Leading charities call for visually impaired to take part in landmark study

RNIB, Guide Dogs and the Thomas Pocklington Trust are researching the realities of life for blind and partially sighted people in the UK

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Leading charities within the sight loss sector are calling for people with vision impairment to take part in a landmark research study.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs and the Thomas Pocklington Trust have jointly launched the study to uncover the realities of life for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

It is hoped that the research will help to create an accurate and up-to-date view of the experiences and needs of those affected by sight loss and visual impairments. The results will be shared across the sector to improve the services and support that is available.

The charities are now calling for those affected by sight loss to take part in the study. Research will be conducted through telephone interviews that could take up to 50 minutes. All data will be anonymous, and participants can withdraw at any point.

Hilary Ingleton, head of research and insight at RNIB, called the collaborative study “the first of its kind.”

Ms Ingleton added: “By working collaboratively with Guide Dogs and Thomas Pocklington Trust, we can generate better intelligence, which can then be shared across the sector to make a bigger impact.

“By taking part, you will have a direct hand in the future of support for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.”

Helen Vaterlaws-Whiteside, head of innovation at Guide Dogs, emphasised the importance of people sharing their stories: “It’s vital that we really understand the needs of blind and partially people and the realities of their lives so we can offer the right support.”

She added: “We want to hear in-depth about people’s experiences, hopes and ambitions, so by taking part in this research you can help us shape and develop the services people with sight loss need and expect.”

Those who want to be involved should register their interest by calling 0161 507 7360, emailing [email protected], or visiting https://bit.ly/3lmPmSG