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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.

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Wales Eyecare Conference 2017 - diary marker

The Wales Eyecare Conference 2017 will be held during Eye Health Week, on Wednesday 20th September at the College of Optometry in Cardiff.

Further details, and booking arrangements will be published shortly.

Five Star Awards

Our Five Star Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, was a very successful evening with over 85 in attendance.

WCB and Wales Council for Deaf People awarded individuals and teams within the Health Service for exceptional services to people with sensory loss.

The next edition of Roundup will feature a full article about the ceremony and winners.

'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

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

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.

You can read Roundup here. Click here for the ECLO supplement, and here for the newsletter of Storm, our project for young adults.

Previous issues of Roundup are available to download at the Roundup page.

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

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