EAST London Vision CEO Roger Clifton is a finalist in the Pioneer Vision Awards.

Roger has been shortlisted in the Professional of the Year (Adults) category for the awards being presented by the UK Vision Strategy.

The Vision Pioneer Awards are dedicated to celebrating excellence in the eye health and sight loss sectors.

Roger was nominated by the chair, board of trustees and staff at East London Vision (ELVis) for the work he has done leading, guiding and growing ELVis.

Roger said it was an honour to have been nominated and shortlisted but he didn’t do his work for the recognition.

He created ELVis in 2013, with the support of Thomas Pocklington Trust, to improve the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people in East London and to help them live more independently.

Roger said it involved helping a wide range of service users and stakeholders, with 9000 people of all ages experiencing different stages of sight loss and having different requirements in East London.

East London Vision CEO Roger Clifton

“Although sight loss is undoubtedly a life changing condition, it need not be a life threatening situation, especially if the emotional effect of this is addressed,” he said.

He said he wanted to help people experiencing sight loss recognise that, in most cases, they could still do everything they were previously able to do, with some adaptations where needed.

Roger, who is vision impaired himself, said he was fortunate enough to receive support from family, friends and employers which had given him work, social and volunteering opportunities, and he wanted to help others with the same.

“I hate to see others who I feel are not fulfilling their desires or capabilities and am keen to help them overcome whatever it is that’s preventing them doing this.”

A piece of work, Looking Out For Sight (LOFS), which is funded by TPT and being carried out by Wiltshire Sight, is also a finalist in the awards in the Innovation Award category.

LOFS provides sight loss awareness training to care home staff across South West England to make them aware of people with visual impairment and improve the lives of people with visual impairment by ensuring they are supported.

TPT has funded the work and the development of the toolkit for the training.

During the pilot, training has been delivered to more than 200 carers and TPT is providing funding for another 12 months.

The Visionary central team is part of the ‘Sight Loss: What we needed to know’ project team shortlisted for the Team of the Year award.

The project involved about eight organisations in the eye health and sight loss sectors who worked with blind and partially sighted people to produce an information booklet to give to people when they’re diagnosed.

The booklet includes personal stories about what people wish they had been told when they were first diagnosed.

The Vision Pioneer Awards will be presented on June 13.

Good luck to Roger, Wiltshire Sight, Visionary and all of the finalists!