Sight Loss Sector Charter launches at the Visionary Annual Conference 2020

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A new Sight Loss Sector Charter has been launched at the Visionary Annual Conference on 19 November 2020.

Visionary have taken the lead on bringing local and national sight loss charities together to develop a unique Sight Loss Sector Charter which outlines how we can work together and how we should behave towards each other.


Some members of the Visionary Members Consultative Group (Robert Cooper, Director of Community Services at Henshaws and Hayley Grocock, CEO of Wakefield District Sight Aid along with Fiona Sandford, CEO of Visionary) developed a Sight Loss Sector Charter which then went out for consultation to the Visionary membership of local and national sight loss organisations.


The charter puts blind and partially sighted people at the heart of the work of charities in the sight loss sector. It also nurtures a stronger sight loss sector by highlighting the importance of collaboration and the building of positive relationships based on mutual trust and respect.

Fiona Sandford, CEO of Visionary said, “Sight loss charities may have their own documents about ways of working and behaviours, but the Sight Loss Sector Charter complements these as its purpose is to build a more collaborative sector. I hope organisations will adopt the charter and use it at the core of their work and in their inductions of staff, trustees and volunteers to show that when people join an organisation, they are part of something bigger – they are part of the sight loss sector.”

Call for action

The Sight Loss Sector Charter is a practical document which local and national sight loss charities can incorporate into their daily work and when collaborating with each other. The call to action for the charter is to “Find it – Read it – Use it”! Email us at and tell us how you are using the charter.

Sight Loss Sector Charter



For enquiries, contact Sarah Halliwell, Strategic Projects Lead / 07811 413481

Notes to editors

Visionary is a membership organisation for local sight loss charities. Our Vision is for a world in which people living with sight loss can access the services they need at a local level where and when they need them. Our Mission is to develop a strong national network of good quality local sight loss organisations, covering all parts of the UK, to help achieve this.

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