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'Equal Power, Equal Voice' public life mentoring programme invites applications

'Equal Power Equal Voice' is a mentoring programme, funded by the Welsh Government and the National Lottery Community Fund, which aims to see more disabled people, and those from other under-represented groups, in decision making positions in Wales including public boards, health boards, elected positions in local government and UK or Welsh Parliament, charity trustees, school governors, and as community activists. Applications are invited for the first round of the programme.

This phase of the programme will involve mentoring, training and peer to peer support. The scheme is being run by a group of charities representing these groups, including Disability Wales. To find out more about the scheme and make an application, click here.

Before the closing date for applications (26th September), a series of online sessions are being held, giving the opportunity to find out more about the scheme, and what it involves. These will be on 14th 18th and 22nd September, and places can be booked here.

Useful resources for new students

The new academic year starts soon, so here is a reminder of some of the useful resources for new students with a vision impairment.

LOOK's Student's Handbook is a survival guide for anyone who is vision impaired and heading off to University (or some form of Higher Education) this autumn. It has advice on a wide range of topics including identifying your support needs, the Disabled Students' Allowance, technology and orientation. It also includes a recommended timetable for those intending to apply to University in the future, and details of LOOK's mentoring scheme. You can find out more and read the Student's Handbook here.

The Thomas Pocklington Trust's 'Life in Higher Education' has advice on studying, support, health and wellbeing, and student housing. You can read it here.

VICTA has a Student Helpline, which can provide support and advice on a wide range of issues facing vision impaired students. It is open on Thursday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm, and the number to call is 01908 240831. You can also get help by sending an email to For more information, visit VICTA's website.

For a more personal view, the 'Life of a Blind Girl' blog has tips and advice from Holly, a recent graduate with sight loss.

Wales Council of the Blind's RESET pages also have some useful information about education and vision impairment.

Sight Village Exhibition visits Cardiff on 12th October

The Sight Village Exhibition will visit Wales for the first time when it is held in Cardiff on Tuesday 12th October, and Wales Council for the Blind will be among the exhibitors.

This free exhibition is an opportunity to find out about latest technology, products and support services available to people who are blind or partially sighted and exhibitors include charities, commercial companies and voluntary organisations from across the UK, Europe and the world.

The one day event will take place at All Nations Centre, Cardiff, CF14 3NY on 12th October from 10 am until 4 pm. Pre-registration is required. You can find a list of exhibitors, directions to the venue, and pre-register on the Sight Village website.

Wales Council of the Blind registration details:

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