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2023 King’s Speech: What we did and didn’t hear

We are disappointed that more specific actions to tackle the day-to-day barriers people with sight loss face were not included in yesterday’s (7 November) King’s Speech.

Posted Wednesday, 8 November 2023 News type: News story

Leading NI charities collaborate to See Cancer Differently

RNIB, together with Macmillan Cancer Support in Northern Ireland, came together on Wednesday, 20 September to host an event to challenge leading health and social care professionals to ‘See Cancer Differently’.

Posted Wednesday, 8 November 2023 News type: Press release

Royal honour for running sensation Tony

Believe in yourself and magic will happen. That’s the motto that Tony Barclay lives and breathes every day. He even has it tattooed on his arm. But Tony (64), who lives in Carrickfergus, wasn’t always so positive.

Posted Wednesday, 8 November 2023 News type: Article

Urgent action needed to tackle Access to Work delays, RNIB tells Minister in joint letter

RNIB has joined forces with sight loss sector charities to write to Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to highlight the recent increase in outstanding Access to Work applications and emphasise the need for immediate action.

Posted Tuesday, 7 November 2023 News type: News story

National Trustee Week 6 – 11 November: RNIB welcomes two new Trustees

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has announced the appointment of two new Trustees – Paul Arnold and Tanya Castell MBE. The news comes as the charity celebrates National Trustee Week (6 – 11 November).

Posted Monday, 6 November 2023 News type: Press release

Final words from Need to Talk

A celebration has been held in Belfast to mark the end of a unique initiative which has helped over 1,300 people living with sight loss.

Posted Wednesday, 1 November 2023 News type: Press release

“I am not just making a difference in a single day, it is long term”

Fanny Martin is a RNIB volunteer who talks about looking for volunteering outside of working hours and the fulfilment she finds in her role with the youth group in Edinburgh.

Posted Wednesday, 1 November 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

Campaign victory: plans to close ticket offices in train stations are being scrapped

Today the Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, announced that he had asked train operators to withdraw plans to close over 800 ticket offices across England and at Glasgow Central station.

Posted Tuesday, 31 October 2023 News type: News story

Blind and partially sighted actors star in charity films aimed at getting people to think #BeforeYouAsk

Leading sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has released a series of humorous, yet challenging, #BeforeYouAsk short films as part of its See the Person, Not the Sight Loss campaign which aims to raise awareness of and dispel misconceptions about sight loss.

Posted Tuesday, 31 October 2023 News type: Press release

Minister for Disabled People hears about the challenges of sight loss as he visits RNIB office

Tom Pursglove MP, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, learnt more about what needs to change to create a truly inclusive society for blind and partially sighted people as he toured RNIB’s new London office on 23 October.

Posted Wednesday, 25 October 2023 News type: News story