RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 to recognise and reward outstanding contributions in sight loss sector

Post date: 
Thursday, 18 November 2021

Nominations for the RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 are now open.

Building on the success of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s 2019 awards, the 2022 event will recognise and celebrate outstanding work to support people with sight loss. They aim to highlight the contributions being made to break down barriers and improve the world for people with sight loss.

Nominations are now being sought and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony which will take place at a central London hotel on 29 March 2022.

RNIB CEO Matt Stringer said: “At the very heart of RNIB’s See Differently Awards are the stories of people using their time and skills to improve the world for people with sight loss.

“We want to champion and celebrate these outstanding achievements and share the great work that is happening in the sight loss sector. That is why we need your nominations – help us to reward this hard work and dedication and inspire others.”

The RNIB See Differently awards will recognise exceptional individuals and teams across seven categories: Campaigner of the Year, Community Contributor of the Year, Best Social Media Impact of the Year, Team of the Year, Employer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Design for Everyone Award.

To be eligible for an RNIB See Differently award you must have worked on or provided support with something that has improved or enriched the life of someone with sight loss. You can either nominate yourself or be nominated by someone else. Download eligibility criteria and terms and conditions at www.rnib.org.uk/sdawards

Completed entries must be submitted by midnight on 17 December 2021. Nominations will be judged by a distinguished panel of influencers and sector leaders.

If you have any questions, require help completing the nomination form or would like to receive the form in an alternative format, please email [email protected]

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Entries to the RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 include:

Campaigner of the Year Award

This award recognises individuals who have shown great commitment and courage in campaigning to improve the world for blind and partially sighted people. The successful nominee would have campaigned on an issue(s) to make the world or their community a better place for inclusion of people with sight loss. They will be able to demonstrate how their efforts have positively impacted blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

Community Contributor of the Year Award

This award recognises unsung heroes of the sight loss community. The nominee may have had a life changing impact on the nominator, another individual, or their local community. They are someone who consistently dedicates themselves to improving opportunities of people with sight loss and has achieved incredible results through their work. The successful nominee will be an inspiring individual who strives to raise awareness of issues around sight loss, break down the barriers people face or goes above and beyond to empower and support people with sight loss.

Best Social Media Impact of the Year Award

This award recognises someone who has used social media to break down the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people or to galvanise support for a social issue. The winner of the award will have created strong, inspiring content that generates community involvement and discussion. The Best Social Media Impact nominee will have had success in raising awareness and influencing social change making a positive impact.

Team of the Year Award

This award seeks to recognise a team that has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted. These could be professionals from eye health and sight loss sectors, sports teams, support teams, or groups who carry out community and charity work together. Nominated teams should demonstrate excellent teamwork, direction, leadership, collaboration, and achievement.  

Employer of the Year Award

This award will recognise an organisation which has committed to providing an accessible and inclusive workforce for blind and partially sighted employees. From making significant efforts to ensure their hiring process is fully accessible, supporting any new or existing workers with sight loss, to raising awareness of sight loss amongst their sighted employees. Whatever the specific action they have taken, the winner of this award will have demonstrated that they have instilled clear values as an inclusive employer.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award recognises individuals who have dedicated their time, skills and energy within their community or organisation to support with skills and knowledge sharing or improve health and wellbeing of blind and partially sighted people. Many people within the sight loss community and the organisations that support them rely on the dedication and commitment made by volunteers. The successful nominee will be someone who has tirelessly and selflessly given their time for free to support a blind or partially sighted person or group within the sight loss community whose efforts enable people with sight loss to live the life they want to lead. The winner of this award will have demonstrated the impact of their actions for the sight loss community.

Design for Everyone Award

This award recognises an individual or organisation that has understood the everyday challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people and has addressed these by showing their commitment to accessible and inclusive design. Nominees will have demonstrated a commitment to continuous development in accessible design, creative use of technology to improve accessibility or simple solutions into everyday experiences that make life easier for blind and partially sighted people.

About RNIB

We are the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Every six minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight. RNIB is taking a stand against exclusion, inequality, and isolation to create a world without barriers where people with sight loss can lead full lives. A different world where society values blind and partially sighted people not for the disabilities they’ve overcome, but for the people they are.

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