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 person and monthly online sessions where we will work together to address our campaign priorities.  

The next Haggeye online meeting is on Wednesday 15 December, 5-7pm. The first hour will focus on the next steps for our campaign activity. This will be followed by our Haggeye Christmas Quiz. 

Our next in-person Haggeye meeting will be held on Saturday 19th February. The location and venue will be announced nearer the time. As a national group we appreciate that no location will suit everyone and that some members need to travel a great distance to attend. To help overcome this, we are looking to host each meeting in a different location. If you are interested in coming along, get in touch soon and let us know where you stay and where you can travel to so we can cater to as many people as possible. 

For more information or to confirm your space call 07821 637 317 or email [email protected].

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