Visionary members and partners are amazing and we never hesitate to shout about it, which is why we love to recognise the wonderful work which takes place with our Annual Awards.
As ever, the Visionary Annual Awards celebrated the impactful services delivered across the Visionary network and the positive difference you make to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. The awards highlighted the achievements of local charities, share good practice, and shine a spotlight the talent, expertise and impact of the local sight loss sector.
We also recognised our wonderful partners with the National Partner award, which is always an opportunity to recognise national organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to make a difference to blind and partially sighted people locally.
Award winners were selected by a Visionary member and partner vote and announced at the Visionary Annual Conference on Friday 26 November 2021.
Sponsored by RNIB
For this award, we wanted to hear about Visionary members who have consistently shared their knowledge, time and expertise with us and the entire Visionary network. The award highlights the organisations and individuals who have been a Rainbow in the pandemic, through being open and generous; sharing knowledge, challenges, their staff and practical information and examples of what has worked for them.
The shortlisted organisations were:
- Kent Association for the Blind
- Living Well and Future Vision: Kirklees Visual Impairment Network, MySight Notts, Support4Sight, Sight Advice South Lakes, Sight Airedale, Sight Concern Worcester and Sutton Vision – Winners 2021
- Oxfordshire Association for the Blind
- Visionary Member and Consultative Group Representatives/Country and Regional Chairs
A huge thank you to colleagues at RNIB for sponsoring this award.
Sponsored by Guide Dogs UK
For this award we wanted to hear about how Visionary members had disrupted their usual service delivery model to create or develop a service or initiative that has benefited visually impaired people locally. This could include, but is not exclusively about where an organisation has developed its’ services in response to COVID-19.
The shortlisted nominations were:
- Beacon Vision
- Forest Sensory Services
- MySight Notts
- Visibility Scotland – Winners 2021
A huge thank you to colleagues at Guide Dogs UK for sponsoring this award.
For this award we wanted to hear about how Visionary members and partners have transformed services to connect with Blind and Partially Sighted People in new and innovative ways. This may be through working with others to implement an initiative or service that has strengthened or created new on the ground local provision for blind and partially sighted people.
The shortlisted nominees were:
- Blind Veterans UK – Joint Winner 2021
- Devon in Sight and MoorVision – Joint Winners 2021
- Forth Valley Sensory Centre
National Partner Award
For this award we wanted to hear about national organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to make a difference to blind and partially sighted people locally. It may be an example of a national or more locally focused campaign, project or initiative that has had a positive impact on the lives of blind and partially sighted people, facilitated additional support or has made a significant difference to a local organisation. This award is open to any organisations with a UK-wide remit that is a Visionary National Partner. National partners can nominate themselves, and nominations are also welcome from Visionary members wishing to highlight positive work by national organisations in their local areas.
The shortlisted organisations were:
- Braillists Foundation
- Macular Society – Winner 2021
- Retina UK