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What is Visionary?

Visionary is a membership organisation for local independent charities that support blind and partially sighted people across the UK.  These independent local charities provide practical on the ground services for local people with sight loss.

Bringing together a wealth of experience and expertise in the sector, Visionary acts as the collective voice for local organisations.

We encourage and support the development and improvement of local charities and their services for blind and partially sighted people in three main ways:

To Connect:

  • Bringing the network of local organisations together

  • Promoting joint working and the sharing and learning from best practices opportunities and challenges

  • Providing shared purchasing benefits for members using the collective scale of local organisations

To Influence:

  • Consulting Visionary members on issues that affect them and representing them on the national stage

  • Promoting our members diverse interests and lobbying for change

To Develop:

  • Offering direct support to Visionary members, providing advice, learning opportunities, guidance and funding to facilitate the development of new local organisations and services from existing local organisations

‘Together we are stronger’

Organisations cannot exist alone - there’s definitely strength in numbers.  By becoming a member of Visionary you will be able to draw on the collective experience of Visionary and its members to support you in developing your services and in how you develop your organisation which provides essential services to local people with sight loss.

We support independent local sight loss charities - the organisations that deliver vital services to visually impaired people at a local level. Read more about the work of local sight loss charities.


1991 - Our history began with the formation of The National Association of Local Societies for Visually Impaired People (NALSVI)

1995 - Charitable status followed. For 18 years NALSVI was run by a dedicated volunteer Executive Committee, supported by one part-time member of staff.

2009 - In order to move the organisation forward, the Executive Committee appointed NALSVI’s first Chief Executive, Angela Tinker. Recognising that the charity’s name was neither memorable nor easy to say Angela suggested a name change to Visionary – linking local sight loss charities and also recommended that the charity should incorporate.

2010 - The necessary Charity Commission and Companies House paperwork was finalised in April 2010 and Visionary – linking local sight loss charities was born!

2015 - Angela Tinker left Visionary and Alison Oliver joined as our new CEO

2016 - A new team of 10 inclusing Alison were formed. Meet the Team



Annual Report 2016

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the annual report 2016



Last updated 21.07.2016 LH

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