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Volunteering Senior Lead Coordinator – London

We are looking for a Volunteering Senior Lead Coordinator with the enthusiasm and drive to help us achieve excellence in Volunteering. This role will play an integral part in sustaining and developing volunteering services across London supporting the important work of London Vision. Read or download the Job Description. ‘How to Apply’ Please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and email to: applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk. Please ensure you include the job title within the subject heading. Read our Application Guidance notes here. Download the Application Form here. Download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form here. Closing Date: Monday 4th June...

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Sharon’s Blog

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Sharon Billingham, the Chief Operating Officer at Thomas Pocklington Trust. My role is to oversee a number of our internal operations. This is my first monthly blog where I’ll be sharing some of our achievements and giving you an insight into our work. We’re pleased to welcome some of our new starters to Pocklington this month. We welcome Mark Anscombe, Claire Jennings and Tara Chattaway, who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and I look forward to working with them all over the next few months. I’d also like...

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Driver Support Worker – Essex and East Region

We are recruiting for a driver support worker to provide transport and sighted one-to-one support for Thomas Pocklington Trust employees who are blind or partially sighted which enables them to retain employment and succeed within their job. This role will include travelling around the East Region therefore you must have a full clean driving licence and a car. Read or download the Job Description. ‘How to Apply’ Please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and email to: applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk. Please ensure you include the job title within the subject heading. Read our Application Guidance notes here. Download the...

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London Vision’s Working Age Forum with Marsha de Cordova

London Vision’s Networks Manager Alex Pepper has written a round up of their latest Working Age Forum hosted by Marsha de Cordova MP on Wednesday 9th May. London Vision had another fantastic Working Age Forum (WAF) on Wednesday evening, this time at Portcullis House where we were guests of Marsha de Cordova, the Shadow Minister for Disabled People and MP for Battersea. With around 50 members making the journey to Westminster to hear Marsha speak, it was clear there was a lot of people interested, and we were certainly not disappointed. Marsha talked about her experience as an MP...

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Vision West of England – Driver Support Worker

Role: Driver Support Worker Department: Bristol and South Gloucester Reporting to: Services Development Manager Location: Bristol and South Gloucester Duration: Permanent Contract Hours: 8.45-9.45am Monday to Friday and 4-5pm Monday to Friday. Plus additional hours to a maximum of 25 per week to meet the need of the employees job role. Salary: £10.00 per hour plus mileage Vision West of England seeks a Driver Support Worker to provide sighted one-to-one support for employees who are blind or partially sighted which enables them to retain employment and succeed within their job. This role will include travelling around the Bristol and South...

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Hub Operations Manager

We are recruiting for a Hub Operations Manager who will be responsible for organising and coordinating operations, procedures and meeting room requirements at our office in central London. The office is where our staff are based and is also open for sector colleagues and blind and partially sighted people to use. The Hub Operations manager will be responsible for ensuring an effective and efficient service to users and that the use of facilities is maximised, whilst ensuring that health and safety requirements are met at all times. Read or download the Job Description. ‘How to Apply’ Please complete an...

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Thomas Pocklington Trust and Fight for Sight partner to fund vision research

We have partnered with Fight For Sight to fund important research into myopia, commonly known as near-sightedness. Fight for Sight has opened applications for their latest round of Small Grant Awards, including our joint award for clinical research addressing myopia. People with myopia can see near objects more clearly than ones that are further away. Distant objects look blurred because light coming into the eye is focused in the wrong place. The increasing prevalence of myopia is becoming an ever-growing problem as it has an impact on quality of life and can result in complications which can lead to...

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CEO Blog May

This month I’d like to highlight two individuals that I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently, and hope to do a lot of work with in the future, and the work they have been doing. Last week I attended the first week of the Eyes for Success cookery course. The course was organised by Ramona Williams, who is visually impaired herself, who did a great job of organising it and getting eight people with a range of different eye conditions and cooking abilities to produce vegetable soup and oatmeal cookies to a very impressive standard from scratch. I...

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Metro Blind Sports CEO

Metro Blind Sport is looking for a Chief Executive whose role will include developing their sports, leisure and membership strategy in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, to implement, deliver and review their strategy and deliver operational management through inspirational leadership. Read or download the Job Description. ‘How to Apply’ Please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and email to: applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk. Please ensure you include the job title within the subject heading. Read our Application Guidance notes here. Download the Application Form here. Download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form here. Closing Date: Friday 25th May 2018 Interviews:...

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WAF Presents Marsha de Cordova MP

London Vision’s May Working Age Forum is changing locations to the Houses of Parliament Estate. Marsha de Cordova MP, the Shadow Minister for Disabled People, is hosting the forum on Wednesday 9th May and will be talking about life as a visually impaired Member of Parliament, almost one year after being elected as the MP for Battersea. Marsha visited the London Working Age Forum and talked about her journey towards securing her seat in Parliament after she was elected last year. Before being elected, Marsha was the Director or Engagement and Advocacy here at Thomas Pocklington Trust, while also...

