Macular Society launches new Working Age and Young People’s Service

Macular Society logo

6 December 2019
Source: Macular Society

Leading national sight loss charity the Macular Society has launched a dedicated new service for younger and working age people with macular disease. The Working Age and Young People’s Service has been set up to provide a comprehensive range of support, specially tailored to meet the needs of younger people with sight loss and their families. Through the new service,

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GOC announces the departure of Director of Strategy Alistair Bridge and the appointment of Leonie Milliner as Senior Education Adviser

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6 December 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that Director of Strategy, Alistair Bridge, will be leaving in February to become Head of Strategy at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). During Alistair’s seven years as a member of the GOC’s senior management team, he led the organisation’s policy, standards, communications, research and governance functions and led the development of

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RCOphth President Election 2020: The RCOphth elect a new president

6 December 2019
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is pleased to announce that Bernie Chang has been voted in as the next president. Mike Burdon will officially hand over the office of president at the AGM at Congress in May 2020. The RCOphth Council, Trustees and staff extend their congratulations to Bernie and look forward to working with him over the three years

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London Vision: Four recommendations for increasing voting accessibility

6 December 2019
Source: London Vision

As the UK readies itself for another trip to the polls, we’ve put together a short list of recommendations for Returning Officers and polling station staff to consider when preparing for the election on 12 December. Frustratingly, for many blind and partially sighted people in the capital, voting – either by post or at the polling station – remains fundamentally

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Thomas Pocklington Trust: Holistic approach to increase access to services and activities for blind and partially sighted people in Birmingham

6 December 2019

Blind and partially sighted people in Birmingham will have greater access to sports, employment and social activities following new arrangements unveiled at a meeting today. These services, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, were previously delivered via Birmingham Vision. Following a sustainability review, the Birmingham Vision board took the decision to close the charity on the basis that Thomas Pocklington Trust

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Mike Brace CBE DL, wins RNIB Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to sight loss community

5 December 2019
Source: RNIB

Mike received a prestigious award from RNIB in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of people with sight loss. Mike Brace, 69 who lives in the London Borough of Havering but is originally from Hackney, East London, lost sight in one eye at the age of 10 as a result of a firework accident. He was presented with

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RCOphth: General Election 2019: How to influence your prospective parliamentary candidate

5 December 2019
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

As part of RCOphth general election campaigning, RCOphth has launched a short guide for members on influencing your prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs). The guide calls for our members to build on the impact made by the RCOphth General Election 2019 Manifesto, in which we called for the next government to: • Address fundamental problems with the workforce • Adopt a

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Visibility Scotland celebrates 160TH birthday with Rebrand

4 December 2019
Source: Visibility

An organisation which has been at the heart of providing information, support and advice to people living with sight loss in Scotland for 160 years celebrated its birthday with a relaunch. For 160 years, Visibility has been on the front-line, delivering projects and initiatives to help people of any age, living with a visual impairment in the west of Scotland.

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British Blind Sport partner with University of Central Lancashire and Thomas Pocklington Trust for important children research piece

3 December 2019
Source: British Blind Sport

        British Blind Sport is pleased to announce a year-long partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to undertake research investigating the physical development rates of children with sight loss compared to their sighted peers. The research project will explore whether any link exists between a child’s sight levels and physical health

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BBC News: Disabled workers suffer pay penalty

3 December 2019
Source: BBC News

Disabled employees are paid 12.2% less than their non-disabled peers, according to official data. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that in 2018 the median pay for non-disabled workers was £12.11 an hour, against £10.63 for disabled. London had the widest disability pay gap at 15.3%, with the narrowest in Scotland, at 8.3%. The gap was the widest for

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