Our Campaigners Active Network (CAN) is a user-led network of people who are blind or partially sighted, and their allies.
CAN will enable the campaigning for real social change, and for its members to participate in constructive personal development opportunities.
The official public launch of CAN was held in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on 2 December 2013. This event not only proclaimed the arrival of CAN to the wider NI public, but also seen the announcement of CAN's first active campaign:
Membership of CAN is open to both blind and partially sighted people and to anyone who consider themselves to be allies of blind and partially sighted people.
Members of CAN will work with RNIB NI, along with other organisations, on campaign issues by expressing their views to politicians and other decision makers, sharing their experiences through media outlets and participating in consultations and other events.
CAN members have the opportunity of representing the network and wider constituency at the quarterly meetings of the NI Assembly All Party Group on Visual Impairment at which MLA's, RNIB NI and representatives of other organisations from the sight loss sector meet to discuss key issues of concern.
If you are interested in becoming involved in CAN or you just want more information, the network is currently in the process of setting up local CAN groups around Northern Ireland. Contact us to find out where your nearest CAN group is based.
If you don't wish to join a group, you can still sign up for CAN as an individual member and support us - it's up to you.
Please contact, Paula from our Campaigns and Research team.