THE shortlist for VISION 2020 UK’s Astbury Award has been announced and Thomas Pocklington Trust staff and programmes have made the list.

The award, named after former VISION 2020 UK Chair and inaugural recipient Nick Astbury, is given in recognition of work that fosters excellence in collaboration within the eye health and sight loss sectors.

TPT Projects Director London Cathy Low has been shortlisted for TPT’s London Vision Strategy (LVS) Programme.

The programme delivers Vision Strategies across all 32 London boroughs to benefit people with sight loss and promote the importance of eye health and prevention, and engaged with 650 stakeholders and about 15,000 people with sight loss across London.

TPT Employment Development Manager Alexa Sage, Employment Project Coordinator Martin Sigsworth and Graduate Intern Charlie Coyle have been shortlisted for TPT’s London Employment Programme pilot Works for Me.

The programme supports people with sight loss to gain and retain paid employment, and collaborated with businesses, charities and individual professionals to access resources including event space, volunteering hours and peer support.

The Visionary central team has also been shortlisted as part of the team of organisations which co-produced the booklet Sight Loss – What we needed to know with people with sight loss. 

The booklet, to be given to people when they’re diagnosed, provides information that people with sight loss felt would have helped them when they were losing their sight.

The Judges for the Astbury Award 2016 are Nick Astbury; Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director Age UK, Rachel Pilling, former winner of the Astbury Award and Consultant Ophthalmologist Bradford Royal Infirmary; Mercy Jeyasingham, CEO VISION 2020 UK; and Lesley-Anne Baxter, past chair of BIOS and Trustee of VISION 2020 UK.

The winner will be announced at an event at The Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians in London on Monday, September 19.

The full shortlist and details can be found at the VISION 2020 UK website.

Picture caption: London Employment Programme participants in a legal workshop.