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Author: Elizabeth McLoughlin

Congratulations Louise!

On Sunday, Louise Fairhurst, our Head of Finance Projects, completed the London Marathon! Louise ran to raise money for East London Vision (ELVis), a local sight loss organisation and an important part of the Pocklington Family. Louise completed the marathon in an incredible 04:11:57. We are very proud of her. It’s not too late to donate! If you would like to sponsor Louise please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseFairhurst You can find out about ELVis and the fantastic services they provide by visiting http://www.eastlondonvision.org.uk/  ...

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CEO Blog April

Yesterday the Government implemented cuts to the Employment and Support Allowance which will see new claimants placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) go without the work-related activity component of £29 per week. This puts these individuals £1,500 worse off a year compared to existing claimants. I am strongly opposed to these significant cuts and believe that it is vital that financial support is available for blind and partially sighted people. As a charity we have responded to these latest cuts and you can read our response here. On a more positive note, it was a pleasure to...

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TPT’s response to cuts to the Employment and Support Allowance

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) remains strongly opposed to the Government’s decision to implement significant cuts to the Employment and Support Allowance. As of 3rd April new claimants placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) will not get the work-related activity component of £29 per week and will consequently  receive up to £1,500 less each year compared to existing claimants, set to save the government around £650 million per year. TPT remains firm in the view that it is fundamental that financial support is available for blind and partially sighted people. Rather than incentivising people to find work, TPT...

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Hair, Make up and Skincare Workshop for People with Sight Loss is a Fantastic Success

Ambassador for RP Fighting Blindness, Bhavini Makwana, organised a hair, make up and skincare workshop for anyone with sight loss who wanted to learn new techniques, seek advice on looking after their skin and enjoy a make over by industry professionals. Hosted at the Pocklington Hub on 18th March, the sold out event was a huge success. Attendees took part in four 30 minute sessions which saw professional hair and make up artists talk through a range of topics including how to create different looks using the best style and colours for individuals, easy to create hair styles as...

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Thomas Pocklington Trust commended in Scottish Parliament for Championing the needs of people with Sight Loss following latest research

Stuart McMillan MSP and Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment has praised Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) for raising awareness of the challenges people with sight loss face in the community and for its work to remove these barriers. A parliamentary motion was submitted to the Scottish Parliament to recognise the contributions of Thomas Pocklington Trust and Housing Options Scotland. The commendation follows the recently published report “Evaluation of a housing brokerage scheme for younger adults with visual impairment” in which housing brokerage was reported to be an effective method for assisting younger adults with...

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