I want to start off by introducing an exciting addition to my blog we’re trialling – a new supplementary audio recording! The recordings, produced by media consultant Tom Walker, will provide some further insight into my thoughts on the events and activities Thomas Pocklington Trust is involved with. This month’s edition was recorded last week on 27th September. We hope you’ll send some feedback on the recordings to help us develop them!
We are in the midst of working on a collaborative project with Guide Dogs, RNIB, Vision UK and Visionary with management consultancy firm Oliver Wyman to review and improve the way we work together. It’s a two month project which will give us some new ideas and hopefully a blueprint on how we can work together better in the future to deliver services for blind and partially sighted people.
We are enjoying sharing the Pocklington Hub space with some of our Guide Dogs colleagues currently while their new office is being completed, as I mentioned in last month’s blog. I am also very much looking forward to meeting Guide Dogs’ newly appointed Chief Executive Tom Wright this month on the 12th. It will be great to continue growing our working relationship with the organisation.
Speaking of guide dogs, it’s always exciting when someone gets their first guide dog. A number of our colleagues at Pocklington already have guide dogs but two have recently been matched with their first! One of our Project Coordinators Alex Pepper was matched with a beautiful Labrador named River late last month, while Birmingham Vision’s Social Inclusion Coordinator Denise McCormick recently completed training with her new guide dog Paris. Needless to say, everyone in the office is really looking forward to meeting River and Paris (and seeing Alex and Denise, of course)!
We had a very informative London Visual Impairment Forum last Friday at the Pocklington Hub with sessions on cost effectiveness of rehab, the dial-a-ride and taxicard consultation and the recently launched Moorfields Eye Hospital strategy for 2017-2022.
Lastly, I’m looking forward to the Visionary Annual Conference 2017 on November 1 and 2. It always provides a great networking opportunity with people from across the country where we can all share experiences and learn from one another.