A call on International Youth Day for Young Voices to forge local change

On this International Youth Day Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is calling all vision impaired young people who live in the North West or West Midlands to join its new Young Voices team.

The charity is piloting the groups initially in the areas where its Sight Loss Councils (SLC) operate. SLCs advocate the needs and campaign on behalf of blind and partially sighted people in the area.

The groups would meet monthly to discuss the issues blind and partially sighted young people face in the region. This would feed into activity on the ground to forge positive local change.

Emma Cruickshank, Head of the Children Young People and Families team at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “The input of these young people will lead to real change in their communities. Volunteering can be a hugely positive experience for young people and one of the best ways to develop confidence and new skills. It will enable them to meet new people in a similar situation to them and gain valuable experience that looks great on a CV or university application.

“Areas we would like young people’s input include education opportunities, social activities, mental health support and confidence building and opportunities into employment and further education.”

TPT is looking for volunteers between 14-18 years old who are blind or partially sighted and want to give their time to achieve a positive future.

To find out more visit: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/young-voices

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day

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For further information or images please contact:

Penny Wilkinson, Thomas Pocklington Trust, penny.wilkinson@pocklington-trust.org.uk 07974 578 637.

Editors’ Notes

About Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. We are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of their needs and aspirations, to working with partners and to developing and implementing services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives. These include:

  • Acting as an advocate and positive change agent for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Creating opportunities for blind and partially sighted people seeking employment.
  • Enabling opportunities and supporting blind and partially sighted people whilst in and entering education.
  • Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people.
  • Being an effective partner and grant funder based on our knowledge of the sector.

www.pocklington-trust.org.uk

About Sight Loss Councils

Sight Loss Councils, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust and led by blind and partially sighted volunteers, advocate the needs and campaign on behalf of blind and partially sighted people in the area.

SLCs are currently working in Birmingham, Black Country, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Each SLC is made up of around 10-12 blind and partially sighted members who meet monthly to discuss accessibility issues and plan projects in their regions under the six priority themes of education, employment, technology, health and social care, transport, sport and leisure. www.sightlosscouncils.org.uk

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to supporting blind and partially sighted people to live the lives they want to lead. To find out more on this or other volunteering opportunities in the sight loss sector contact volunteering@pocklington-trust.org.uk

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