Sight Loss Council Member – Tyne & Wear
Main aspects of the Sight Loss Council Member role
· Draw from your personal experience as a person who is blind or partially sighted, contributing your skills and knowledge to benefit the key aims of the Sight Loss Council.
· Consult and engage with people living, working or studying in your local community to identify the key issues faced by people who are blind or partially sighted specifically in relation to the aims of the Sight Loss Council.
· Attend regular Sight Loss Council and peer networking meetings to represent the views and experiences of blind or partially sighted people in your community.
· Make valuable contributions to Sight Loss Council meetings, suggesting and discussing creative solutions and helping to develop clear strategies for influencing and delivering change.
· Focus on one or more priority aims of the Sight Loss Council, providing information, updates, and progress reports.
· Establish cooperative relationships with other Sight Loss Council Members and organisations, promoting a positive environment for meaningful discussion, information sharing, problem-solving and effective planning.
· To represent the Sight Loss Council at various accessibility testing sessions, formal meetings, seminars and forums and contribute to public consultations.
About Sight Loss Council (Thomas Pocklington Trust)
Our mission is to support blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead.
Our strategic priorities are to increase awareness and understanding of the needs and aspirations of blind and partially sighted people. We are committed to working with partners and developing and implementing activities and services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives.
Acting as an advocate and positive change agent for blind and partially sighted people.
Creating opportunities for blind and partially sighted people seeking employment.
Enabling opportunities and supporting blind and partially sighted people in and entering education.
Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people.
Being an effective partner and grant funder based on our knowledge of the sector.
In the North East we are looking for volunteers for our Sight-loss Council which aims to make a difference by representing the voice of blind and partially sighted people in the key areas of health, employment, education, transport, technology, and sport.
Sight Loss Councils are currently expanding their reach across England to enable people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to influence positive change and improve services at a national and local level.
Each Sight Loss Council aims to make a difference by representing the voice of blind and partially sighted people in the key areas of health, employment, education, transport, technology, and spor
What skills do I need?
What skills, experience and qualities are required?
· You should be a person who is blind or partially sighted
· Be able to positively engage with people at every level.
· Demonstrate excellent listening and communication skills.
· Confident in using technology or a willingness to learn.
· Be able to think creatively and solve problems.
· Be able to negotiate, cooperate and influence.
· Be enthusiastic about campaigning and lobbying.
· Show reliability and good time management skills
· A commitment to learn and develop within the role, undertaking relevant training and learning opportunities as required.
What will you learn and achieve?
· An understanding of the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people at a local and national level.
· A chance to do something positive with the potential to influence change.
· Access to an excellent core training package with ongoing learning and support
· The opportunity to demonstrate your organisation, communication skills and commitment – which looks great on a CV.
We can reimburse essential travel expenses which are agreed in advance.
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 01/09/2020
End Date: 01/09/2021
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Depaul UK North Tyneside
Friends Action North East
North Tyneside Citizens Advice Bureau