I’m pleased to announce that an app, developed with the support of TPT is launching today! We have been working with LINK, the UK’s cash machine network, on the development of a new ATM locator app to ensure it is fully accessible for visually impaired people. We provided feedback and tested the GPS-enabled app throughout its development to ensure it will make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to locate ATMs based on their access needs. The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores and you can find out more information about the app and its features in the Pocklington Voice section of our website.

Last week we had our first staff conference of the year, with teams running workshops to update staff about the work they are doing. I particularly enjoyed the Technology Team’s session where I learnt more about how to use VoiceOver on an iPhone and an app called Office Lens which can be used to scan your post and read it back to you.

We launched an exciting new internal communications tool at the conference, Workplace – a tool developed by Facebook. Workplace introduces a new way of working, bringing all of our staff, regardless of where they are based, closer together. It provides the perfect platform for real time updates and strengthens working relationships. I have just set up my work profile and it is great to see staff that are located across the country sharing information with each other on a daily basis.  I would say the #letsconnect staff conference was a great success and certainly achieved its aim of connecting us together.

We’re excited about the development of Vision UK – which sees VISION 2020 UK, UK Vision Strategy and England Vision Strategy coming together – as the new umbrella body for the eye health and sight loss sector which we’re looking forward to playing a significant role in. I look forward to having lots of exciting news relating to this in the coming weeks, months and maybe even days!

I’m also pleased with the development of the new London clusters – North London Vision (which will include Central West London), South West London Vision and West London Vision – who will work closely with our existing local societies. This now gives us a rational structure for providing services across the whole of London on either a pan-London or local borough basis.

Lastly, I’d like to congratulate our Head of Finance, Louise Fairhurst, on her efforts running the London Marathon late last month to raise funds for East London Vision (ELVis), an important part of the Pocklington Family. Louise ran the marathon in an incredible 04:11:57 – 20 minutes faster than I have ever run it! We are very proud of Louise, who has raised more than £2500 for ELVis so far.

If you would like to, you can still sponsor Louise and support the work of ELVis through the link below:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseFairhurst

 

Peter Corbett

Chief Executive