Vision UK

Vision UK is the independent partnership organisation which works with organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector and beyond for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population including those at risk of sight loss.

Updated:
12 November 2018
Location:
National
Sectors:
Charity, Communication, Community organisations, Domiciliary Care, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Research Sector, Social Care, Voluntary Sector

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

• To provide a forum for dementia, learning disability and sight loss orientated professionals to share information, plans and ideas about campaigns and work.

• To act as an information exchange/focal point for all forthcoming events and activities across all member organisations.

• To develop and promote a better understanding of the issues facing people affected by dementia, learning disability and sight loss by presenting at events and seeking publications in relevant journals.

• To develop shared experience, knowledge, systems and resources which improve our organisations ability to provide information on dementia, learning disabilities and sight loss to enquirers.

• To support and influence initiatives around dementia, learning disabilities and sight loss, such as through joint working on product development.

The Committee’s focus is on issues relating to the concurrence of loss of vision and dementia/learning disabilities. This includes issues of visual perception that may be related to dementia/learning disabilities and issues related to eye conditions, such as cataracts.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The need to form a committee about dementia and sight loss was triggered by the growing realisation that, although large numbers of people with dementia also have problems with vision and visual perception, awareness of the particular difficulties faced by those affected by both conditions is very low. 

2. Actions

  • Design Council Sparks Programme

    VISION 2020 UK DaSLIC are in talks with the Design Council to develop a new or adapted product that can help people living with dementia and sight loss, and fast-track it to market. The committee aim to work with people affected by dementia and sight loss, and those who support them to develop ideas and find out what they feel would be most beneficial for them.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New member - Feb 2017

  • Dementia and Sight Loss event at the Wellcome Collection Hub

    Following on from the success of the dementia and sight loss day in Birmingham  and in conjunction with the UCL residency at the Hub at the Wellcome Collection, the committee is keen to develop another event on dementia and sight loss.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New member - Feb 2017

  • Continued awareness raising

    The VISION 2020 UK DaSLI Committee are keen to continue raising awareness about dementia and sight loss as concurrent conditions and to provide information to those who need it. The committee is keen to continue attending and presenting at a range of events and conferences. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    New member - Feb 2017