Job Vacancy

Vision North Somerset: Chief Executive Officer

Full-time post

Salary £35,745 – £37,890 (depending on experience) + pension package

We are looking for an experienced manager to lead our organisation and drive forward our plans to deliver a person-centred service to people with sight loss living in North Somerset.

You will have excellent communication skills; a high level of financial literacy; and a sound knowledge of the voluntary sector, its governance arrangements and relationship with local partners including the statutory sector.  You will develop and maintain productive alliances in order to raise the profile of service user needs and aspirations, and will lead our fundraising efforts.

We need someone with a vision for the future and an ability to combine strategic thinking with attention to detail.  An empathy for people living with a disability is essential, as is a positive, flexible approach to team working.  You will be based in our office in Weston super Mare but should be prepared to travel across North Somerset as required.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Roger Burrows, Chair of Trustees rjburro@gmail.com

For a copy of the job description, person specification and application form please call us on 01934 419393 or email info@visionns.org.uk .

Closing date for applications: Thursday 4th November 2021.

Interviews for this post will be held on Thursday 11th November.

Vision North Somerset, 3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare BS23 1YD

Registered charity no. 1165364

Job Vacancy

Peer Support Worker

Salary: £22,183 pro rata

We are looking for a highly motivated person with excellent knowledge and experience of using technology to enable visually impaired people to connect with one another.  You will have knowledge and experience of connecting devices to the internet and solving problems; experience of teaching IT skills; and a proven ability to build relationships with service users to encourage learning.  You will have empathy with people living with a disability and a positive, hands-on approach.  You will be based in our office in Weston super Mare but must be willing and able to travel throughout North Somerset to deliver the service.

This post is for 18.5 hours per week until 30th June 2022 but may be extended beyond that date if we are successful in obtaining further funding.

For a copy of the job description and person specification please call us on 01934 419393.

Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd October

Interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday 3rd November.

Vision North Somerset, 3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare BS23 1YD

Registered charity no. 1165364

Chris Wood raises £1000 and exceeds 100,000 steps in his challenge!

Our very own Chris Wood tackling his 100 mile step challenge on his treadmill

Chris smashed his target of 100,000 steps by walking / running 110,000 steps. That’s over 100 miles raising £1000 for Vision North Somerset.

Chris Wood is registered Blind and wanted to support us by undertaking a 100 mile step challenge at home on his treadmill.

“I am so happy that from my initial idea of trying to keep fit during lockdown, I have been able to raise money for my local sight loss charity.”

Chris Woods

“We cannot thank Chris enough for this amazing ‘feet’! During COVID-19, our local fundraising activities have been decimated. Chris has proved that fundraising locally (very locally in his own home) can raise much needed funds.”

Nina Farr, Chief Executive

If you would like to donate to Chris’s fantastic running feet, send us a cheque or click here to donate online

May 2021 Newsletter

Happy Centenary Ian Karten from Vision North Somerset

To celebrate the Centenary of Ian Karten’s birth, we are launching the Ian Karten Charitable Trust’s website. The website celebrates Ian’s life, vision and legacy.

Over 500 blind and partially sighted people living in North Somerset have benefitted from our own Karten Digital project funded by the Trust since 2014.

Here is a video explaining how the project has helped visually impaired people access technology training.

To find out more about the Karten Trust’s work, visit the new website: www.iankartencharitabletrust.org.uk

Want to find out more about technology? Get in touch with our Technology Officer, Jo Healy, by giving us a call: 01934 419393

Tech Ability Conference 2020

Jo Healy, our Technology Advisor, was asked to produce a short video for the conference about using technology, with sight loss, during the Pandemic. She decided to focus on Video conferencing.

Many participants at the conference come from specialist, further educational colleges, so the video was created with students in mind.

You can watch Jo’s video below.

A Big Thank You to National Lottery Players

On Thursday 19th November 2020, together with thousands of other people and organisations, Vision North Somerset posted crossed finger selfies across social media to say a massive collective thank you to the National Lottery players for their colossal contribution to good causes across the UK.

Throughout the day we shared photos of staff and quotes from service users celebrating the life changing work we are able to offer because of National Lottery funding.

Tips for Social Distancing

Our Rehabilitation Officer, Martin Rees, has put together some top tips on social distancing with sight loss. Polly runs through these tips in our video: Tips for Social Distancing

Tip 1: Let others know you can’t see how far away they are

Others may expect you to move for them. If you can’t see them, it’s likely that you won’t move. You can also ask someone how far away they are; they may get the hint and move if they’re too close. It’s still easy to forget at times. If you’re confident, you could ask the person to keep to 2m away because you cannot see to judge the distance for yourself.

Tip 2: Ensure you have everything you need before going out

If you have a cane, use it when it might be needed, e.g. in crowded areas, while crossing at pedestrian crossings, or while being guided. Keep canes / badges / ID with you even if you don’t use them. There may be an instance where you need to prove you have a visual impairment because you ‘don’t look visually impaired’. Others can then social distance appropriately.

Tip 3: Take control

Let others move out of the way of you. If you’re unsure of other people’s movements, you could also stop and let them move around you. It’s important that you keep your bearings and avoid getting disorientated.

Tip 4: Public transport

Try to ring ahead for assistance and information on their social distancing rules. Wash your hands after using any cane. Disinfect handles and tips after using them.

Repair Work Started at Neva Road!

Rank Foundation
The Rank Foundation: a pebble in the pond.

Work has started on essential repairs at our Resource Centre in Weston thanks to a donation from the Rank Foundation and the generosity of the local people who use our services.

We still need to raise a further £4,000 – but at least our roof is fixed and we have new radiators so we can provide a warm and dry environment for our visitors. Grateful thanks to all who have donated.

Roof Repair Work
Photo of our damaged roof tiles, which are undergoing repair.

Damp-Proofing the Cellar
Photo of 3 workers damp-proofing the cellar dressed in biohazard protection clothing.