Scottish War Blinded Host Successful Inaugural Member Conference

Posted: 13/05/2014 | Scottish War Blinded


The inaugural Scottish War Blinded member conference took place on Monday 12 May 2014 at the Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee which brought members together from across Scotland to have their say in the development of Scottish War Blinded services.

Scottish War Blinded Member ConferenceMembers participated in small discussion group sessions focusing on the theme of looking back and moving forward including a review of Linburn Centre and Outreach services, reunion lunches, specialist equipment provision and social opportunities as well contributing thoughts and opinions about potential new services.

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald commented:

“What a fantastic inaugural conference we have just had in Dundee. The chance to meet and bounce ideas off other members was quite refreshing. Well done to everyone involved at Scottish War Blinded, you produced a winner.”

The afternoon session provided members with an opportunity to contribute their views on Scottish War Blinded marketing campaigns or participate in a fun interactive game called ‘Colour Blind’ designed to assist family and friends develop an appreciation for looking after someone living with a visual impairment.

Throughout the day, Royal Blind, Optelec and RNIB provided exhibition stands to support conference discussions about specialist equipment. Members had the opportunity to test a wide range of specialist equipment, receive information and identify products they would like to see Scottish War Blinded provide in the future.

Scottish War Blinded CEO Richard Hellewell said:

“It was great to welcome members from all over Scotland to our first Member Conference. As we carry on developing new services and improving the services we already operate, the most important voices for us to listen to are those of the people who use them. At the conference, members were able to meet and share experiences with others in relaxed surroundings, and it was a delight to be a part of that.”