Campaigning news

On this page you will find the latest RNIB campaigning news by topic or region. Keep up to date with the latest issues by subscribing to our campaign update enewsletter.

On my street

  • Campaigners in Norwich

    Scrutinising the accessibility of Norwich City Centre

    We've been working with RNIB Connect Volunteers and partners in Norfolk to highlight the challenges of accessing Norwich City Centre since the implementation of a scheme that removed many of the controlled crossings in the area.

  • Oxford Road Manchester

    Take part in our Oxford Road user survey

    We are working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council to ensure that blind and partially sighted people can travel down Oxford Road using their chosen method of transport, safely, easily, and as independently as they wish to.

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Retail and Leisure

  • Making gyms accessible for all

    We've got some great news as part of our Access to Gyms campaign, soon all personal trainers and fitness staff will have to learn about supporting people with sight loss to get fit as part of their roles.

  • Start 2017 right with free personal training

    Claire Lawrence, our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, and campaigns volunteer Dan Powell, are looking for blind and partially sighted people who would be interested in free sessions with a personal trainer.

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Accessible information

  • AD video on demand

    Audio description on Catch-up TV becomes law

    The Digital Economy Act 2017 has come into law. The Act requires audio description, subtitles and sign language on video on demand services.

  • Accessible Information Standard

    Regulator to enforce accessible health information

    We’ve got some fantastic news, the body that inspects the quality of care delivered by all NHS services, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has announced that it will be inspecting services on compliance with the NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard.

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Transport campaigning

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Education campaigning

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Employment campaigns

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Protecting welfare support

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Eye health campaigning

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Sight loss advisers

  • Tracey Wilson with Ben Bradshaw

    Exeter MP visits vital sight loss adviser service

    Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, met the sight loss adviser at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 6 April, to learn about her vital role for people experiencing sight loss.

  • MP visits Torbay's sight loss adviser

    Torbay MP, Kevin Foster, visited the sight loss adviser at Torbay Hospital on 12 February to learn more about the vital role of a sight loss adviser.

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Social care

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Envision network

  • Young campaigners attend party conferences

    This September and October, we took members of our young campaigners network, Envision to meet government ministers, MPs, shadow ministers and others, at the Labour and Conservative Party conferences.

  • Young campaigners visit Parliament

    Last month, members of Envision had a rare opportunity to visit Parliament. The event followed on from a day’s training on campaign skills, the role of Parliament and influencing MPs. Members also worked together to further develop their employment campaign.

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Other campaigning

  • Oh what a year

    2016-17 was certainly an eventful year and we're pleased to be able to share some of our fantastic campaign wins. Read the full round up

  • We’ve got something exciting to tell you

    Earlier this year, we launched RNIB Connect, a growing community of blind and partially sighted people, their friends, family, carers and supporters of issues facing people with sight loss.

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East of england

Campaigning news from the East of England 

  • Campaigners in Norwich

    Scrutinising the accessibility of Norwich City Centre

    We've been working with RNIB Connect Volunteers and partners in Norfolk to highlight the challenges of accessing Norwich City Centre since the implementation of a scheme that removed many of the controlled crossings in the area.

  • Michael joins the team in East of England

    We’re delighted to announce that Michael Wordingham has joined the campaigns team as Regional Assistant Campaigns Officer for the East of England.

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

  • Start 2017 right with free personal training

    Claire Lawrence, our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, and campaigns volunteer Dan Powell, are looking for blind and partially sighted people who would be interested in free sessions with a personal trainer.

  • PureGym access

    Our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands is currently working with PureGym on an access to gyms campaign for blind and partially sighted people.

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London

Campaigning news from London

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

  • Image shows advertising boards lining high street.

    A-Board Victory for the Northumberland Low Vision Action Group

    Northumberland County Council has made the decision to change its advertising board policy, following years of campaigning from the Northumberland Low Action Vision Group.

  • Shared space success in Stobhill

    A local group of blind and partially sighted campaigners in Stobhill – including volunteer campaigners Bob Potter, and Joyce and John Anderson – have had a fantastic success in their fight against a new shared space scheme.

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Oxford Road Manchester

    Take part in our Oxford Road user survey

    We are working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council to ensure that blind and partially sighted people can travel down Oxford Road using their chosen method of transport, safely, easily, and as independently as they wish to.

  • Image shows white cane user on street

    Oldham council to adopt street charter

    We're delighted that Oldham Council will be adopting a street charter for blind and partially sighted people.

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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

  • Good things come to those who won’t wait

    Last year, Volunteer Campaign Coordinator Julia Kirkham alerted us to the long wait that blind and partially sighted people were facing for vision rehabilitation services in West Sussex.

  • MP discovers dangers of street clutter

    MP Tim Loughton has walked blindfolded through Worthing town centre as part of a campaign to make the area safer for blind and partially sighted people.

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

  • Image shows members of the Social Eyes group at table in discussion.

    Promoting RNIB Campaigns in Dorset

    Steve Hyde, Regional Assistant Campaigns Officer for the South West, and Connect Community Facilitator Sophie Fox payed a visit to the Dorset Blind Association on 2 March, where would-be campaigners were given the chance to find out more about RNIBs work.

  • Volunteer Steve takes the reins in South West

    We’re thrilled that Volunteer Campaign Coordinator Steve Hyde has now joined the campaigns team as Regional Assistant Campaigns Officer for the South West.

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West midlands

Campaigning news from the West midlands 

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Yorkshire and humber

Campaigning news from Yorkshire and Humber

  • Barnsley keen to be streets ahead

    Maqsood Sheikh, our Regional Campaigns Officer for Yorkshire and Humber, has met with Councillor Roy Miller at Barnsley Council to ask for his support to develop a street charter for Barnsley.

  • Photo of person walking with long cane

    Challenging vision rehabilitation services in North East Lincolnshire

    We met with North East Lincolnshire Council to discuss vision rehabilitation support as part of our see, plan and provide campaign. Find out what happened, and how you can support the campaign.

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Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • “Book famine” treaty coming into force

    On 30 June 2016, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty should allow for thousands more accessible books to be available to blind and partially sighted people, both in the UK and elsewhere. Canada’s ratification on 30 June therefore means the Marrakech Treaty will come into force on 30 September 2016.

  • New EU law to make websites and apps more accessible

    We thrilled to announce that on 3 May, Members of the European Parliament reached a ground-breaking political deal with governments across Europe to ensure that all public sector websites and apps are made accessible.

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