​Jeff’s Secondment

Up to the end of March Jeff is acting as CEO for our neighbouring charity of Merton Vision and sharing his time between Croydon and Merton.

A huge gap has been left at Merton by the retirement of Fran Hibbert who left as Merton’s CEO in December. The secondment arrangement has been overseen by the national charity Thomas Pocklington Trust and will be a beneficial one for Croydon Vision.


Croydon Vision News February 2017

I’m getting ready

for my big run


by Jeff Page, chief executive


Continuing from my commitment last month to take on the Great South Run as a fund-raiser for Croydon Vision, a training programme has begun in earnest.  Running shoes have been unearthed from the cupboard under the stairs, and years of dust blown off.

The A36 is the main road from Southampton to Bath and it passes through Salisbury at the end of my garden, at the top of a steep bank.

It is handy in that our stretch of the route is almost totally flat  –  excellent terrain for the novice or returning runner.

The stretch from the house to the edge of the Wilton Estate park wall is 1.3 miles, according to Fitbit.  My running partner is my 11 year old daughter Martha, who will fit in this training as part of her busy sporting timetable of gymnastics, circuit training and kick-boxing.

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Croydon Vision News January 2017

I’m running for

Croydon Vision


by Jeff Page, chief executive
Sight loss charities seem to have embraced a spirit of co-operation in recent years which is heartening to witness.  I recently attended the London Visual Impairment Forum at which this refreshing trend was to the fore.

I’m sure the odd dispute still occurs between charities but the focus of the meeting, held in the RNIB’s headquarters in Judd Street, near Euston Station, was of putting efficient delivery of services to people with sight loss first. Continue reading “Croydon Vision News January 2017”

Croydon Vision News December 2016

Big plans to work

with children


by Jeff Page, chief executive

I’d like to start this month by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Again another year has rushed past us and with the holiday breaking our usual routines, we get time to reflect on the year past and consider what’s ahead.

It’s been an exciting year for me, having started working at Croydon Vision in February.  I’ve been lucky to find myself among a group of dedicated staff, volunteers and trustees.

It has been a pleasure to meet members and listen to their ideas and suggestions.  I’ve had a very positive experience joining the charity and I consider it my job to enable us to support, inform and entertain more of Croydon’s population of blind and partially sighted people.

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Croydon Advertiser Heart of the Community Awards 

Croydon Vision is delighted to announce it has been been placed to receive an award at this year’s Croydon Advertiser, Heart of the Community awards. We don’t yet know the award we are to receive but all we be revealed in January at the Awards Ceremony at Valley Retail & Leisure Park.


Chief Executive Jeff Page said “It is fantastic news that our work in Croydon has been recognised and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us. ”

Croydon Vision News November 2016

New format to

replace the CD

 by Jeff Page, chief executive

Exciting times at Croydon Vision as we received deliveries of our new memory stick players, recorders and memory sticks.  The project was funded by Croydon Rotary Club, and we are very grateful to their members for their efforts.

The new format will replace the CDs, and will be introduced with training in their use to allow for a smooth transition.

Players will be provided free of charge to those members who need them.  Supplied by the RNIB, they are easy to use, and give good sound quality.

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Calling all Carers

Does someone provide you with any unpaid support? Perhaps you provide unpaid support for somebody else? If so, the Council would value some input. They would be grateful if you could take their survey using the link below.  Understanding your views will help the Council to update Croydon’s Carers’ Strategy, assisting them to shape services and priorities in the borough for the next 5 years.


Croydon Vision News October 2016

We’re bidding for

‘Best Example’

by chief executive Jeff Page

Visionary is the organisation that brings together local sight loss charities across the country. It does an essential job of sharing and publicising good practice in organisations similar to Croydon Vision.

It allows all of the smaller charities to share different ways of working and keeps us up to date with innovations.

I’ve recently been completing an entry form for their annual awards, the results of which are announced at the Visionary conference this month.

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Croydon Vision News September 2016

Facebook can be a good thing

by chief executive Jeff Page

SOCIAL MEDIA often receives a bad press with regular reports in the press concerning online bullying and the addictive nature of the medium.

Facebook, Twitter etc can make people feel competitive about who has the best life, and we are tempted to promote an idealised version of ourselves to the world.

There is a positive side, however, including the ability to stay in touch easily with friends and family which can bring about a feeling of closeness to people living far away.  The ability to directly contact all your Facebook Friends in one go can be incredibly useful. Continue reading “Croydon Vision News September 2016”