What we do

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The Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI) is an umbrella organisation that links and supports statutory and voluntary services for and of visually impaired people in Scotland.

Our mission

Our mission is for blind and partially-sighted people throughout Scotland to lead independent and included lives.

Our objectives

  1. To promote collaboration, innovation and capacity-building in the visual impairment sector through organising member meetings, networks, conferences and learning events.
  2. To improve opportunities for and inclusion of visually impaired people in Scotland through awareness-raising, supporting member activities, promoting equality and human rights, partnership-working and influencing public policy.
  3. To encourage evidence-informed and accountable development of the sector by promoting research, outcomes measurement and involvement of visually impaired people in planning, delivery and evaluation of services.
  4. To continuously improve SCOVI’s efficiency and effectiveness as an umbrella body for the visual impairment field in Scotland.

Our activities include

Promoting the activities, services, campaigns and research of our members through our website, e-bulletin, social media, networks and events.

Co-ordinating regular meetings of practitioners, managers, decision-makers and others with an interest in visual impairment to encourage networking, policy awareness, collaboration, information-sharing and evidence-informed practice.

Supporting learning and awareness of our members through an annual conference, other learning events, information briefings and signposting to sources of support, development, funding and good practice models.

Consulting with our members and representing identified issues in engagement with local and national government and the wider disability, health and social care and equality and human rights sectors.

We hope to develop further activities and services soon in response to emerging needs of our members and ultimately, to improve the health and well-being outcomes and advance the rights and opportunities of people affected by sight loss in Scotland.