This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Twenty-one years after that fateful day when Thomas Pocklington, Sheffield born jeweller-turned-
property developer, was accidentally shot in the eye by his chauffeur, TPT began working to improve lives for blind and partially sighted people.
Since then, TPT has undergone many evolutions – from providing care and accommodation for elderly people living with sight loss, to our current aim of improving lives for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
Some of our recent work has focused on influencing the national agenda on important issues. This has included responding to local and national public consultations on key issues such as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and by sharing knowledge through the funding of social research on health, equality and assisted living.
One of our proudest achievements in recent years has been increasing the number of our own staff with lived experience of sight loss. Currently, 37% of our staff have lived experience of sight loss, and we have an ongoing target of 50%, while 10 of our trustees are blind or partially sighted.
We have supported a number of new charities and organisations including Birmingham Vision, and London Vision charity that will support blind and partially sighted people who live, work and study in London. We continue to support and enable our network of partners to deliver key services effectively.
TPT have also supported the founding of Sight Loss Councils across the UK, including with their pilot project in Birmingham. Sight Loss Councils are groups of volunteers representing the voice of blind and partially sighted people in their local area. They work together with organisations and local authorities to influence change in their local communities.
On TPT’s 60th anniversary, Peter Corbett, CEO of TPT, said:
“I believe that the progress that has been made over the last 60 years in understanding and seeking to meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people, including people with sight loss, and including them in every aspect of our society on a level playing field with their sighted peers, is one of the finest examples of the progress that we can claim to have made as a civilised society.
Thomas Pocklington Trust is proud to have played a part in this progress. Clearly, much still needs to be done, for example in closing the unacceptable employment rate gap and combatting social isolation in an ageing population, and we are determined to continue to be a catalyst for positive change to improve the lives of people living with and at risk of sight loss throughout the UK.”
Our 60th year promises to be a great one. TPT hopes to reach more people than ever before, ensuring everything we do is driven by the needs and aspirations of blind and partially sighted people. To achieve this, we will strive to influence change across the sight loss sector and strengthen our partnerships with local and national organisations that share our vision. More than ever before, we will ensure we measure and demonstrate our national impact, ensuring that everything we do helps us achieve a society in which blind and partially sighted people can participate fully.