Campaigning with RNIB Scotland

As well as providing services for blind and partially sighted people in Scotland, we actively campaign on their behalf.

We work to ensure that those with sight loss can live as independently as possible, and that preventable sight loss is minimised.

Being There

As part of RNIB’s ‘Being There’ strategy to ensure that no one need face sight loss alone, we are working with government, health boards and local authorities to secure a Vision Support Service in every part of Scotland. Vision Support Services play a crucial role in helping people adjust to losing their sight and go on to leading fulfilling lives. In those areas where we have already established this facility, they have won praise from clients and health and social care professionals.

Influencing the Scottish Parliament

The fourth term of the Scottish Parliament (2011-15) is taking place against a backdrop of tighter public expenditure. In our manifesto, Don't Lose Sight of Sight Loss, we concentrated on stopping people losing their sight unnecessarily, supporting independent living, and creating an inclusive society. Within these broad aims, we have identified a number of specific issues that we will campaign on, not least the need to invest in eye-health services to minimise preventable sight loss as far as possible.

Other themes include:

  • accessible healthcare information
  • emotional support for newly diagnosed patients
  • highlighting the link between learning disability and visual impairment
  • increasing the rate of employment for people with sight loss of working age
  • preventing sight loss.

RNIB Scotland is also an active participant on the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Visual Impairment. Membership includes backbench MSPs from all parties, other sight loss organisations and sight loss professionals. Number of new links within this body copy: Number should correspond with number of links in copy above.

Other campaigning work

At UK level, we work alongside RNIB's wider campaigns such as welfare reform and played a key role in the ‘Hardest Hit’ campaign in Scotland to protect disability benefits.

Find out more

For further details of our campaigns, please email james.adams@rnib.org.uk.

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