Closure of Vision UK

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8 June 2020
Source: Vision UK

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the closure of Vision UK as of 31/07/2020. We have come to the point where we do not have the resources to continue and are closing while we still have the funds in the budget to do so in as elegant a manner as possible. We are extremely grateful for

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Furloughing of Vision UK Staff

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6 April 2020
Source: Vision UK

Due to budgetary issues, and in particular due to the COVID 19 crisis, we are having to furlough all Vision UK staff and put the work of Vision UK in abeyance for at least two months with immediate effect. We will hope to re-open at the end of this period We understand this comes at a very difficult time for

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Charity Fight for Sight announces strategy to continue the eye research pipeline throughout covid-19 crisis and beyond

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6 April 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight has announced its latest project funding and its plans for continuing its efforts to advance eye research in the current global health crisis and beyond. The charity is doing everything in its power to maintain business as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to award research funding as planned over the next

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A Petition to Abolish VAT on Audiobooks by Robert Browne

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6 April 2020
Source: Robert Browne

One of life’s great pleasures is the enjoyment of a great book. The words contained within the story can transport you to so many different places within the comfort, of your own home. Nowadays, of course in the modern world books are no-longer restricted to words written on a piece of paper and can instead be enjoyed in various formats,

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Optical sector rejects fifth year of freeze in GOS fees

6 April 2020
Source: Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee

The Government has announced that there will be no increase in GOS fees in England for a fifth successive year. The Department of Health and Social Care described this as “a difficult decision” which reflected “the lack of available evidence about any impact on NHS sight test numbers or optical businesses” as a result of fees being frozen since 2016.

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Latest podcast from the RNIB Older People and Complex Needs Team: Supporting older people

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6 April 2020
Source: RNIB

This podcast series is essential listening for those who support older people living with sight loss, people with sight loss and professionals working in the field of complex needs. Iain Kennedy and June Neil, from RNIB’s older people and complex needs team, have recorded the series to offer advice and support to carers and highlight the challenges presented by sight

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Staying informed – organisations that can help during physical distancing

6 April 2020
Source: VICTA

It is a time of rapid change and we are all adapting the way we live and work to follow the national effort against the spread of Coronavirus. For many of us it is a worrying time, so we want to stay in touch and share as much information to help as we can. Go to the VICTA website to

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AOP fee reduction for members amidst coronavirus crisis

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6 April 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) Board announce a 20% reduction in membership fees for UK practising members, which is the equivalent of two monthly direct debit payments. The fee reduction is designed to provide immediate financial support to members during the coronavirus crisis. The scheme will be rolled out automatically and there is no action needed by members to benefit.

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Third Force News: Record numbers of visually impaired children need support

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3 April 2020
Source: Third Force News

Royal Blind say there are now 4,735 schoolchildren in Scotland with visual impairments. A charity is calling for urgent action to support record numbers of visually impaired children in Scotland’s schools. Royal Blind said the number of schoolchildren with visual impairments has more than doubled over the last decade, from 2,005 in 2010 to 4,735 today. Over the same period,

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Sight loss charity releases guidance on assisting vision impaired with shopping during Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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3 April 2020
Source: Blind Veterans UK

Sight loss charity Blind Veterans UK has released new advice on assisting blind and vision-impaired people with shopping throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Nicky Shaw, Blind Veterans UK’s Director of Operations, says: “Many people want to provide support to those who are vulnerable at this time. “This community spirit is fantastic and can be a great help but it is

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