Author: Penny

Coping on my own as a blind person during lockdown

A big question for many blind and partially sighted people who live alone  is how to cope with meeting almost no one while keeping sane and positive during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog, Graham Page, Technology Officer at TPT, writes about how he shops, keeps in touch with people and occupies himself at home. Introduction I have spent the last 20 years working and living in London.  I am familiar with the shops and other local amenities such as pubs and cafes.  I was at a boarding school for the visually impaired and then at university, so I...

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COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

TPT has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up a £500,000 emergency fund for sight loss organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.

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Partnerships Co-ordinator

Pocklington Hub – London Salary £23,000 to £28,000 FTE (depending on experience) Part time role: 21.60 hrs over 3 days (we are open to other flexible ways of working e.g. 21.60 hours over 5 days)   We are looking for an experienced and self-motivated administrator. You will be highly organised with an attention to detail and have the ability to work independently. You will  provide administrative support to The Partnerships Team. Developing productive relationships and collaborative partnerships across the UK, locally and internally. This will involve working alongside other Thomas  Pocklington Trust’s teams to enhance service provision and opportunities for blind and partially sighted people. Closing date: Sunday 15th March 2020 at midnight ‘How to Apply’ If you would like to apply for this role, please follow these steps: Read the Job Description and Application Guidance Notes Complete the application form and Selection Criteria form Complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Email the completed forms to: applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk (please ensure you include the job title in the subject...

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Engagement Manager (North West)

Home based Salary £30,000 – £40,000 pa (depending on experience) Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is seeking an Engagement Manager to deliver Sight Loss Councils (SLC) across the North West. This role will engage blind and partially sighted people across the region, ensuring their voices are represented and responding to key issues, activities and themes as they arise. The SLCs, funded by TPT and led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, advocate the needs of blind and partially sighted people and influence positive change in the area.  These are currently up and running in Birmingham, Black Country, Bristol and Merseyside. Over the next year TPT will be extending its SLCs across the country. If you are experienced in engagement, setting up consultation groups, project management and managing volunteers – and want to make a real difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people, we would love to hear from you. Closing date: Friday 6th March 2020 at 17.00 hrs ‘How to Apply’ If you would like to apply for this role, please follow these steps: Read the Job Description and Application Guidance Notes Complete the application form and Selection Criteria form Complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Email the completed forms to: applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk (please ensure you include the job title in the subject...

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Head of Employment

We are looking for a self-starter who will lead on the development and implementation of Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Employment Strategy.

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Accessible radio listening and broadcasting in 2020

In an age dominated by digital platforms and declining availability of analogue equipment, modern radio can prove challenging to a blind and partially sighted audience. For World Radio Day, we look at some accessible solutions for both consuming and making radio programmes.

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Preparing for interviews

  As the phrase goes, ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. The below resources will make sure you aren’t kicking yourself at the end of the interview due to lack of preparation.   Preparing for interview questions It is important that you plan how you structure your answers. The employment team have sat on countless interview panels and seen lots of candidates who have not structured their answers and this always leads to a poor interview. The STAR interview method in the link below is tried and tested and shown to work. STAR Interview response technique   Tell me about yourself A common question to start any interview. Most people dislike this question and don’t plan for it. This video gives you some ideas to give a good response.   Overcoming interview nerves Nerves are normal but can get the better of you. The link below explains some good habits to get into for any future interviews. Preparation tasks Below are two tasks key to nailing your interview prep. Prepare your examples: using the star method go through the person specification and think of examples to demonstrate each competency that they are looking for. Write down your answers and get confident with them. Interview yourself: write some practice interview questions and record yourself answering them. Play them back and think about what was good about them and what you...

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There’s a story for everyone

As part of National Storytelling Week 2020, Robert Cummings, Tech Intern at Thomas Pocklington Trust, tells the story of how storytelling has become accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

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Thomas Pocklington Trust gains new insights and expertise with the appointment of its new trustees

Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity dedicated to supporting blind and partially sighted people, has appointed three new trustees to its board.  Raj Mehta, Judith Potts and Sir James Pickthorn Bt were officially sworn on to the board at a meeting this week.   Mervyn Williamson, Chair of the board at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Judith, Raj and James to the board.  They each bring a wealth of experience in different areas that, I am sure, will be a real asset to our team.” Raj Mehta Raj Mehta was a commercially-focused experienced procurement and...

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Communications Officer – Sight Loss Councils

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is seeking a part time Communications Officer (3 days per week) to promote the work of its Sight Loss Councils.  The Sight Loss Councils, funded by TPT and led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, advocate the needs, and campaign on behalf of, blind and partially sighted people in the area.  These are currently up and running in Birmingham, Black Country, Bristol and Merseyside. Over the next year TPT will be extending its SLCs across the country. You will look after the planning, coordination and delivery of communications activity and content for the Sight Loss Councils, including marketing, website, social media, and traditional media output. This role will sit within the Communications Team at the Pocklington Hub, based near Euston, and will contribute to our work in supporting blind and partially sighted people live the lives they want to lead. If you have experience in delivering successful communications and want to make a real difference, then we want to hear from you. Closing date: Sunday 16 February 2020 ‘How to Apply’ If you would like to apply for this role, please follow these steps: Read the Job Description and Application Guidance Notes Complete an application form Complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Email the completed forms to: applications@pocklington-trust.org.uk (please ensure you include the job title in the subject heading)...

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Holistic approach to increase access to services and activities for blind and partially sighted people in Birmingham

Blind and partially sighted people in Birmingham will have greater access to sports, employment and social activities following new arrangements unveiled at a meeting today. These services, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, were previously delivered via Birmingham Vision.  Following a sustainability review, the Birmingham Vision board took the decision to close the charity on the basis that Thomas Pocklington Trust will redirect funding for the services to other organisations established in the area. Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “Research estimates there are more than 28,000 blind or partially sighted people in Birmingham with 8,620 actually registered blind or partially sighted*, yet only a fraction of these access the services and activities available.  We want to change this. “By redirecting funding for these services to established charities in the city, the new arrangements will enable more people to access these.  Local provision for sport, employment, social activities and the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer role will not only continue but the pathway for these services will be streamlined to increase access to these in the city.” Focus Birmingham will deliver a Health and Wellbeing Project and Peer Support and Social Project which will form part of its new Sight Loss Support model. When a person comes to Focus they will be given a ‘Sight Loss MOT’ – a holistic review of employment aspirations, technology, social and support needs. ...

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