• 9th December 2021

    Sutton Vision win award for engaging members during Covid pandemic

    Local charity Sutton Vision have been voted Rainbow Award winners at this year’s Visionary awards.

    The organisation, that supports people who are blind or partially sighted in the London Borough of Sutton, was among the winners at Visionary’s Annual Conference, celebrating the impactful services and positive difference made to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. 

    The Rainbow award, sponsored by RNIB, is given to those organisations and individuals who have been a Rainbow in the pandemic, through being open and generous; sharing knowledge, challenges, their staff and practical information and examples of what has worked for them.

    The charity was proud to win as part of a consortium that offered “Living Well” and “Future Vision” sessions on Zoom at the height of the pandemic and beyond.

    Louisa Syrett, vice chair of Sutton Vision, said “We’re delighted to have been part of this Rainbow Award winning coalition.  A group of like-minded organisations who, with us, have empowered and enabled people living with visual impairment in Sutton.”

    In judging, Campbell Chalmers, on behalf of RNIB, noted the group, including Kirklees Visual Impairment Network, My Sight Notts, Support 4 Sight, Sight Advice South Lakes, Sight Airedale, Sight Concern Worcestershire, offered “regular informative sessions” which “provided a much needed engagement, stimulation and support during very challenging times. It is a fantastic example of how organisations, by working together, have been able to share resources to create and build something great.”

    The charity will receive a £500 prize, a trophy and branded electronic PR resources for the award, that they hope will build on their success in the future.

  • 9th December 2021

    Zero Project Conference 2021

    As a leader in digital accessibility, Leonard Cheshire will examine the potential of technology for inclusive employment models.

    Leonard Cheshire’s session at the Zero Project Conference 2021 will explore the potential of technology and innovation to shape an inclusive world of work. We will share findings from research on the digital and technology landscape for inclusive employment solutions, providing examples from Leonard Cheshire projects, such as our digital employment platforms within the Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) programme, e-learning, virtual job fairs and the i2Talent mobile app.

    The session will include a panel discussion looking at the future of work and inclusive solutions to close the disability employment gap, including challenges and opportunities to maximise ICT solutions for people with disabilities. We will also address the current context of COVID-19 and discuss how technology and innovation can support an economic recovery which ensures no one is left behind. 

  • 22nd November 2021

    Sutton Vision celebrates after a successful 3-year National Lottery Community Fund application!

    National Lottery Community Fund Logo

    The charity celebrates after receiving £350,000 from the National Lottery to further empower and enable people living with vision impairment in Sutton.

    The three-year grant will allow Sutton Vision to:

    • Diversify the range of services we offer to visually impaired people across Sutton to include new events, technologies and support services.

    • Extend our work to reach a wider range of people living with vision impairment in Sutton.

    • Make significant improvements to our resource centre creating a vibrant hub for the Sutton Vision community.  

    If you would like to be part of this new project and become a volunteer for Sutton Vision, please email Amanda Larter to request a volunteer application form.

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  • 8th October 2021

    World Sight Day 8th October 2020

    Can you read this blog without glasses? 69% of the UK can’t. 

    Sutton Vision is excited to recognise and support World Sight Day, which is officially commemorated on October 8, 2020.  Sutton Vision is proud to work with the optometry community to help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment. 

    ‘I was fortunate enough to join Sutton Vision as Chief Officer at the start of June 2020.  I’ve really enjoyed continuing to develop services for blind and partially sighted people in Sutton and helping to provide a wide range of services to help enable and empower people with sight loss to live independent and full lives.

    It’s been an interesting time to get started and to develop a strategy to realise our ambitions for the charity.

    Whilst I would have wished for different circumstances for my start, I am delighted to be able to bring my experience in working with people who are blind or partially sighted.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has required many of our service users to follow shielding measures and exacerbated the issues that people who are blind or partially sighted face every day. Demand for Sutton Vision’s support and services has increased since the pandemic began, making the assistance and services we provide more crucial than ever.

    But it’s vital that our members and service users and their families know that they can still get in touch with us. We’re up and running and we have the capacity to help you. I know the difference a conversation can make to someone who is anxious and feeling isolated or worried.  Staying in touch with Sutton Vision and with our team is incredibly important – We’re all here to support you.

    My focus is not only on getting through COVID-19, but on being ready to step up and represent Sutton Vision to continue providing help to enable and empower people with sight loss to lead independent and full lives. Our members and service users need our support now and throughout the coming months, and I am committed to doing everything to help them and their families live better and more independent lives.

    I’d like to recognise that on this World Sight Day that Sutton Vision is proud work with the Optometry community to help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment and to be part of spreading the message that everyone, everywhere has access to sight #HopeInSight