Trustee Vacancy

Have you ever wondered what you can do for Croydon Vision?

If you answered yes why not think about becoming a Trustee for Croydon Voluntary Association for the Blind

If you are interested Please collect a nomination form from the office


Nominations are required by 21st July 2017

Croydon Vision News July 2017

Not so much a goodbye as…

At the end of July I’m leaving Croydon Vision to take up a post with Thomas Pocklington Trust. Although I’m no longer to be employed by Croydon Vision, the new job will mean I’m still involved with the charity.

I’ll be working for the newly created, South West London Vision, whose aim is to support local sight loss charities across south and south-west London. I’ll be offering such assistance as advice on fundraising applications.

So, although I’m leaving, I hope to be visiting quite regularly and look forward to catching up with members, volunteers, staff and trustees on a regular basis.

I’ll be replaced by an Interim Service Manager, Bill Brittain, who joins us at the end of June until the autumn, when full recruitment will take place.  I’m sure you’ll give a warm welcome to Bill, who joins us from Barking and Dagenham council, where he was head of Intensive Support and who has a wealth of management experience.

I’d like to thank everyone at Croydon Vision, members, volunteers, staff and trustees for their support, advice and commitment to the charity during my time working here. It’s my firm belief that Croydon Vision has a bright future ahead. Continue reading “Croydon Vision News July 2017”

Advert for volunteer Newsletter Editor

Croydon Vision (the working name of Croydon Voluntary Association for the Blind Ltd) issues a monthly Newsletter which is distributed in print to some 400 members. An audio version is recorded for our Talking Magazine.

We are seeking a volunteer editor to compile and produce the master copy of the Newsletter each month. The main duties are selecting content, encouraging contributions from members, staff and volunteers, copy-editing, formatting and proof-reading the text. Copying and distribution are undertaken by a team, with strict adherence to the delivery schedule. We estimate the editor’s work would take about one day per month. It could be done mostly at home if the successful candidate has a suitable computer. We regret no remuneration or equipment can be offered.

A good style of writing, accuracy and close attention to detail are essential for this post, as are competence in using Microsoft Word, familiarity with desktop publishing, and proven ability to meet deadlines. Experience and empathy with the interests and accessibility needs of visually impaired people are highly desirable.

As Croydon Vision supports vulnerable people of all ages, a Disclosure and Barring certificate and references will be required from the successful candidate. There may be opportunities for involvement with the charity’s other services and activities if desired.

To apply for the post, email and request an application form. Applications must be received by 30 July 2017.

For further details, a sample Newsletter or a paper / large print application form, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator using the above email address, or telephone 020 8688 2486.

Croydon Vision News June 2017

Asking Around

I’d like to thank everybody who took put in our research for our Big Lottery application. Many members have now completed questionnaires and attended Focus Groups to relate their life experiences of sight loss and letting our researchers know what would improve their lives.

We have also been quizzing other Croydon residents who have recently lost sight. Questionnaires have been completed by patients at University Hospital Croydon and by clients of the Croydon Council Sensory Impairment Team who are undertaking Rehabilitation and Mobility training.

Together this research allows us to make a highly informed application to the Big Lottery which aims to bring solutions to the issues raised by people supporting the surveys.

The application is now in the final stages of preparation with budgets being finalised and final drafts of our submission. There is, as you might imagine, intense competition for Big Lottery awards from a range of excellent causes. By putting together an application based on the views of blind and partially sighted people in Croydon we will significantly raise our chances of success.

Continue reading “Croydon Vision News June 2017”

New!!! Group for Visually Impaired women New!!!

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new group at Croydon Vision aimed at blind and partially sighted women living in the South of London.
This will be a group that meets monthly, focused on:
• Meeting up with other women with sight loss
• Shared interests
• Lifestyle and experiences as a visually impaired woman
• Group support, fun, laughter and friendship
• Activities and events Continue reading “New!!! Group for Visually Impaired women New!!!”

Croydon Vision News May 2017

Questions, Questions, Questions

by Jeff Page, chief executive

We are used these days to being asked our opinion on a plethora of issues. Feedback on online purchases, what we think of council services, the stay at a bed and breakfast; the list seems limitless.

If, like me, you tend to avoid this type of questioning you’ll understand why I’m keen to thank all those currently helping us out with giving their opinions on sight loss services in Croydon.

It is important that we build a body of evidence to take to organizations that potentially fund our work. It is also vital that we plan our services and the direction that Croydon Vision takes on the basis of what local visually impaired people tell us. Continue reading “Croydon Vision News May 2017”

Croydon Vision News April 2017

A word of thanks

by Jeff Page, chief executive


There are many components that make up an effective charity; hard-working staff, dedicated volunteers and the money to do the job required being among the most important.

You don’t need me to tell you that Croydon Vision benefits from excellent staff and volunteers who are always prepared to go the extra distance for the benefit of members. Continue reading “Croydon Vision News April 2017”

Focus Group on Wednesday 5th April

Have Your Say!

The Croydon Vision Focus Group

We would like to inform you about a focus group session that will be taking place at Croydon Vision, on Wednesday 5th April at 2 PM, and should last around one and a half hours.

What is it?

This group session is an opportunity visually impaired people in Croydon to talk about their experience of sight loss, whether good or bad. It is an opportunity for you to voice your opinion on what is needed in your community, especially in the initial months after diagnosis. The group will be facilitated by Visionary staff member; Jen Eathorne, and overseen by Alex Pepper from Thomas Pocklington Trust.  All comments aired at the group will remain anonymous. Continue reading “Focus Group on Wednesday 5th April”


Mark Bright, the professional footballer and Crystal Palace star –  now a TV football pundit – has joined the campaign to warn Croydon residents, especially those of African, Caribbean heritage, of the dangers of the eye disease glaucoma which; undetected and untreated can make people blind.

Mark’s face fronts thousands of leaflets that will be distributed in the borough, warning people that with glaucoma there are no symptoms so an eye test is vital. Continue reading “MARK BRIGHT JOINS CAMPAIGN TO CUT NUMBERS OF CROYDON PEOPLE GOING BLIND”

Croydon Vision News March 2017

We win the

£1,000 !

 by Jeff Page, chief executive

The Heart of Croydon awards ceremony took place on February 21 at Chiquitos in Valley Park Leisure, Croydon.  The event, and the whole competition was organised by the Croydon Advertiser, and the awards were sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management.

There was a half-dozen strong contingent from Croydon Vision, staff and trustees, on the night.

And we were delighted to receive a cheque for £1,000 from Phil Huby, the head of retail at Aberdeen Asset Management.

The money will go towards the cost of our computer training lessons and equipment.

Continue reading “Croydon Vision News March 2017”