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Government publishes response to MPs’ report

The Government today published its response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) submitted detailed evidence to this inquiry (jointly with RNIB) setting out our concerns about the assessment and decision-making processes and our proposals for improvement. The Government response promises progress in a number of areas. We particularly welcome the agreement to provide audio recording of assessments. However, some important measures are missing: The Committee recommended (as did an earlier independent review of PIP) that all claimants should...

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New West Midlands Working Age Forum for People with Sight Loss

A Working Age Forum is being set up in the West Midlands where people with a visual impairment can network and receive information and advice. The forum follows the successful Working Age Forum London Vision has been running in London. The West Midlands Working Age Forum will be run by the Birmingham Sight Loss Council and will work in partnership with other organisations to deliver events, which will be followed by a social networking session. Members of the forum will gain peer-to-peer support in a relaxed environment, helping them to feel less isolated and alone. The forum will discuss...

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Lighting Guide to enable visually impaired people to improve lighting in their homes

Thursday 12th April 2018 A new Lighting Guide developed by Thomas Pocklington Trust is designed to assist visually impaired people to improve lighting in their homes, increasing their independence, comfort and safety. ‘Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with sight loss’, launched today, explains how to improve lighting to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people. The guide, which has been endorsed by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, is an updated version of the charity’s popular Lighting Guide (second edition 2015) which was directed mainly at professionals responsible for carrying...

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Podcast – Our Partnership with Visionary

Our Chief Executive Peter Corbett and Interim Chief Executive of Visionary Fiona Sandford have recorded a podcast together about the relationship between the two organisations and how we work together. The two organisations seek to implement good quality and consistent services for visually impaired people throughout the whole country, and have started a new Partnership Development Group to work with Visionary members to help address gaps.  Listen to the...

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CEO Blog April

Theatre is an important way for people to express themselves – and for people to enjoy participating in and watching – and I’m very glad to see that the theatre opportunities available for visually impaired people are growing. Extant, the UK’s leading performing arts company by and for visually impaired people, is playing a big role in this. I recently attended an Extant showcase event of seven short, 15 minute, scenes by visually impaired playwrights. Some had a sight loss theme, while some were just visually impaired people getting on with their lives, but they were all interesting to...

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Working Age Forum Meets VI Entrepreneur Daniel Williams

Visually impaired entrepreneur Daniel Williams will share how he has made his own success at London Vision’s next Working Age Forum this month. The Working Age Forum (WAF) will meet Daniel, Founder and Director of Visualise Training and Consultancy, on Wednesday 25th April. Daniel, who has retinitis pigmentosa, found it difficult to get into work, particularly the types of jobs he was interested in so he started his own business that would help change the landscape for visually impaired people trying to gain employment. Now, five years into his journey, Daniel will be talking about how he does what...

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Will I lose my job if I have lost my vision?

Daniel Williams, Director of Visualise Training and Consultancy, has written a blog about employment after losing your vision,  the steps you can take and the support you can get to help you with your job.  With over 200 people being diagnosed every week with an eye condition in work which cannot be corrected by the wearing of glasses or contact lenses, there is a lot of people struggling to keep working. Many will even be in fear of their uncertain future and may not get the advice and support they need. Carry on working Do you keep trying to work...

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Opticians to get clearer view of visual impairment

A free training course which arms optical practitioners with knowledge to ensure people diagnosed with eye conditions receive the information and support they need is going on tour around the UK. Seeing Beyond the Eyes, a two-hour accredited programme of Continuing Education and Training (CET) which we are supporting, increases awareness of the services and support, including Rehabilitation Officers and Eye Clinic Liaison Officers, that optometrists and dispensing opticians can refer visually impaired people to. It also provides participants with a greater insight into visual impairment and the challenges faced, and empowers practitioners to support and communicate with patients...

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Helping to improve Vision Rehabilitation in Birmingham

Have you received Vision Rehabilitation in Birmingham over the last 12 months? How long did you have to wait for that service? The Birmingham Sight Loss Council, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, are looking for 12 blind and partially sighted people to share their views on their experience regarding Birmingham City Council’s Vision Rehabilitation service. Birmingham City Council want to hear about people’s recent experiences to understand how the service is performing and where they could improve. The organisations are holding an event for people to share their experiences on the afternoon of 13th of April at a...

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CEO Blog March

I want to start off by saying a huge thank you to Alison Oliver for the sterling work she has done as Chief Executive of Visionary over the last 2.5 years. I wish her all of the very best now that she is on maternity leave. We look forward to regular progress reports and welcoming Alison back early next year (and baby photos in the meantime!) Fiona Sandford has now officially started as interim CEO of Visionary so we can now officially welcome her! I am really looking forward to working with Fiona and continuing to progress our partnership...

