I hope you enjoyed the recent bank holiday and managed to avoid Storm Katie! I wanted to use this blog to introduce one of the newest members of the Pocklington Family – Wandsworth Vision. Just like ELVis (East London Vision), SELVis (South East London Vision) and Birmingham Vision, Wandsworth Vision is a local society run for, and by, people with sight loss.
I recently met with the first newly appointed trustees to think about our key activities, the first being to register the organisation with the Charity Commission and to develop a business plan to ensure the continuation and expansion of services for people with sight loss in Wandsworth.
For the time being I will be joining Louise Wright and Richard Holmes as a Trustee for Wandsworth Vision, however, our aim is to appoint more local trustees and when all positions are filled I will step down from the Board. Louise and Richard are both registered blind and residents of Wandsworth and I’m extremely pleased they have agreed to take on these roles. Louise is currently a Trustee of Action for Blind People and is a Guide Dog user. Richard is a Regional Campaigns Manager for the RNIB.
I am very keen that Wandsworth Vision has a broad group of people with sight loss at its centre and we have recently been consulting with the local VI community to find out what services they need and would like to see improved and to help us shape the organisation. I’m particularly aware of the need to ensure appropriate continuity in view of the changes which are happening at our existing services at Roehampton and Balham and this will be a key objective for Wandsworth Vision.
I will be very pleased to share further news of Wandsworth Vision with you all as it develops over the coming months.