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Housing Guide for People with Sight Loss

Housing Guide for People with Sight Loss Introduction This online guide aims to share information for visually impaired people who are looking for a new home, seeking to live independently for the first time or experiencing problems in their current accommodation. It will share personal experiences from visually impaired people who have different life circumstances, provide useful suggestions, and signpost to sources for further advice. If you have any comments or ideas about the information in the guide, please email us at Research@pocklington-trust.org.uk. To browse the guide, or to help us direct you to the most relevant information, please...

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Job Title: Senior Member Engagement Co-ordinator (Visionary)

The new Senior Member Engagement Co-ordinator will provide support to the Member Engagement Manager and Head of Member Services to co-ordinate and develop all aspects of the Member Services function within Visionary, ensuring that members receive an efficient and effective service. With an overview of all Member Engagement activities (including Annual Conference, Membership Renewal and Development and Innovation fund) the successful person will be pivotal to the success of Visionary. The Senior Co-ordinator will have line management responsibilities for the Member Engagement Co-ordinator and volunteers at Visionary events. Read or download the job description. ‘How to Apply’ Please complete...

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Can you be a bit blind?

Can you be a bit blind? – The way that sight loss and blindness is understood in the wider population is, in my view, a barometer of our success  in getting people to grasp the importance of eye health. By this, I don’t just mean those that are registered blind, or indeed those that are at risk of it. I mean all of us – the whole community. As the population lives longer, the prevalence of sight loss is rising. Coupled with this, lifestyle choices are also bringing conditions such as diabetic retinopathy into people’s lives. In short, eye...

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How will we convince employers to recruit blind people unless we do it ourselves?

As is the case with many who begin losing their sight while working, I appreciate just how cruel the labour market can be to people with sight loss. Hard won skills can be written-off, and the inability of employers to comprehend how a blind person manages to do things creates substantial barriers to acquiring work, and indeed keeping it. The figures speak for themselves. Unemployment in the general UK population is at 5.2%, and has been under 5.5% for over a year – a fact also true for the United States. Yet in both the UK and U.S., unemployment...

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CEO Blog April

I am pleased to be writing this month’s blog from our new website! We’ve been working hard on our site over the last couple of months and I hope you will take some time to look around and familiarise yourself with the new layout and refreshed content. One area that I am particularly proud of is the “Pocklington Family” section. Here you will see all the organisations that we support across the sector. I can confidently say that we all put people with sight loss at the heart of everything we do and it is great to see organisations...

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Changing Lives – Kevin’s Story

Kevin Smith likens being blind to having “your head in a box”.
“If someone walks by, you don’t know who it is, if a mate comes up to you and you don’t recognise their voice, you have to stop and think – you are very, very isolated,” he says.

Kevin has been through his share of ups and downs since he lost his sight six years ago, but he attributes most of the positives to the work of Thomas Pocklington Trust. “When I met them, I wasn’t in a good place, I was shouting at the world, and they let me shout,” he says. “They just listened and then they started rebuilding me.”

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Keith’s Story

Keith Valentine is the Deputy CEO at the Thomas Pocklington Trust, holding special responsibility for stimulating and supporting choice and independence for blind and partially sighted people in the community.
Having worked for many years leading urban renewal programmes Keith has directed his energies to the sight loss sector as his own loss of sight progressed, affording him a unique perspective on the needs and aspirations of the people who are served by Pocklington’s work.

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Fight for Sight’s #BLINKWINKTHINK campaign returns

The UK’s main eye research charity, Fight for Sight, has announced the return of the #BLINKWINKTHINK campaign in an effort to spread awareness of eye research. The charity is encouraging members of the public to take selfies while covering one eye and then to share it on social media with the same hash tag. Following the success of last year’s #BLINKWINKTHINK campaign, the charity hopes that the selfies will once again boost public awareness of the importance of eye research. The charity will be launching a show at ExCel London from the 6 – 8 February that will see...

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Acas launches guide to take on disability discrimination at work

Workplace expert, Acas, has launched a new free guide ‘Disability discrimination: key points for the workplace’ to help managers prevent workplace disability discrimination. Acas helpline dealt with around 12,000 calls related to disability discrimination in the past year. Close to half of job hunters with a disability found that misconceptions regarding their abilities were the main barrier to employment. Acas Head of Equality, Steve Williams, said disability can encompass many conditions or situations that employers may not be aware of, such as HIV, cancer or depression, but it should not be a barrier to employment. “Research shows that employers with a diverse workforce...

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Manchester ranked Britain’s worst city for pavement parking

Manchester has been ranked as the country’s worst city for pavement parking, according to new research from the charity Guide Dogs. The charity has released a list of the worst offenders ahead of a key debate on the Pavement Parking Bill scheduled for December 4th. Sixty percent of Manchester residents surveyed indicated that on-pavement parking was a regular issue, but other problem cities included Liverpool, Cambridge and Cardiff. Southampton came last on the list with the cleanest streets, but 37% of residents polled there indicated that they often or always find parked cars on the pavement of their street....

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Our new charitable partner – BSkyB

Thomas Pocklington Trust is now a charitable partner of BSkyB, offering their employees’ opportunities to volunteer at Pocklington centres. For more information visit the employer-supported volunteering page. ‘Having met the people at Thomas Pocklington Trust and all the volunteers, especially at the Stourbridge Centre, I think it’s a fantastic charity and very quickly we’ve become involved with the Trust in quite a few centres’. Myles Christon,...

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CEO Blog February

February has been another busy month in the Pocklington Family and I got a chance to hear more about our efforts and successes this week at our staff conference. This was only our second all staff conference but I find them truly valuable and we now plan to hold them at least twice a year. New for this year was a section dedicated to sharing examples of how our work across the Pocklington Family  has been delivering positive change for people with sight loss. We heard a number of case studies outlining how the services we provide, and support,...

