Who we are

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Who we are

The Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI) is an umbrella organisation committed to promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by serious sight loss across Scotland.

Its predecessor, the Scottish National Federation for the Welfare of the Blind (SNFWB) was formed in 1917 as a link between Institutions and Societies for the blind. For a short history see (link)

For information about our work, go to the What we do section.

Our membership

Our affiliated membership comes from organisations who provide services to the blind and partially sighted throughout Scotland. For example, disability groups, charities, local authorities and professional organisations.

Associate membership for individuals is available for those who support the objects of SCOVI.

For information on joining go to the Join us page and for a list of our current members, go to the Members page.

Governance and management

SCOVI is a Company Limited by Guarantee in Scotland and a Registered Charity in Scotland.

Trustees, who are also directors of the company, are elected by the membership. The minimum number of trustees is 5 and the maximum is 10. The trustees meet on a regular basis to manage the business of the Council and make recommendations for discussion and ratification at the Members’ Forum.

The Members’ Forum is made up from representatives of all affiliated members and meets five times a year.

Scots VIP is a standing group that meets regularly to discuss policy, perceived gaps in service provision, and other areas of common interest and support. It is composed of direct service providers and commissioners of services from both voluntary organisations and local authorities.

The Children & Young People’s Sub Group is a relatively new group comprised of practitioners and managers within SCOVI’s membership who have an interest in improving outcomes for children and young people affected by sight loss.

Further information on our networks and links can be found here.

For details of our office bearers, trustees and advisors go to the Trustees and Staff page.


We are grateful for the generous donation of software via tt Exchange from Bitdefender and Microsoft.