2016 has been an year of challenges mixed with successes. One positive is that it saw the birth of RNIB Connect - a community initiative that heralded a move to build a stronger, wider network of blind and partially sighted people and their friends, family and peers.
It brought together campaigners, Action for Blind People, and existing members of RNIB into a collective that was totally free to join. We reflect on some of the key moments of Connect in 2016, and hear from the community members who are at the heart of everything.Tags Best of Connect
I have had too many highlights to mention. Knowing that I am shaping a future for blind and partly sighted people like me amazes me. I might not give money to RNIB but giving my time has made me a richer person. It helps me as much as I help RNIB connect.
As a visually impaired person myself, I feel passionate that everyone should feel part of a community. I’m particularly interested in bringing a younger audience into the Connect community as they are the future of RNIB. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone.
Natasha, Community Facillitator
RNIB have improved day to day life immensely, through their work over the years, but there is still work to be done to enable us to lead lives of equal inclusion within society. I applied for the Connector role in order to help and support visually impaired people to fulfill their dreams and aspirations, as I firmly believe sight loss can be made into an opportunity to realise what we are all truly capable of.
One of the real values of RNIB Connect will be the peer to peer support. Living with sight loss can have a profound impact on you emotionally and practically. Being able to connect with other blind and partially sighted people as part of a single community is a tremendous asset in living with sight loss.
Will, Customer Council