Sight Life to become an independent charity
Sight Life is to leave the RNIB Group and become independent
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. Feedback from our members and volunteers has emphasised how important our services are, particularly our range of social activities and it is essential that these continue.
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. Our staff, volunteers and service users have been informed of the decision and I am now communicating the news more widely.
Michelle Jones, Interim Director of Operations at Sight Life says, “I am confident that moving forward we can continue to grow our services and provide the practical help, advice and support to enable our service users to live independent, fulfilled lives in their local communities.”
About Sight Life
Sight Life provides local services and lifelong support, so that blind and partially sighted people in South Wales can enjoy an independent, active, social and fulfilling life. We were called Cardiff Institute for the Blind until October 2019 and have kept that as our registered charity and company name for the time being to make the transition easier from an administrative perspective and so that people can still find our details if they don’t know we have changed names. We are part of RNIB and work closely with them to ensure people can quickly access national as well as local services.