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About WCB.

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...]

Latest news.

Have your say on the Eye Care Support Pathway for Wales

WCB has been commissioned to ask the sight loss sector what they think the RNIB Eye Care Support Pathway should look like in Wales, and is asking for the views of service users, eye health professionals and organisations. There are three important service areas on this pathway: health services, social services, and charity (or Third Sector) services.

We have prepared three questionnaires:

Answers must be limited to services in Wales. Background information and contact points are included in the individual questionnaires.

Please complete the questionnaire by 29th February. If you would prefer to telephone us with your answers, you can speak to WCB staff on 029 2047 3954. You can also leave a message if you prefer.

APPG Inquiry on employer attitudes to and the employment of blind and partially sighted people

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Eye Health and VI is launching an inquiry on employer attitudes & the employment of blind & partially sighted people. The group is encouraging businesses, charities, DPOs & blind & partially sighted people to respond.

The inquiry is in response to research which revealed that 25% of employers who were surveyed said they would not be willing to make workplace adaptations and adjustments in order to employ a blind or partially sighted person, and a low level of awareness of the support available, such as the Access to Work scheme.

The APPG has issued a call for evidence. For more information, and to find out how to respond, click here. The closing date for responses is Friday 15th March.

Researching Unpaid Carers.

WCB is initiating research into the experiences of unpaid carers for people with vision impairments and of the people they support.

The purposes of the study are to discover what support is needed by unpaid carers supporting people with vision impairments and whether it is different from that of carers supporting people with other disabilities and conditions. We want also to find out how a carer aids the independence and wellbeing of the person they are supporting.

The researcher is Dr. Vanessa Webb, formerly Director of Wales Council of the Blind (WCB), who is now based in Swansea University. The research is supported by WCB and the Wales Rehabilitation Officers Forum is advising on the research design. When it is completed, it will inform a workshop about carers supporting people with vision impairments organised by WCB. It will also be the subject of reports to practitioners and policy makers.

We are looking for volunteers to agree to be interviewed. We would like to talk with both the v.i. person and the person who supports them. You might be partners, siblings or parent and adult son or daughter. Ideally we would like to interview people aged over 25 and under 75 who have used Wales-based services. The interviews will probably take about 45 minutes each. The interviews can be on-line, by phone or the researcher would come to your home area.

If we are lucky, there will be 20 pairs of volunteers coming forward whose experiences we can study and report back on. All identities and the contents of interviews will be confidential and will be anonymous in any report or presentation.

If you would like to know more about this and may be interested in taking part, you can contact WCB on 029 2047 3954 and they will send you an information sheet with further details.

Eye Care Support Pathway launched at Wales Eye Care Conference

RNIB's 'Eye Care Support Pathway' has been launched in Wales at the Wales Eyecare Conference. The UK-wide pathway aims to ensure that patients have timely access to information, advice and support throughout their eye care journey.

The Pathway, which was produced with contributions from across the sight loss sector, highlights people’s needs at four stages:

  • Having an initial appointment
  • Having a diagnosis confirmed
  • Support after a diagnosis
  • Living well with a condition.
You can find out more and read the full report on the RNIB website.