Rodney Powell Awards 2021: Shortlisted nominations

Voting is now closed. The awards will be presented at the Sight Loss Council Conference on Saturday 9th October 2021. Nominations are as follows:


Outstanding Team

Bristol Sight Loss Council for its work developing visual awareness training with Bristol Eye Hospital

Bristol Sight Loss Council is shortlisted for developing and implementing a vision impairment awareness course for staff at Bristol Eye Hospital.  Raising awareness among hospital staff of the challenges blind and partially sighted people face and how they can be better supported will improve the experience for patients and their families attending the hospital. An additional challenge to the project is the fact volunteers have had to develop the resources remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council sub-group for its work with the Clinical Commissioning Group

Three volunteers from Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council (Carrie Thould, Mary Woolley, Viviene Coxhead) are nominated for their work raising awareness with the Clinical Commissioning Group on the importance of vision impairment awareness within community health.  Part of this work was patient advocacy work with pharmacies where they educated staff on the importance of braille labelling on medication not being covered with patient labels.


Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council sub-group for its ‘Let’s Get Creatively Active’ event

Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council volunteers (Ada Eravama, Anthony Gough, Lora Fachie, Maria Booth, Mary Gilbertson, Sophie Thornhill) worked together as a team to arrange and host a successful virtual event with inspirational speakers. The group worked with grass routes organisations as well as internationally renowned organisations to reinforce the benefits of sport and art, inspiring listeners to get involved. The session featured Paralympian cyclist Lora Fachie MBE, as well as award-winning poet Dave Steele. The event reached over 1000 people. You can watch the event again here: Creatively Active


York Sight Loss Council for its work with e-scooter operator TIER

York Sight Loss Council is nominated for the team’s work with e-scooter provider TIER.  Volunteers worked with the company to demonstrate the importance of acoustic vehicle alerts on e-scooters. This led TIER to commit to installing these audible alerts which has encouraged other providers to follow suit.  For more information on the national campaign regarding e-scooters visit #StreetsForAll


Outstanding Individual

Frank McFarlane, Merseyside Sight Loss Council, for raising awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people across employment, transport and sport

Frank has been an active member of the Merseyside Sight Loss Council for several years.  He is shortlisted for his professional approach in supporting other volunteers to develop in confidence and for his work with stakeholders across transport, sport and raising awareness across all sectors of society.


Krupali Parshotam, Student Voices volunteer, for her contribution to Disabled Student Allowance reforms

Krupali is shortlisted for her contribution to raising awareness of university access for blind and partially sighted people. She played an important role in the Disabled Students’ Allowance reforms meeting with the minister responsible for universities.  Krupali has also fed into the Higher Education Inquiry into the experiences of Disabled People where she made a speech at the launch of the inquiry.  She has contributed in podcasts, featured in case studies and spoken at a national conference.  Read her story: We shouldn’t have to fight so hard just to learn


Louise Lifely, Bristol Sight Loss Council member, for her contribution in developing awareness training at Bristol Hospital

Louise is shortlisted for her contribution in developing the awareness training for Bristol Eye Hospital. Previously a nurse and a qualified ECLO, Louise understands the importance of early intervention for people with sight loss and how vital it is that people within healthcare settings understand the challenges blind and partially sighted people face.  For the project she conducted research, pulling together ideas for the training video which raises awareness on vision impairment and how visually impaired people can be better supported in hospital.


Steve Ewens for his contribution to Bristol Sight Loss Council and Peer Networks

Steve is shortlisted for his contribution to the Peer Networks which are designed to share good practice across all Sight Loss Councils. Steve supports the Peer Networks on issues ranging from tech to transport, sharing his knowledge and experience and helping meetings to flow. Steve has worked on developing a good practice model for the Peer Networks, based on his experience of volunteering for Bristol Sight Loss Council.

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