VISION 2020 UK has launched a monthly podcast which will delve into the major issues facing the eye health and sight loss sector.

The umbrella organisation, which leads collaboration in the sector, will use the new platform to explore topics through expert analysis, opinion and debate.

The podcast is intended to be an educational forum for service users, carers, professionals and those with no knowledge of the topics.

Hosted by John Welsman, Guide Dogs Policy Business Partner, the monthly podcasts will focus on one topic or interview per episode, highlighting the work of VISION 2020 UK Standing Committees, as well as discussions with leaders in the sector on topics such as rehabilitation, dementia, children and certification.

The first two podcasts are now available through the VISION 2020 UK website, on audioboom, and soon can be found on iTunes by searching VISION 2020 UK. They feature Mercy Jeyasingham, the VISION 2020 UK Chief Executive, and Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE, a former Paralympian swimmer and life peer in the House of Lords.

Mercy gives listeners an introduction to the work of VISION 2020 UK and the major topics of interest within the eye health and sight loss sector in the first episode, while Lord Holmes gives listeners an understanding of his background, his achievements to date and his areas of concern and interest around eye health and sight loss in the second episode

John Welsman said podcasts were a great way of discussing complex topics as well as being entertaining and informative.

“The ability of people to listen to the podcast on their commute, in their car or at home is a great way of communicating these issues,” he said.

“I look forward to working with VISION 2020 UK to create an engaging and professional podcast.”

Podcast 1: Mercy Jeyasingham, VISION 2020 UK CEO

Podcast 2: Lord Chris Holmes Richmond MBE

For more information, visit the VISION 2020 UK website.