Author: Penny

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

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is seeking a bright and sparky Communications Officer to help deliver our new communications strategy and contribute to our work in supporting blind and partially sighted people live the lives they want to lead. You will look after the planning, delivery and development of our social media vehicles, write snappy website content and support the wider communications activity across the organisation. If you have experience in delivering successful communications and want to make a difference, then we want to hear from you. Closing date: Monday 2 January 17:00 ‘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: (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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