Youth engagement: Haggeye

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Are you a blind or partially sighted young person living in Scotland, aged 16-27, interested in campaigning and raising awareness of sight loss?

Would you like to make new friends and share experiences with other young people with sight loss?

If so, join Haggeye today! Haggeye is RNIB Scotland's award-winning youth forum that gives young people with sight loss a voice.

Our members work together to help create a society where sight loss is not a barrier to living life to the full.

How Haggeye empowers young people

Haggeye provides a friendly and supportive platform which allows young people to raise awareness of what it's like to be blind or partially sighted in Scotland today and what's important to them. The forum enables its members to:

  • Campaign for change
  • Influence the provision of services
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Discuss and share issues of concern to them.

Examples of Haggeye campaigning

"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 10 respondents in an RNIB survey said they'd often missed the bus they wanted because they couldn't 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 aimed to secure major progress from bus operators on these crucial access issues.

Haggeye Meetings 

The last couple of years have been particularly challenging for young people. Now that restrictions have eased, we're excited to announce a return to face-to-face meetings. 

We're keen to bring our Haggeye members, old and new, back together again from across Scotland. Haggeye will host quarterly meetings in various locations and monthly online sessions covering a range of topics. 

The next Haggeye Online Meeting will be held on Thursday 11 November 5-6pm on Microsoft Teams. This session is open to current members and those interested in finding out more. If you would like to join, please contact us so we can send you the link: 07821 637 317 or [email protected].

Our official Haggeye relaunch will be held on Saturday 20 November and is open to any young people who would like to find out more about Haggeye. Please note this date has changed from the previously advertised date of 23 October.

  • Saturday 20 November 2021
  • 11am-3pm
  • RNIB Scotland, 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA.

To book your place, please contact us 07821 637 317 or [email protected], if you would like to attend the relaunch.

As a national group, we appreciate that travel can be a significant factor in young people deciding whether to come along. We want to support members to get there so if you need help planning your journey to Edinburgh please get in touch. There will be RNIB staff at the Waverly station to meet Haggeye members so that everyone can walk along together. There will also be staff present in the office for anyone arriving there by other modes of transport.

We know that some people will be traveling to Edinburgh with a friend, family member or support worker. It is ok to bring someone along with you. If you can let us know in advance, we can ensure there is sufficient space for everyone. 

Haggeye and the Scottish Youth Parliament

Did you know that Scotland has its own youth parliament?

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically-elected voice of Scotland's young people. Two SYP places are reserved to RNIB Scotland Haggeye members.

Young people aged 14-25 can stand as a candidate in SYP elections. 

Head to our dedicated SYP page for more information.

Contact Haggeye

For more information on how you can get involved or to find out more about campaigning with Haggeye, contact: [email protected]

You can also WhatsApp us on: 07821 637 317

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Haggeye/ 

Twitter: @HaggeyeFamily