Youth Engagement

Haggeye is our award-winning forum that gives young people with sight loss aged 12 to 25 a voice.

Haggeye is at the forefront of RNIB Scotland’s youth engagement strategy.

How Haggeye empowers young people

The forum provides a friendly and supportive platform which helps young people raise awareness of what it is like to be blind or partially sighted. The forum enables its members to:

  • campaign for change
  • influence the provision of services
  • meet new people and make new friends
  • take part in social activities
  • discuss and share issues of concern to them

“Education Respect Awareness” campaign

Haggeye members are developing a new project in 2014 to bring younger and older people with sight loss together to learn from each other and share ideas and experiences. Four workshop-based events are planned across Scotland this year aimed at 18-30 year olds and those aged 55 plus. There will be opportunities to get to grips with technology, try some sport and explore culture. There will also be a chance for those who are not RNIB members to sign up for a free nine-month trial. The events will be held in Dundee (1 March), Inverness (10 May), Galashiels (23 August) and Stirling (13 September). The project is funded by Young Start, a grants programme run by the Big Fund in Scotland to distribute money from dormant accounts.

For more information please contact project officer Caroline McLeod on 0131 652 3168 or email caroline.macleaod@rnib.org.uk.

“Stop for me, Speak to me campaign”

Bus services can be the only way for blind and partially sighted people to get around. But eight out of ten respondents in a recent RNIB survey said they had often missed the bus they wanted because they could not see to hail it down. Over half said they struggled to get vital information like route numbers and destinations from bus drivers. Our "Stop for me, Speak to me" bus campaign aims to secure major progress from bus operators on these crucial access issues. Haggeye are supporting this campaign by doing their bit in Scotland during 2014. We’re planning activities over the coming months and a week of action in the summer. Please get in touch if you have any stories to share about your experiences of bus travel and or if you’d be interested in being a part of this campaign.

Awards and successes

Since its launch in 2008, Haggeye has won a Young Scot Award, a Diana Award and a Philip Lawrence Award for "establishing an atmosphere of trust between generations and cultures". In 2010, it was one of only three organisations chosen to promote civic participation by the Scottish Parliament.

Contact Haggeye

Mo Colvin, RNIB Scotland's youth engagement officer, manages the project. If you would like to know more about Haggeye, please contact Mo on 0131 652 3146 or email mo.colvin@rnib.org.uk.

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