Date: 19 April 2022

Blatchington Court Trust (BCT), along with other Visionary members supporting blind and partially sighted people across the UK, recognise the particular value of lived experience of sight loss within our workforce and leadership teams but we know we need to do better. We are committed to increasing the number of visually impaired people employed within the sector, at all levels including senior management where possible.

Fair and equal access to employment and professional development opportunities are a crucial part of our shared vision for an equal society. We acknowledge that the change we want to see has to start within our own sector, we must take the lead to challenge and change the inequalities that exist.

We recognise that lived experience of sight loss has not always been perceived or used as an asset in our sector. This is reflected in employment numbers of blind and partially sighted people which are significantly lower than might be expected. Our ambition is to create and accelerate significant change. By increasing the number of people with sight loss employed in the sector, we will become better at what we do and become an exemplar for other sectors.

As a collective, we are committing to the following actions:

Within Blatchington Court Trust, we commit to taking the following steps:

By committing to this, we hope to achieve our shared ambition of greater representation of lived experience within the sight loss sector.

April 2022


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