About Us

Background

Moorvision was set up in Jan 2007 by Laura Hughes, now the Charity's General  Manager, after experiencing years of isolation as the parent of a visually impaired child, in a rural area of Devon.

Membership

We currently have a membership of nearly 130 families, with children with a wide range of visual impairments and some with additional needs. Ten of the adult members are themselves also visually impaired. Our families come from all over Devon plus a few from Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Management

Moorvision is run by a voluntary management committee that meets twice a year and has regular email and phone contact. The management committee is comprised of 7 parent members, one blind adult (who is a Braille teacher with a guide dog!), a fully qualified accountant and one advisory member, a retired teacher of VI children, who is himself registered blind. We also have a number of activity volunteers and an admin volunteer. All committee members and volunteers are CRB checked. The group has a constitution and policies on Child Protection, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Confidentiality, Finance, Volunteer Recruitment and Expenses (which can be sent on request). We undertake Risk Assessments for all our activities.

Activities

Young girl with glasses holding tactile astronomy picture

We arrange about 10-12 family days out plus one (and sometimes two) weekend residential trips every year. The trips include sporting activities such as climbing, swimming, etc theatre trips, bowling, beach days, local theme parks, arts and crafts, pizza making etc. 

The days out are always open to the whole family including all siblings of the blind or VI child.  We subsidise all of our activities and can offer further help to families on low incomes.

We hold regular parents' night’s out and also sometimes hold evening meetings with speakers on a range of related issues.

Newsletter

Moorvision has produces a newsletter twice a year which is posted out in hard copy in clear print (16 point font) and also available in text only in any size print requested, Braille and electronic text.

Information Database

Moorvision has a wide range of information available to all members about many sources of national and local support, medical conditions, benefit advice and grant applications, large print, audio and braille resources, equipment, toys, education, music, sport, holidays and leisure. Also see our links page!

Other Organisations

Moorvision works closely with a number of other organisations including the Sensory Support Teams from Devon, Torbay and Plymouth, Seeing Charity, Actionnaires Clubs, Plymouth Hearing and Sight Centre, Devon Insight, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Blind Children UK, Guide Dogs, New College Worcester, WESC foundation, The Royal National College for the Blind, VICTA and more.


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