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Work and Pensions Committee publishes its report on PIP and ESA – a call for change

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee today published the second report of its inquiry into assessments and decision-making in claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The Committee received record amounts of evidence relating to inaccurate assessments and poor decisions, including a joint submission from TPT and RNIB. We think that, if the Government accepts the Committee’s recommendations and acts on them – including carefully measuring progress – it would greatly improve quality and start to restore credibility to the system. For example, all claimants would receive copies of their assessment report,...

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VI Student Network Focus Group

Want to meet and spend time with other visually impaired students? London Vision is setting up a new network in London for visually impaired students. The VI Student Network will hold events where members can network with their peers and meet new people. But London Vision wants to make sure the group is based on what students want and need so they’re holding a focus group on Thursday 15th March to help shape the new VI Students Network. London Vision Networks Manager Alex Pepper said: “We want the events to be focused on what’s important to students so we...

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TPT welcomes report on PIP and ESA

“The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has today released the first volume of its report on assessments and decision-making around Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – PIP and ESA assessments: claimant experiences. This report draws upon a record amount of evidence submitted to the inquiry. It tells claimants’ stories and strongly supports the evidence submitted by Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) in our joint submission with RNIB – evidence of far too much unacceptably poor quality in assessments and decision-making. The Committee’s second volume, setting out its recommendations, is due next week and...

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Updated: TPT responds to PIP review announcement

There has been much news coverage over the last couple of days regarding plans by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to review 1.6 million Personal Independence Payment cases. What has not been clear is whether this is a full reassessment of all PIP cases or purely a response to a High Court case, which found that recent restrictions on PIP for certain people with mental health problems were unlawful. We can now confirm that it is the second of these that is involved, so blind and partially sighted people should not generally be affected....

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CEO Podcast January

With our Strategic Plan 2018 signed off by our Board of Trustees last week, our Chief Executive Peter Corbett talks more in depth about what’s on our agenda for 2018 in our new podcast. Peter starts by looking back on 2017 and the progress we made before discussing our new plans, including our six updated priorities – Evidence, Advocacy, Networks, Rehabilitation (skills for life), Employment and Technology – and our new Regional Development Strategy. Listen to Peter Corbett’s...

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Fitness equipment isn’t fit for us, say visually impaired gym users

Wednesday 24th January 2018 Visually impaired (VI) people enjoy the health benefits of exercise and would like to be more physically active, a new report by consumer research charity Rica shows. However, they find that the design of fitness equipment used in many gyms is a barrier to their taking part in exercise and call for both gym operators and equipment manufacturers to provide more accessible, inclusively designed equipment to help remove this obstacle. The research project investigated the accessibility and ease of use of fitness equipment controls found on treadmills, exercise bikes, cross trainers and rowing machines. Research was...

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Fitness equipment isn’t fit for us, say visually impaired gym users

Visually impaired (VI) people enjoy the health benefits of exercise and would like to be more physically active, a new report by consumer research charity Rica shows. However, they find that the design of fitness equipment used in many gyms is a barrier to their taking part in exercise and call for both gym operators and equipment manufacturers to provide more accessible, inclusively designed equipment to help remove this obstacle. The research project investigated the accessibility and ease of use of fitness equipment controls found on treadmills, exercise bikes, cross trainers and rowing machines. Research was carried out by...

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Working Age Forum – Networking Tips and Tricks

Do you find networking and ‘working the room’ difficult? Have you felt like you may have missed great opportunities? London Vision’s next Working Age Forum Inspires session is ‘Networking Tips and Tricks’, on the 22nd February. Keith Valentine, the Chief Executive of Vision UK, will be sharing his vast experience of networking as a visually impaired individual, and some of his tips and tricks. The Working Age Forum Inspires session will also give you an opportunity to network with others. London Vision is an organisation which supports vision impaired people and those at risk of losing their sight who...

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CEO Blog January

Firstly, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and is ready to get stuck into 2018. We have an exciting year ahead with lots of developments in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to seeing it all roll out. This month we have two important governance meetings, our Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on the 16th and the Board of Trustees meeting on the 23rd. We will be presenting our updated strategy and business plan to Trustees and hopefully getting their agreement so we can then...

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Thomas Pocklington Trust’s statement on the Government’s PIP response

The Government this week responded to the findings of the Second Independent Review of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Ministers have accepted, wholly or in part, all of the recommendations of Paul Gray’s review. This is welcome, but some aspects of Ministers’ response are disappointing. For example, deciding not automatically to issue claimants with their assessment reports misses an opportunity to detect errors and improve performance. Further, this week’s announcement takes place in a climate of criticism of poor assessments, poor decision-making, flawed reconsiderations of decisions and as a result, very high success rates for claimants at appeal. Strong criticisms...

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