Corporate Partners

Corporate Partners

People who are blind and partially sighted continue to experience barriers and obstacles when it comes to the workplace. Our corporate partners are helping us redress that.

There are over two million people in the UK living with sight loss and it is estimated that this figure will double by 2050. 27% of registered BPS people are in employment compared to 81% in the general population (RNIB). Unemployment rates for BPS people haven’t changed significantly in a generation (RNIB). Employment rates for BPS people compare less favourably with employment rates for other groups with impairments – 25% vs 50% (UK Government). There are approximately 84,500 registered BPS people of working age in the UK (RNIB).

In recent research, blind and partially sighted people rated employment as the second biggest barrier they face in living their lives.

Read the full VI Lives report

We are working to change this by partnering with businesses and organisations. Partnering with us not only demonstrates your organisation’s values and responsibility, it also shows that you are passionate about positive change.

We partner with those who:

  • Embrace diversity and inclusivity by actively employing, training, or offering internships to blind and partially sighted jobseekers.
  • Equip staff with the knowledge and expertise to provide support to partially sighted colleagues and customers.
  • Champion accessibility by offering goods and services that cater to the needs of people living with sight loss.
  • Align brands with our cause and actively participate in supporting our campaigns.

If you share our passion and commitment, we want to hear from you. Please email or call us on 020 8995 0880. To register your interest and get onboard, please complete our Corporate Partners Form.

What’s in it for you?

By partnering with us, we can help your organisation attract talent and support you in making your workplace accessible, allowing you to harness the value that blind and partially sighted employees bring.

As a corporate partner with Thomas Pocklington Trust, you gain access to a range of transformative opportunities.

  • We Offer
    • Inclusive employer short talks – Our experts are ready to deliver engaging sessions tailored to your needs. Topics covered include:
      • Onboarding: seamlessly integrate blind or partially sighted employees into your organisation with comprehensive guidance.
      • Disclosure advice: Support employees in overcoming concerns about potential barriers and future changes in their roles.
      • Access to work: Explore available practical support through the Access to Work scheme.
      • Reasonable adjustments: Learn how to make appropriate accommodations, encompassing physical adjustments, working patterns, and training, to empower blind or partially sighted individuals.


    • Get Set Progress internship: Our programme offers paid internships, providing blind and partially sighted jobseekers with the opportunity to kickstart their careers or re-enter the workforce after a break. 85% of interns who completed our programme have secured paid employment within six months, making it a powerful way to welcome fresh talent into your organisation.


    • We Work storytelling: Inspires your team by inviting individuals with lived experience of sight loss to share their stories. These sessions can be conducted in-person or online, fostering understanding within the workforce.


    • Vision Awareness sessions: Empower your employees with informative and customised sessions, including:
      • The importance of eyecare: Raise awareness about proactive eye health and wellbeing.
      • Communicating with people with sight loss: Enhance your team’s communication skills to ensure an inclusive environment.
      • Being a visual guide: Equip your employees to be reliable guides for blind or partially sighted individuals.
    • Accessibility Assessments – through our lived experience, our staff and volunteers can visit your premises and assess accessibility, providing hints and tips to ensure your buildings provide a welcoming environment to blind and partially sighted staff and visitors.
    • Mystery shopper –  Are your premises accessible for customers who are blind or partially sighted?  Do your employees know how to support people with sight loss?  Through our employees and volunteers with lived experience we can conduct a survey and report our findings, providing hints and tips on enhancing your accessibility.

What Could You Offer in Return

From volunteering as a sighted guide to hosting a coffee morning, signing petitions, or sharing posts on social media, there are numerous ways you can contribute and create positive change. The best part is, our opportunities are flexible, allowing you to seamlessly integrate them into your existing commitments.

  • Here's how to get involved

    Mentoring (Commitment: One hour a month for six months): Become a role model and offer support, advice, and guidance to our interns, students, and young people. Empower them to reach their potential and shape their future.

    Skill Share (Commitment: One to four hours, either online or in-person): Share your expertise by delivering short workshops to our interns, students, volunteers and employees at Thomas Pocklington Trust. Alternatively, you can host an event at your workplace, fostering knowledge exchange and growth.

    Pro-bono Projects (Commitment: Varies depending on the project): Leverage your unique skills and experience to contribute to meaningful projects that benefit blind and partially sighted individuals. Opportunities range from a few days to a couple of months.

    Sighted Guide (Commitment: Hours vary): Receive full training and become a sighted guide at our national conference in October, supporting delegates at the venue. Additionally, there are sighted guide opportunities at our regional events.

    Coffee Morning (Commitment: Two to three hours): Combat social isolation by hosting a coffee morning for blind and partially sighted individuals in your workplace.

    Lunch ‘n’ Learn (Commitment: 30 minutes to an hour): Share your hobbies and passions by hosting a social session at your workplace to foster a sense of community and understanding.

    Share a Campaign (Commitment: 10 minutes a month): Support blind and partially sighted individuals by signing our petitions or sharing our social media posts to help change attitudes and drive meaningful change.

    We welcome your creative ideas on how you can contribute and raise awareness for our cause. Please feel free to contact us below.

If you wish to benefit from a partnership with us, we want to hear from you. Please email, or call us on 020 8995 0880. To register your interest and get onboard, please complete our Corporate Partners Form.

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