Croydon Vision Nesw September 2017

Reflections on my first two months at Croydon Vision

I have been genuinely impressed by much of what I have found at Croydon Vision.  I have been particularly struck by the number of volunteers and the contribution that they make – it is truly impressive.

The various well-loved, centre – based services, such as the activities groups and the lunch club, are clearly at the heart of what Croydon Vision does, and offer an invaluable source of recreation and support to the members who use them.

Newer initiatives such as the Information, young people and working age projects have started to reach out to more of the 9000 visually impaired people living in the borough.

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Croydon Vision Stamp Appeal – please give us your used stamps

We are collecting used stamps to raise money for Croydon Vision.  For each kilo of stamps we collect we are paid £20 by a stamp dealer.  The stamps must be cut out with 0.5 cm of the envelope remaining all  of the way around them.  If you would prefer us to cut the stamps out just send us the envelope and we will do this for you and then shred to remaining part of the envelope to keep your address confidential.

Croydon Vision News August 2017

Farewell to Jeff Page at CVAB as he moves to pastures new.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jeff Page for the work he has done for Croydon Vision over the last 18 months as our CEO. Jeff has spent many hours in his office complying with one of the terms of his contract – to improve the finances of CVAB, as follows:

  1. Application to Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund submitted in May (and now at stage 2) for circa £280,000.
  2. Approximately 50 applications for funding for the IT project to be sent by July 2017. So far £7,000 raised and around 30 applications awaiting decision.
  3. As a result of negotiations with Croydon Council Commissioners our grants are to increase by £20,000 over the next two years.
  4. Work done with Thomas Pocklington generated £11,000 in income from his secondment with the potential for staffing resources in the region of £80,000 over the next two years.

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Vacancy – Finance Officer/Bookkeeper

Salary £5,409

Hours 7 per week

We are seeking to recruit a Finance Officer /Bookkeeper to work for us one day each week.

In this role you will need to maintain financial records and ensure that income is collected and bills are paid. You will also need to prepare accounts and generally deal with our financial affairs. We are a small team, so you would need to work collaboratively and provide general administrative cover, if required.  You will also have direct contact with our members and visitors.

Croydon Vision is a vibrant local charity working to improve the lives of the 9000 visually impaired residents of the borough.  If you have the skills and experience that we needs and would like to support the work that we do, we would very much like to hear from you.

To request a job pack or get further information please contact Karen Leathwood on 020 8688 2486 or
Closing date for applications 31st August 2017.

Administration and Reception Manager

Administration and Reception Manager
Salary £9,995

Hours 14

We are seeking to recruit an Administrator/Receptionist.  In this role you will deal with a wide range of people both in person and on the telephone.  You will also undertake general administrative duties and outreach work to promote services to the 9000 visually impaired residents of the borough.  

The post forms part of a job share with a colleague and the successful applicant will need to work effectively as part of a team.   They will also need strong planning and administrative skills and an understanding of the issues facing blind and partially sighted people.

Croydon Vision is a friendly, thriving organisation eager to grow and develop.  If the role interests you and you have the skills we need we would really like to hear from you.

For a job pack or further information please contact Bill Brittain (Service Manager) on 020 8681 7525 or email

Closing date for completed applications 31st August 2017.

IT Coordinator

Salary £17,450

Hours 21 per week

We are seeking to recruit an IT Coordinator to run and further develop our Connect Me computer project.  The post holder will also provide general IT support to Croydon Vision and take responsibility for the production of the weekly Talking Newspaper.

You will need to have an in depth knowledge of current computer applications (internet, email, social media etc.) and experience of training visually impaired people in the use of specialist access software. You will also need to demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing visually impaired people and a commitment to helping local people with sight loss to be as independent as they want to be.

For a Job Description and application form, or to get more information, please contact Bill Brittain (Service Manager) on 020 8688 2486 or

Closing date for applications 7th August 2017

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.

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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 September 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.

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