Wales Council of the Blind is the umbrella agency representing vision impairment within Wales. We work to campaign, lobby and support the improvement of services for people with sight loss. WCB provides a platform vision impaired people to raise their concerns and wishes.
I have found all my contacts with WCB over the years to be so useful and professional.”
– Rehabilitation Officer for VI.
WCB’s Articles of Association sets out a way of letting their members contribute to setting priorities and work streams. An important part of the new structure is the creation of Regional Steering Groups to inform WCB’s work. The four new Regional Steering Groups will be established across Wales, covering North, West, South East and South Central.
Each group intends to offer a platform for local clubs, charities, statutory services and people with sight loss to get together and contribute to directing the work and resources of WCB. It’s likely that priorities may vary from region to region, and we want that to be reflected in the work of WCB.
WCB’s Board of Trustees will include four representatives – one nominated from each of the four regional steering groups – to bring the views of the regions to the table.
What does Wales Council of the Blind do?
We work to assist the Welsh Government by participating in and facilitating consultation.
- keep in touch with what is happening in every area in Wales and in the U.K.
- We highlight examples of good practice and distribute this to the eyecare sector through our SYLW newsletter, e-bulletins, quarterly ‘Round-Up’ Magazine, and our professional networks
- bring people together to exchange information and ideas
- identify gaps in provision
- encourage the development of new services where necessary
- support and assist other agencies to provide a good service
- represent v.i. within Wales and at an all-Wales level
- represent v.i. in Wales at a U.K. level