Employment is how most people earn a living, but it is also often how we define ourselves and what gives us our sense of self-worth.

It also provides opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills. earning your own money is important to many in relation to identity and independence and our research has shown that blind and partially sighted people are financially better off in work than they are when receiving out of work benefits.

It is estimated over 20,000 blind and partially sighted people are currently working in every main category of employment in a wide variety of roles. However, we know there is a gap in employment rates and that too many blind and partially sighted people are not fulfilling their professional potential. We are committed to employment being part of more blind and partially sighted people’s lives.

We are currently developing a new approach and suite of services for blind and partially sighted people looking to get in, and on, in work. We are exploring new ways to connect blind and partially sighted people with employers and employment opportunities. Further information will follow shortly.

Please get in touch to find out more and access our support. We’d love to hear from you if you are blind or partially sighted and looking for work or if you are interested in our work in this area and would like to join our mailing list.

Contact us at employment@pocklington-trust.org.uk.

We also run an internship programme within TPT. These provide work experience and learning and development opportunities for blind and partially sighted people in a variety of roles. 85 percent of our interns leave and gain paid employment in a wide range of sectors. We advertise our intern vacancies widely including on this website, so keep an eye out for forthcoming opportunities.

In addition, we support our partners at London Vision and Birmingham Vision to deliver employment programmes.

To learn more about the employment support service offered by London Vision please contact Amardeep Tokhi on amardeep.tokhi@pocklington-trust.org.uk or 07773 584028.

For information on the employment support services offered by Birmingham Vision please contact Zoe Bates on zoe.bates@birminghamvision.co.uk or 0797654906.