Annual Review 2020: A Year of Transformation
2020 was a momentous year in the history of the Vision Foundation. We changed our name for the first time in 99 years, overhauled our constitution to ensure that everything we do is impact and needs-led, and redoubled our commitment to prevent avoidable sight loss.
While none of us could have predicted the coronavirus pandemic and its monumental impact on so many sectors, the foundations we have built are enabling us to be agile in meeting the needs of blind and partially sighted people and weather the economic storm. The pandemic has undoubtedly set back and delayed our journey but our determination and commitment to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people is undimmed.
We’re still at the start of our transformation but we’re delighted with the progress we’ve made so far. Impact underpins all that we do and after consulting far and wide with the sight loss community we have developed the following three strategic objectives to:
- Open London up, ensuring that blind and partially sighted people have equal access to the cultural, social and employment opportunities of London.
- Empower those at risk, meeting the needs of those doubly disadvantaged by sight loss and additional factors, including BAME people or those facing domestic violence.
- Prevent avoidable blindness, addressing the 50% of UK sight loss which is preventable, but not necessarily treatable.
Our Annual Review 2020 outlines the journey we have started, our achievements, ambitions and the stories of hope and inspiration that unpin the work we do.