About Wales Council of the Blind
"I have found all my contacts with WCB over the years to be so useful and professional." - Rehabilitation Officer for VI.
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. WCB provides a platform vision impaired people to raise their concerns and wishes.
WCB's Articles of Association sets out a way of letting their members contribute to setting priorities and work streams. An important part of the new structure is the creation of Regional Steering Groups to inform WCB's work. The four new Regional Steering Groups will be established across Wales, covering North, West, South East and South Central.
Each group intends to offer a platform for local clubs, charities, statutory services and people with sight loss to get together and contribute to directing the work and resources of WCB. It's likely that priorities may vary from region to region, and we want that to be reflected in the work of WCB.
WCB's Board of Trustees will include four representatives - one nominated from each of the four regional steering groups - to bring the views of the regions to the table.
What does Wales Council of the Blind do?
- We work to assist the Welsh Government by participating in and facilitating consultation
- keep in touch with what is happening in every area in Wales and in the U.K.
- We highlight examples of good practice and distribute this to the eyecare sector through our SYLW newsletter, e-bulletins, quarterly 'Round-Up' Magazine, and our professional networks
- bring people together to exchange information and ideas
- identify gaps in provision
- encourage the development of new services where necessary
- support and assist other agencies to provide a good service
- represent v.i. within Wales and at an all-Wales level
- represent v.i. in Wales at a U.K. level
Latest WCB news.
Five Star Awards
Wales Council of the Blind and Wales Council for Deaf People have come together to recognise the healthcare workers and departments who are delivering excellent support and care for people with hearing loss and sight loss. The positive examples will enable us to highlight good practice and, in turn, encourage other practitioners to improve their own service delivery.
The awards will be presented at The Senedd, Cardiff Bay on 3rd May 2017 5.30pm - 7pm by Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care. Refreshments will be provided.
If you would like to attend the ceremony, please contact us. Bookings are essential. Email: email@example.com or Telephone: 02920 473954.
More information is at 5 Star Awards
'Your Voice, a Shared Vision' - South East Wales Regional Forum
There will be a meeting of WCB's South East Wales Regional Forum on Thursday 8th June at Newport Salvation Army, 1 Hill Street Newport NP20 1LZ from 11 am to 2 pm.
This is a free event, including lunch and refreshments, and travel expenses can be reimbursed if required. For this meeting, we are interested in hearing your views, experiences, solutions and ways forward on social care, direct payments and the Framework for Action on Independent Living.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Rebecca Phillips at WCB on 029 2047 3954 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your experience of Direct Payments wanted
In the next issue of WCB's magazine Roundup we will be looking at the system of Direct Payments, where local authorities pay individuals directly in order for them to purchase their own care.
We would like to hear about your experiences of claiming direct payments in Wales: was it straightforward, what problems did you encounter? Are you aware of the system and if you receive the payments, how have they helped you? Please send any comments and stories to us at WCB by 30th April.
Our Voice Our Storm website now online!
The website for WCB's project for young adults in Wales with sight loss has been launched, with information about the project, events and useful contacts.
You can access the site at www.stormwcb.org.uk.
Roundup 26 published
The latest Roundup has a feature on Community Voice projects and supplements on StormWCB and ECLOs. We also celebrate 30 years of the Macular Society and there's a new Five Star Award for good practice in the health sector in Wales. We're seeking nominations.
Previous issues of Roundup are available to download at the Roundup page.
Your Voice A Shared Vision south east Wales - meeting cancelled
The meeting of Wales Council of the Blind's 'Your Voice, a Shared Vision' group for south east Wales scheduled for Thursday 30th March has been cancelled.
A new date is being arranged and will be publicised when available.
WCB Perspectif launched
WCB's information portal, Perspectif, is now available. This first release is ready to use and to comment on. A guide to its use, for both individuals and organisations, shall be available shortly.
It's available at Perspectif portal. Please send all comments and suggestions for addition items to email@example.com.