Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) is delighted to have been shortlisted for a national award at next month’s Visionary Conference in Birmingham.

Visionary is a national infrastructure organisation for all local sight support charities in the UK. The conference offers local societies the chance to share information and knowledge, network and make new contacts as well as listen to key note speakers from within the sight loss field.

Now in their ninth year, the Visionary Awards aim to recognise and celebrate how local sight loss charities have delivered impactful services through partnership and how this has improved the positive difference made to visually impaired people. Highlighting local charities’ achievements helps to influence good practice throughout the sector and draws attention to the talent and expertise we have within the local sight loss sector across the UK.

Sight Support HEY has been shortlisted in the “Collaboration” category in recognition of the charity’s work on the ‘A Sight to Behold’ project which formed part of the 2017 City of Culture celebrations.

The project, funded by the National Lottery through the Creative Communities programme, involved a partnership of organisations, communities, groups and visually impaired individuals from across a variety of sight support charities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, who worked together to develop the multi-sensory sculpture that is now on display in the Hull Eye Hospital and is accessible to the thousands of visitors who pass through the hospital doors each week.

Those who took part in the project all agreed that it had challenged them to be creative, to consider and reflect on their sight loss in dynamic and inspiring ways and that the best thing about it was how it had brought them together as a group.

“For me, what describes this project, is happiness. Going from being stuck at home and on my own, to coming out and meeting new people and trying new things.” Paula

“For me it has been about having the opportunity to work with my hands and learn new skills. It is also about working with people and being involved in something new.” Brian

Sandra Ackroyd, Chief Executive of Sight Support HEY said “We are delighted that the success of our project has been recognised nationally. It offered a real opportunity for visually impaired people to come together and develop an iconic sculpture, for all to enjoy, and proved that art can transcend the traditional notions of sight and vision”.

The winner of the award will be announced at a special dinner as part of the conference on 24th October.