4 December 2019
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.
On the 22nd November, Visibility celebrated its achievements and announced a rebrand to Visibility Scotland offering services across Scotland. A celebration event took place at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow.
Louise Hunter, Chief Executive at Visibility Scotland, said: “The team and I are delighted to celebrate the achievements over the past 160 years. Visibility Scotland provides support to over 3000 people annually to improve inclusion and equality.
Compassion and care is at the heart of everything that we do. Today is also about recognising our staff and volunteers; our people, our professionalism and our passion.”
Formed in 1859 as the Society for Promoting Reading Among the Blind, the organisations original goals were to advance spiritual welfare and to lobby and campaign for the poorest in society.
Louise also said “I sense that there may be some real change in the sector just now, with organisations across social care, health and education prepared to move out of comfort zones to strive to do better. At Visibility Scotland we need to be part of this change to improve policy and practice for the better for visually impaired people”
“To reflect these changes in the sector, and after consultation with our service users, we’ve changed our logo, our name and our strapline to ‘You don’t need to have sight to have vision’. Our new tagline focuses on what people can do, not what they cannot”
“The sector still has a lot to do to continue to improve the lives of people living with sight loss and the Visibility Scotland strategy is to continue to collaborate with professionals to realise this collective ambition. I hope the one thing you take away from today is that at Visibility Scotland, and collectively, we don’t need sight to have vision. To achieve this we need people, we need professionalism and we need commitment and we have that in abundance”
Arlene Croall, chair of Visibility Scotland, said: “I have a long-standing relationship with Visibility Scotland – although not quite 160 years!
“Over the last 26 years I’ve been a service user, a volunteer and a board member. Getting involved with Visibility Scotland in 1993 changed my life. If we carry on in such a positive way, the future will hold many opportunities for us.”
You don’t need sight to have vision!
If you wish more information, please contact Louise Dragsnes @ Visibility Scotland, 2 Queens Crescent, Glasgow G4 9BW
07722 077669, Louise@visibilityscotland.org.uk
Scottish Charity no: SCO 09738