We have had much to celebrate at Pocklington in the last month!

I am very proud that our London Employment Programme Pilot ‘Works for Me’ won VISION 2020 UK’s Astbury Award 2016 – an award given in recognition of work that fosters excellence in collaboration within the eye health and sight loss sectors. The pilot programme, which was headed up by TPT’s Employment Team, Alexa Sage, Martin Sigsworth and Charlie Coyle, collaborated with businesses, charities and individual professionals which gave it access to resources far beyond its own capacity.

Employment is a major area of focus for us that we look to build on in the future so it is very encouraging that it has been recognised, valued and appreciated.

I am also proud that South East London Vision (SELVis), a part of the Pocklington Family, was a finalist in the Best New Charity category in the Charity Times Awards. SELVis, established in 2014, is doing wonderful work to ensure blind and partially sighted people living in south east London can live independently and receive high quality services relevant to their needs.

We have been in our new Pocklington Hub for more than a month now and it is very pleasing that external organisations in the Eye Health and Sight Loss sector have already been making use of our meeting rooms, and that everyone is loving the space as much as we are.

SELVis has also had an exciting move of their own, having moved into their new home at the CAN Mezzanine in Borough, from their old office space in Brixton. We look forward to making great use of the space.

Moving into October, I am looking forward to attending the Visionary Conference 2016 later this month. It will be a wonderful opportunity for organisations to collaborate, share success, learn from each other and make a difference together.

I am also looking forward to attending and speaking at the VISION 2020 Charities Forum. The forum is a VISION 2020 group that seeks to articulate and promote joined up best practice working at the voluntary sector end of the eye health and sight loss pathway.

This month also sees the launch of our Cane Enable campaign. The campaign aims to encourage people to use their canes and highlight what canes can facilitate. You can watch our short films and join the “What does your Cane Enable?” discussion on our website; www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/caneenable


Peter Corbett

Chief Executive