Sight Life is to leave the RNIB Group and become an independent local sight loss charity.
The decision was made by the Trustees of Sight Life after much consideration, including the views of service users, and conversations with the RNIB’s Trustees and the Executive Leadership team. We concluded that becoming an independent charity once again – as we were until 2009 – is in the best interests of blind and partially sighted people across South Wales.
In agreement with the RNIB, we expect to complete the de-merger at the end of March 2022. Until then, we remain part of the RNIB Group. Afterwards we will continue to work with the RNIB just as other local charities for the blind and partially sighted do. This was a mutually agreed decision with the RNIB who have been very supportive throughout the process.
Although there is much work to be done to complete the de-merger, this will not impact on service delivery to Sight Life customers and we are confident that moving forward we can grow our services to provide even more help and support to blind and partially sighted people across South Wales.
Interim Director of Operations
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our friends at the South Wales Talking Magazine Association are closing down their services after 50 years of operation. They have been with us, as a separate independent charity, from the very early days in 1972 when our Council granted them accommodation in our building in Shand House, Fitzalan Place, Cardiff. Their association with us continued when we made the move to Jones Court.
Sight Life was delighted to be awarded a certificate as a Census Champion for its work with Sharon Jones, the Census Engagement Manager for Swansea. Sharon spoke to each of the Swansea groups to explain to them what the census was about, how they could interact with it, the formats they could use to do this, and how to request support so that they could take part in the census equally and fairly. Members were able to ask questions and express their concerns in doing the census.
The feedback from members was that following this engagement with the process, by having support from the support line and by requesting the formats they wanted, they felt they were able to fully participate in the census process. The only format that was not provided was braille. This omission has been reported back to Sharon who is taking this up with relevant colleagues.