Visionary has opened registrations to its annual conference this year – open to all in the sight loss sector.

The Visionary Conference 2016 will be held at the Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham on October 20-21.

The conference theme – Sharing success, making a difference – will be reflected throughout the conference where local sight loss charities, national charity partners and other professionals will have networking and learning opportunities.

There are some fantastic examples of service delivery happening among the Visionary membership, despite the challenges that members are facing particularly with funding levels being reduced or cut, and these will be celebrated at this year’s conference and reflected throughout the workshop programme and exhibition.

People can book their exhibition stands now and are encouraged to be creative when thinking about their stand, with interactive and accessible stands welcomed, to show off what they do to the attendees from across the UK.

There will be a range of workshops at the conference covering areas including fundraising, children and young people, sport, rehabilitation, sight loss and dementia, technology, and information, advice and guidance.

Visionary member nominations for the 7th annual Visionary Awards, which aim to recognise and celebrate excellence in the management of local sight loss charities and the quality of service offered, are also open.

Alison Oliver, Chief Executive of Visionary, commented: “After a period of substantial change and progress we’re excited to be holding the Visionary Conference 2016 and for bookings to be open. We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to reduce the delegate rate and to subsidise accommodation for our members so more people are able to attend. We are looking forward to sharing success and making a difference with all attendees.”

Registrations are open through the Visionary website. To take advantage of the ‘early bird’ and ‘small members’ free place’ offers you need to reserve your place by Monday, August 22.

For more information about the conference, visit the Visionary website or email