Sight Loss Councils are made up of volunteers who are blind and partially sighted. Sight Loss Councils aim to tackle the issues that affect people living with visual impairments, and they work with public, private, and voluntary organisations to improve the accessibility of their services. The Sight Loss Council concept was developed and established across the UK by Thomas Pocklington Trust, London Vision’s core funder. Insights gained in the London Sight Loss Council will inform the work and policies of the local Sight Loss Councils and debate taking place at a national level.
To learn more about the Sight Loss Councils, please visit the Sight Loss Councils website
London Sight Loss Council, led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, advocates the needs of blind and partially sighted people and influences positive change in the capital.
Facilitated by London Vision with funding from Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and the Vision Foundation, it forms part of the national network of Sight Loss Councils (SLC) established by TPT.
SLCs are currently operating in Birmingham, Black Country, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne & Wear and Bedfordshire. Each SLC is made up of around 10-12 blind and partially sighted members who meet monthly to discuss accessibility issues and plan projects in their regions under the six priority themes of education, employment, technology, health and social care, transport, sport and leisure. Over the next year Thomas Pocklington Trust will be extending its SLCs across the country. www.sightlosscouncils.org.uk
London Sight Loss Council has created factsheets to help signpost blind and partially sighted people to mental health services and to give guidance on how to receive information in accessible formats.
New one-way systems, increased cycle lanes and outdoor seating areas are acting as physical barriers to blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Join the #StreetsForAll campaign and call for inclusive and accessible street designs
Meet the London Sight Loss Council's members - drawn from the capitals 32 boroughs, they all have lived experience of sight loss and a desire to effect change!