The launch of our young people's campaign network for blind or partially sighted 18-30 year olds was held between 23 and 24 October in partnership with Haggeye, a similar group set up by RNIB Scotland.
The young campaigners first met in June to discuss developing a campaigning network for young people, led by young people.
During last month's event, 12 young people from England were selected to spend a fantastic first day in Parliament. The young campaigners went on a tactile tour of Parliament, watched Prime Minister's questions from the public gallery, met with their MPs and received Parliamentary training. They even met with MPs researchers and BBC chief political correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue as well as having tea in the House of Lords dining room with Viscount Craigavon!
Eleven more campaigners joined the campaigns workshop on the second day at our head office. Young campaigners thought up and voted for the network's name and first campaign, met with key RNIB staff and spoke with Haggeye about the formation of their network. The network name was announced as 'Envision' - English Network of Visually Impaired Spokespeople for the Improvement of Obstacles Nationwide. As was the first campaign which will focus on retail and leisure issues, with employment and education making a close second and third.
The event went really well and all of the attendees were extremely enthusiastic. We're really looking forward to the development of such an exciting network. The network will continue to meet via teleconferences, Facebook and regional meetings with an event planned for next year.
Our campaigns cam captured what some of our young campaigners thought at the June and October events.
Our young campaigners also spoke to Insight Radio about Envision and why it is important for young blind and partially sighted people to stand up for their rights.
Are you aged between 18-30 and blind or partially sighted? Would you like to get involved in the network? If so, please contact Libby Rhodes on 0207 391 2310 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.