Press release issued: 10 August 2015

Leading organisations in the sight loss sector, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Visionary, have launched an alliance to champion ground-breaking local services for visually impaired people.
As part of the alliance, a nationwide strategy for joining up local sight loss services will be developed. This will focus on making sight loss services accessible and available to the visually impaired people in their local community. The alliance will provide the community with a platform to input into service design and seeks to join up service delivery between local and national voluntary organisations, as well as NHS services and local government programmes of support for people living with sight loss.

Both Visionary and Thomas Pocklington Trust are already embedded within the sight loss community. As a membership organisation whose network spans the UK, Visionary supports its members to deliver local services for people with sight loss. Thomas Pocklington Trust supports the delivery of local services for the visually impaired community; the charity has supported the establishment of voluntary organisations such as East London Vision, South East London Vision and Birmingham Vision and over the past three years they have championed the implementation of the UK Vision Strategy.

Working alongside national sight loss charities including the RNIB Group , Guide Dogs, Blind Veterans UK and Vision 2020 UK, the alliance will benefit from combining resources to build on the work already done by Visionary and its members as part of the ‘Visionary Futures’ strategy.

Using the expertise of Thomas Pocklington Trust and Visionary’s nationwide network of voluntary sight loss organisations, the alliance seeks to make sight loss services available to the visually impaired community across the UK.

Peter Corbett, Chief Executive of Thomas Pocklington Trust, commented:

“Our alliance with Visionary will put the empowerment of the sight loss community at the forefront of service design and delivery. By partnering with other leading charities, our aspiration is to deliver the local services that people with sight loss across the country need and deserve. It is crucial that the community not only has access to highest quality support services, but also has a platform to shape how those services are delivered.”

Philip Longworth, Chair of Visionary, commented:

“This is great news for Visionary and our members. We are excited about our ambitious plans to create a strong, sustainable national network of local sight loss voluntary organisations. The alliance with Thomas Pocklington Trust means a very bright future for our organisations and the people we support.”