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Pocklington Trust Staff Conference 🗓 🗺

Agenda Morning session Please arrive from 9.30am for teas and coffees. 10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introductions 10.10 – 10.15 An overview of the day 10.15 – 10.45 Ice breaker task 10.45 – 11.00 Our strategy 11.00 – 11.30 What this means for you 11.30 – 11.45 Tea and Coffee break 11.45 – 12.30 Speed networking 12.30 – 1.15 Lunch Afternoon session 1.15 – 1.20 An overview of the afternoon 1.20 – 1.40 Thanks and recognition 1.40 – 1.50 An introduction to the new staff forum 1.50 – 3.00 Good news stories from the Pocklington Family 3.00 – 3.15...

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Pen labelling for blind people

Guest Blog by Barbara. Blog page…. There was a lady on this morning a little while ago, who was blind and wore makeup. Her boyfriend and dog accompanied her, and the way she used to wear her makeup, she would label her makeup with a blind pen which is sold from the RNIB shop, for £75. The labelling is speech affected and she would label up her eyeliner, her mascara and lipstick whatever colour they were. She wasn’t fully blind, she could see light or dark. Follow the link to the labelling pen in the RNIB shop… Another name...

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CEO Blog January

Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year – it is a little late in the month but I hope you have all settled back into work after a relaxing break and that you’re ready for 2016! It has certainly been a busy time for us at Thomas Pocklington Trust. You may be aware that a fire broke out at Pier House, our central office in London, in the early hours of last Sunday morning. I’m relieved that no one was injured in the fire and my personal thanks and gratitude go to the London...

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Leading organisations join forces to change the lives of people with sight loss

Leading organisations in the sight loss sector, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Visionary, have launched an alliance to champion ground-breaking local services for visually impaired people. As part of the alliance, a nationwide strategy for joining up local sight loss services will be developed. This will focus on making sight loss services accessible and available to the visually impaired people in their local community. The alliance will provide the community with a platform to input into service design and seeks to join up service delivery between local and national voluntary organisations, as well as NHS services and local government programmes...

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Mayor of Wandsworth visits ground-breaking local sight loss charity

November 2015 The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Nicola Nardelli, recently visited local charity, Balham Resources Centre, which supports people living with sight loss from across the Borough. Before taking a tour of the service, the Mayor addressed service users, volunteers, and members of staff at the centre, which is located on Yukon Road, as part of her visit. She highlighted the important value the centre brings to the area, and commended the work being done to support vulnerable people with visual impairment in Wandsworth. During the visit, the Mayor was able to gain an insight into the services provided,...

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VISION CHARITY INCREASES OFFERING IN GREENWICH

VISION CHARITY INCREASES OFFERING IN GREENWICH October 2015 Leading vision support charity, South East London Vision (SELVis), has announced that they will be providing new ground-breaking local services for the visually impaired community in Greenwich. Blind and partially sighted people often face significant barriers when trying to access the support services and information they need, through both a lack of awareness about what services are on offer, as well as a lack of provision, and SELVis will be running a wide range of activities to combat this. SELVis works to promote inclusion and foster community building amongst people living...

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Local charities work together to increase awareness of the importance of eye health in Richmond

On Monday 21st September three national charities along with the local sight loss group VISOR will be working together to help improve the understanding of visual impairment and sight loss among the residents of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. To celebrate National Eye Health week Thomas Pocklington Trust have arranged for RNIB’s sight loss simulation bus, the Eye Pod, to be placed outside of the Pret-A-Manger at 37 Lower George Street, Richmond. Visitors to the Eye Pod will be able to see on screen what Richmond High Street looks like from the perspective of someone who has...

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Sight loss charities raise awareness of eye health with interactive ‘eye pod’ in Islington

On Tuesday 22 September two national charities will be working together to help raise awareness of the importance of eye health in Islington. To celebrate National Eye Health week Thomas Pocklington Trust have arranged for RNIB’s Eye Pod to be placed in front of the Town Hall on Upper Street for the whole day. This is a unique chance to see the world through other people’s eyes. Visitors to the Eye Pod will be able to see on screen what Upper Street looks like with different visual impairments including Age-related macular degeneration, by far the leading cause of blindness...

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Leading organisations join forces to change the lives of people with sight loss

Press release issued: 10 August 2015 Leading organisations in the sight loss sector, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Visionary, have launched an alliance to champion ground-breaking local services for visually impaired people. As part of the alliance, a nationwide strategy for joining up local sight loss services will be developed. This will focus on making sight loss services accessible and available to the visually impaired people in their local community. The alliance will provide the community with a platform to input into service design and seeks to join up service delivery between local and national voluntary organisations, as well as...

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People with sight loss at risk of increasing threat to income levels

Press release issued: 6 July 2015 People who are sight impaired, or who are Deaf or have dual sensory loss are faced with increased threats to their income levels, as evidenced by two pieces of research from Thomas Pocklington Trust. (1) Recently released findings (2) found that when applying the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) methodology to the living costs of people who are sight impaired or who are Deaf, substantial extra sums are incurred if a minimum acceptable standard of living is to be attained. The study, carried out by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, found that even when people have some vision, sight loss affects so many aspects of life that additional costs increase the weekly budget accepted as the Minimum Income Standard by over £50, as compared to a sighted adult. Some of these additional costs involve technological items related to sight loss, such as vision aids, assistive computer software and complex prescription spectacles, and these are one-off costs. The majority of additional costs are ongoing and are to do with extra expenses in day-to-day life, such as cleaning, paying for occasional domestic help and additional expenses to travel and take part in social activities. These ongoing costs are not recognised in Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments and the research findings identify that ‘there is a high risk of needs going unmet...

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