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Meet Mohammed – Birmingham Sight Loss Council Volunteer

Mohammed Abbas Rashid is well known to people living with sight loss in Birmingham. He has volunteered for almost every sight loss organisation in the area and continues to love what he does. Mohammed was born blind with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, this condition has also affected other members of his family including his brother, 2 of his nephews and his niece. Mohammed’s ultimate goal is to become an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) so he can support more people on their sight loss journey using his own experiences. Currently, Mohammed volunteers as part of the Birmingham Sight Loss Council...

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Looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse could damage your eyes

People are being warned not to look directly at the sun during the solar eclipse to protect their eyes on Monday, 21st August. The UK will witness a partial solar eclipse, which happens when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, with only 4 per cent of the sun covered by the moon, while the United States experiences a total solar eclipse, plunging 11 American states into darkness for several minutes. The eclipse will start shortly after 7pm on Monday in the UK with a maximum sun coverage at 8pm. People may be tempted to look directly at the sun...

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Research on the experiences of living with visual impairment and making ends meet

We are looking for visually impaired people to share their experiences of living on a budget and costs involved for a new research project. We have commissioned Loughborough University to find out about the experiences of being visually impaired and living on a budget. Life can cost more if you are visually impaired but we want to know what this means for people on an everyday basis? We are interested in people’s views and experiences to help improve understanding about the issues that visually impaired people face in making ends meet. We are looking for visually impaired people to...

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People try out new sports at free Multi-VI Sports Festival in Sutton

Visually Impaired people in South West London enjoyed a free day of sporting activities recently. Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), in collaboration with Sutton Vision, Better Sutton Sports Village, Crystal Palace Football Club and Metro Blind Sport, ran a free Multi-VI Sports Festival in Sutton on 29th July. The 20 participants got to try out sports including VI football, VI tennis, an audio described dance class and a gym circuit session. Alex Pepper, a Project Coordinator at TPT who helped organise the event, said the event was a pilot activity day for the VI community in South West London to encourage...

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Prudential Ride London 46 on a tandem bike

Alex Pepper, 27, has been sight impaired his whole life and lost his functional sight in early 2016. Alex, a Project Coordinator at Thomas Pocklington Trust, has written about his experience training for and cycling in Prudential Ride London 46. Entering the Ride London 46 was something I hadn’t really planned to do initially.  It came about after speaking to Wheels for Wellbeing about arranging some tandem cycling track events in Croydon for the local visually impaired (VI) residents to try out.  Abigail, who worked for the charity, told me about her experience doing the ride last year, and...

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CEO Blog August

As trailed in last month’s blog, our summer staff conference activities featured a bake off competition which I had the privilege of judging, alongside our Chief Operating Officer Sharon Billingham. All 13 cakes were absolutely marvellous! It was part of a week of activities which brought our staff together. Sadly, I was unable to participate in the Zumba, tea dance and yoga classes but I did struggle along to the pub quiz! I would like to congratulate Ellie Southwood on being confirmed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)...

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Learning to swim with South East London Vision

Ian Rattray, a 52-year-old member of South East London Vision (SELVis), has written about his experience taking swimming lessons organised by SELVis and the charity Sense. Ian was born short-sighted so he has never had 20:20 vision, and he was recently diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. My first experience of water as a child was not a good one. When I was around 4 or 5 my sister and I managed to capsize a pedalo.  I had to be rescued from the pool we were in.  This was not helped by swimming lessons at school where I was generally ignored....

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NHS England releases review of the Accessible Information Standard

There is widespread support for the Accessible Information Standard introduced last year, a review of the Standard has revealed. NHS England has today released its review of the Accessible Information Standard, which must be followed by all organisations that provide NHS care and/or publicly-funded adult social care. The Standard, which became a requirement for all organisations on 1st August 2016, aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read and understand so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services. NHS has reviewed...

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New report finds disabled people are being marginalised

One in four disabled people experience loneliness on a typical day, a new report launched by Sense has revealed. The research, conducted as part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, reveals that disabled people in the UK are still being marginalised by negative public attitude, with a quarter (26 per cent) of Brits admitting that they had avoided conversations with disabled people. Only half (52 per cent) of those responding to the study believed that they had much in common with disabled people, whilst ‘fear of causing offence’ (30 per cent), ‘feeling uncomfortable’ (20 per cent) or ‘not knowing...

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Guide Home Page

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 select a...

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