RNIB is committed to collaboration and partnership. We recognise that we can’t do everything on our own and firmly believe that ‘Together we are stronger’.
Working for mutual benefit with partners that share our commitment to blind and partially sighted people is fundamental if we are to deliver on our own strategic priorities;
RNIB is keen to build relationships with like-minded individuals, groups, and organisations inside and outside the third sector.
We believe that working together we can have greater impact by;
Please see below some examples of work we are already doing with others:
Through our new partnership with Alzheimer's Society, we have committed to develop, update and brand the sight loss content of their Stepping Inside Dementia training programmes. Through working together we aim to reach thousands of professionals, organisations, families and Carers supporting people living with dementia and sight loss in England in the coming years.
We have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Guide Dogs for the Blind. The MOU is underpinned by a number of innovative projects & initiatives designed to raise awareness of the services of both organisations and improve the overall experience of blind and partially sighted people receiving our support.
RNIB and The Samaritans are working together to ensure blind & partially sighted people with identified needs; receive timely emotional support from the Samaritans national call service. This project is being piloted by the RNIB Eye Clinic Liaison Officer service in the North of England with a view to being rolled out nationally in 2017.
We have developed a partnership agreement with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) National Partnerships team. The Agreement enables us to consistently transfer knowledge, expertise, and skills across both organisations in the pursuit of the best outcomes for blind and partially sighted people. Our partnership allows us to develop our understanding of the DWP decision making process relating to welfare benefit awards and provide timely support to blind and partially sighted people wishing to challenge DWP decisions, particularly where the complexity of a case requires legal rights input.
As part of the agreement we are also able to refer people directly into the DWP home visiting service across England & Wales for support with the completion of welfare benefit applications.
We have a national partnership agreement with Sky Blue/Carillion through which we have created work placement opportunities for 10 blind and partially sighted people in England and Scotland over the past two years. Of those 10 people four have gone on to secure paid employment with Sky Blue. We received a Recruitment Industry Diversity Award in 2015 in the 'Innovative Partnerships' category, as well as generating a case study to support the DWP Disability Confident campaign.
Through our national partnership with Blind Vetrans UK we enable ex services personnel, their families and carers to make the most of the support available to them from both organisations. By working together in this way and referring across both organisations we are able to ensure our customer’s needs are met. Consistent assessment and referral pathways are the foundation upon which this collaboration is built.
If you share our ambition to make every day better for blind and partially sighted people and believe that collaborating with RNIB can help you to achieve your strategic goals, we would welcome the opportunity to explore options for working together to ensure people with sight loss can face the future with confidence.
If you are interested in partnering with us or would like to find out more, please contact us:
Tel: 07940 718 597
Director of Partnership
Tel: 020 7635 4846
Mob: 07834 258 110
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