How you can contribute and get more involved

Getting Involved

The aim of involvement is to give blind and partially sighted people an important role in our decision making; your insight and personal experiences are really important to us, everything we do, the way we think and the decisions we make will be influenced by our daily conversations. Whatever your age, wherever you live, whatever kind of sight condition you have, whether you have family member or friend who has a visual impairment, how much or little you want to contribute or get involved, there is something for you. Please read on to find out why involvement is so important to us.

During lots of recent conversations many blind and partially sighted people told us that they wanted to help us improve what we do by helping us to understand what it is like to live every day with little or no sight. More than that, they said they wanted to help others facing the challenges and worries that they had once had. Our staff too said they thought we could do better. And so ‘Involvement’ was born, based on the simple belief that blind and partially sighted people have experience and social connections that can inform, influence and improve all that we do. We have simplified the theory of Involvement to the following three principles which guide how we want to work:

  • Value: Your personal experiences and insight adds value to nearly all of our work
  • Equal Partnership: If you are involved in our work you are an equal partner. No distinction will be drawn between members of staff and yourself
  • Mutual respect: If you are involved in our work, you will receive the same information, tools, and support to do the job properly and you will work under the same confidentiality and sensitivities

 

It has been great to be involved as a member of the Connect project board right from the beginning. As a customer it felt like my input was welcomed, respected and appreciated.

Will, Connect community project board

 

 

Throughout my involvement, I feel I've been treated as an equal partner - receiving the same information as members of staff and trustees, and knowing that my ideas and observations are treated with the same respect as those from other board members.

Angus, Connect community project board