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Wales Council of the Blind is the umbrella agency representing vision impairment within Wales. We work to campaign, lobby and support the improvement of services for people with sight loss. [Read more...]


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ROVI Vacancy in RCT

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC is looking to recruit a qualified Rehabilitation Officer for visually impaired people in Rhondda Cynon Taf (Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies Visual Impairment or recognised predecessor equivalent). The team covers the whole of RCT and utilises agile working.

The application details are at https://rhondda-cynon-taf.tal.net. The closing date for applications is Thursday 17th October.


Bus passes are changing - reapply by 31st December

Bus pass holders across Wales will need to apply for their new-style Concessionary Travel Card between now and December 2019, when current passes will expire.

Applications can be made via the Transport for Wales (TfW) website (although it has been experiencing some difficulties recently due to the level of demand). You can also download a paper copy from the site and submit it by post, and Transport for Wales is making sure that copies are available from local council sites, such as libraries and community hubs.

TfW has assured people that there is plenty of time to apply, and your current bus pass will continue to be accepted for travel until 31 December 2019. Online application forms take up to 15 working days to be processed and to arrive in the post. If anyone is worried about making an application, help and support is available from the Transport for Wales helpline 0300 303 4240, or other support agencies such as Age Cymru.

You can read Q and As on the Concessionary Bus Pass here.


State of the Nation reports on services to people with sight loss

The Wales Vision Forum has led on two state of the nation reports for people with sight loss in Wales.

Action 10 of the Prioritised Welsh Government Eye Care Plan Actions is to work with Regional Partnership Boards and Local Authorities to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Key to this is the provision of rehabilitation and habilitation services in every authority.

Local Authorities must consider how they provide good quality services for blind and partially sighted people. We would like the recommendations in these reports to be adopted as part of the AreaPlans to address shortcomings in service provision. Furthermore, good quality support for blind and partially sighted people will increase their employability, improve their financial independence and increase their contribution to the economy.

The reports are available from http://www.wcb-ccd.org.uk/downloads/state_of_the_nation_services_for_adults_with_sight_loss_in_wales.docx and http://www.wcb-ccd.org.uk/downloads/state_of_the_nation_services_for_children_and_young_people_with_sight_loss_in_wales.docx





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