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Lord Chris Holmes opens meeting room named in his honour

LORD Chris Holmes has officially opened a meeting room named in his honour at the Pocklington Hub. Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has named the meeting rooms at its head office – the Pocklington Hub – after well-known visually impaired people, including one named after Lord Holmes, Baron of Richmond, MBE. Lord Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer, with a tally of nine gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal. He entered the House of Lords in 2013 and has focused his time on employment, education and skills, media and sport, and the digital opportunity. Lord Holmes...

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People urged to have their eyes tested during World Glaucoma Week

PEOPLE are being encouraged to have regular eye examinations as part of World Glaucoma Week this week. World Glaucoma Week (12 to 18 March), organised by the World Glaucoma Association and World Glaucoma Patient Association,  aims to eliminate glaucoma blindness by alerting people to have regular eye checks, including optic nerve checks. The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and Specsavers have joined forces to run a campaign to raise awareness of glaucoma during World Glaucoma Week. Glaucoma – often described as the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to its gradual onset – causes damage to the optic nerve. It affects...

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Housing brokerage an effective tool to help younger adults with visual impairment find new homes

Thursday 9th March 2017 Housing brokerage is an effective method for assisting younger adults with visual impairment to find a new home, an evaluation of an innovative pilot service has found. The evaluation report, released by sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) (1) today, found that the majority of younger adults who used the pilot brokerage service that was run by Housing Options Scotland (HOS) (2) had a positive outcome. The report, Evaluation of a Housing Brokerage Scheme for younger adults with visual impairment (3), evaluated the brokerage service, funded by TPT, for younger adults aged 16-44 that...

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CEO Blog March

Thomas Pocklington Trust co-hosted a very important Parliamentary Reception, sponsored by Nusrat Ghani MP, at the Houses of Parliament yesterday (Monday 6th March) to launch the “Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for People with Sensory Loss” research report in partnership with RNIB and Sense. We were delighted to welcome Lord Colin Low, who joined us to share his thoughts on the research and recommendations. The research, conducted by NatCen Social Research, explores the experiences of 53 people with sensory impairments transitioning from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP. It found that the PIP application process was considered overwhelmingly...

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Leading charities launch report in Parliament to improve the lives of people with sensory loss

Monday 6th March 2017 On Monday 6th March, leading sensory loss charities Thomas Pocklington Trust, Sense and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) hosted an event in the Houses of Parliament to launch their report entitled “Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for People with Sensory Loss”. The report was produced by the three charities in partnership with NatCen, Britain’s leading independent social research institute. The report highlights the experiences of people living with sensory loss, in navigating the PIP process. While it revealed that people with sensory loss eventually received a positive financial outcome following the switch...

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