Two sight loss charities have entered into a partnership in a bid to champion ‘groundbreaking’ local services for visually impaired people.
The alliance between the Thomas Pocklington Trust and Visionary will see the establishment of a nationwide strategy for joining up services locally, and ensuring that they are both accessible and available to people with sight loss.
Working together, the charities hope that the alliance will provide communities with a platform to input into service design and seeks to join up service delivery between local and national voluntary organisations, as well as NHS services and local government programmes of support for people living with sight loss.
The partnership is also supported by national sight loss charities such as the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs, Blind Veterans UK and Vision 2020 UK, and will build on the progress which has already been made by Visionary and its members as part of the ‘Visionary Futures’ strategy.
Commenting on the move, chief executive of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, Peter Corbett, said: "Our alliance with Visionary will put the empowerment of the sight loss community at the forefront of service design and delivery. By partnering with other leading charities, our aspiration is to deliver the local services that people with sight loss across the country need and deserve. It is crucial that the community not only has access to highest quality support services, but also has a platform to shape how those services are delivered."
Chair of Visionary, Philip Longworth, added: "This is great news for Visionary and our members. We are excited about our ambitious plans to create a strong, sustainable national network of local sight loss voluntary organisations. The alliance with Thomas Pocklington Trust means a very bright future for our organisations and the people we support."