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Conference 2015 co-hosted by Visionary and VISION 2020 UK - ‘Leading for Change - Delivering the Future Together’

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Firstly, thank you very much if you attended the conference - sessions were participated in very actively.
As a membership organisation your views really do count and help us to shape the future.

The theme of the conference was "Leadership for Change and delivering the future together". We are keen to hear whether we delivered on this theme and what we can do to build on it and ensure that next year is even better.

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Award Winners

You can see a list of the award winners and their official Visionary photography here: 

Award Winners 2015


Full update on Visionary Conference 2015

We will be sending out a Visionary Briefing Special Edition Newsletter with information from the Visionary Conference 2015. 


About the conference

The Visionary Conference 2015 was held on 20-21 October 2015 at Pollock Halls in Edinburgh for a third year.

This year’s theme was ‘Leading for Change - Delivering the Future Together’ which was reflected throughout the 16 workshops on offer to delegates over the two-day programme.  The workshops covered a range of topics including children, fundraising, rehabilitation and research.

The conference is designed to provide networking and learning opportunities for local societies, national charities and other professions. We hope all delegates can share and take away learnings from the two days to improve the quality of service provided to people with sight loss across the UK.

This is the sixth annual Visionary Conference and this year has been designed to provide more benefits to delegates, including extended information sharing and some new highlights.



Please find the programme for this year’s conference below:

This year's conference programme


Workshops that were available to Delegates across conference days

Workshops Programme available here: Workshop Programme 2015 Download

1. Working Together for a Better Future: Keith Valentine - Thomas Pocklington Trust,  Sharon Billingham - Birmingham Vision and Arwyn Jones - Beacon Vision

2. Making the Commissioning Process Work for You: Susan Hoath - Sight Concern Bedfordshire

3. Visionary & VISION 2020 UK Member Services – how can we help you?: Alison Oliver – Visionary and Mercy Jeyasingham – VISION 2020 UK

4. Connecting people, improving lives - a new community of blind and partially sighted people: Niall McMurty and David Aldwinckle – RNIB

5. Fundraising: Laura Hughes –Moorvision and Hilary Lombard - Sight for Surrey.

6. Putting Children in the Picture – Future Vision: Laura Hughes - Moorvision and Lisa Petrie - Blind Children UK

7. Ways of Engaging with the New Funding Sector; what everyone needs to know: Melanie Mills - Big Society Capital, Alistair Johnstone - Social Investment Scotland and Arwyn Jones – Beacon Vision

8. Campaigning for the Future - generating your own events: PLMR

9. Working together to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people who are wheelchair users: Lee Stanway - Guide Dogs

10. Measuring Success: Emma Cruickshank - My sight Nottingham, Anne Streather - Camsight and Paul Bott –Vistablind, Rowan Boase  - NCVO Charities Evaluation Services (CES) and Catherine Dennison - Thomas Pocklington Trust

11. Making the Most of Research: My Voice Survey and Local Statistics: John Slade and Rose Edwards – RNIB

12. Delivery of Services at the Local Level – innovation in collaborative service development: Arwyn Jones - Beacon Vision, Neil Berry – Locality and Tara Case - Ways to Wellness

13. VISION 2020 UK Rehabilitation & Low Vision: Care Act (England only): Tara Chattaway – RNIB

14. Encouraging Good Practice in Vision Rehabilitation in Changing Times: Catherine Dennison - Thomas Pocklington Trust, Joshua Feehan – RNIB and Simmone Miller: RNIB

15. CEO Forum - Leadership and Change: Alison Oliver – Visionary and Mercy Jeyasingham – VISION 2020 UK

16. Visual Impairment Awareness Training (VIAT) Distance Learning – On-Line: Mike Bailey - Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre

17. Volunteering within eye clinics – how to provide effective support for patients attending eye clinics in the UK: Emma Hughes and Michelle Baxter Wickham - Thomas Pocklington Trust and Clare Park - South Lakes

18. Making the Most of Charity Challenges (Inspirational Fundraising): Chad Anderson - Charity Challenge



Torch Trust
ECL Plastics
Scottish War Blind
Seeing Sense
Wilberforce Trust
Goodlands Lighting
Macular Society
Blind Veterans UK
Just Giving
Guide Dogs
Blind Children
Guide Dogs tactile
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Member Socieities plus VIAT
UK Vision Strategy


Conference Partnership

The Visionary team are working in partnership with VISION 2020 UK to bring you this year's Conference.

See here for the Conference Partnership Press Release


Venue for 2016

Visionary is disappointed that it has been unable to secure a suitable venue for the 2015 conference in the South.  However, the 2016 Visionary Conference will definitely be held in the south.  We have selected a preferred venue on the south coast, but are still negotiating the best possible price for members.  The 2016 venue and dates will be announced as soon as possible, it is likely to be early November.

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