Eye Health and Sight Loss Sector

The Eye Health and Sight Loss sector comprises organisations of all shapes and sizes who support blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of losing their sight in a range of different ways. Thomas Pocklington Trust works in partnership with many of these organisations at a local, regional and national level.

For more information about organisations in the Sight Loss Sector, please visit the Sightline Directory www.rnib.org/sightline-directory

Image shows Visionary's national partner logo 2023 - 2024. It says 'Visionary Supporting sight loss organisations National Partner 2023 - 2024 with visionary's logo at the top which the right hand side in green interlocks with the pink, left hand side forming the outline of an eye.


Thomas Pocklington Trust also funds Visionary, the umbrella body for local sight loss organisations operating across the UK. For more information, please visit Visionary www.visionary.org


Along with RNIB, Thomas Pocklington Trust also supports the secretariat function for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Sight Loss, chaired by Marsha De Cordova MP. For more information contact@eyehealthappg.org.uk or visit www.eyehealthappg.org.uk


Vision Partnership

The Vision Partnership is a collaboration of eight prominent organisations within the eye health and sight loss sector. The founding partners include Blind Veterans UK, Glaucoma UK, Guide Dogs, Macular Society, Retina UK, RNIB, Thomas Pocklington Trust, and Visionary.

The partnership came together during the Covid crisis to join up support to blind and partially sighted people affected by the pandemic.


  • Workstreams

    Key achievements from last year include:

    • The launch of the Eye Care Support Pathway ensuring those diagnosed with sight loss or other related eye health conditions can access information and support throughout their journey. A Children’s and Young People (CYP) Eye Care Support Pathway for England has also been developed.
    • A post clinical support for people with sight loss (habilitation and rehabilitation) workstream to commission research into improvements in post-clinical support and implement change.
    • Establishment of the VI Insight Hub an accessible, up-to-date, and authoritative source of evidence, insights and facts relating to people living with, or at risk of, sight loss.
    • Developed mental health support for children living with a visual impairment in Northern Ireland and advanced the knowledge of healthcare professionals on the emotional impact of sight loss to improve support for those affected.
    • Held the first ever Lived Experience Leadership Conference in the sight loss sector and the first step in building a network of support across partnership members.
    • Further expansion of the Get Set Progress Internship Programme saw another 23 Interns with sight loss gain valuable work experience with a range of employers and delivered joint work to reduce delays in Access to Work.
    • The development of a sector-wide Tech Selector tool to meet a customer need by providing a digital repository of technology and digital application information to help people with sight loss and those working with them to identify potential technology solutions.
    • Responded to the cost-of-living crisis by coming together as ‘One Voice’ to achieve greater influence and policy change ensuring the experiences of blind and partially sighted people were acted upon and people knew about their entitlements and sources of support.
    • Came together to successfully fight the proposed closure of ticket offices which would have had a negative impact on rail users.

Cathy Low, Director of Partnerships at TPT said: “We are so proud of our continuing involvement in sector collaboration through the Vision Partnership, and particularly the progress made together on campaigning and lived experience leadership. Our way of working certainly demonstrates that the whole is greater than the sum of our parts.”

For further information regarding the Vision Partnership, please contact Martin Symcox at: martin.symcox@pocklington.org.uk

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