CV.
We can reimburse essential travel expenses which are agreed in advance.
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