Who we are
Merton Voluntary Association for the Blind (MertonVision) believes in the rights of an individual to a full role in society.
To achieve that objective we aim to support and provide services for the blind and partially sighted at every stage in their life
We are a successful, highly regarded, sight-loss charity offering much needed support to visually impaired children and adults living in Merton.
We help at least 400 blind and partially sighted each year.
We help them to live as independently as possible and we do this through one–to-one support, rehabilitation and mobility training, IT training, assistance with completing benefits forms and inclusive social activities.
We run weekly falls prevention and cardiovascular exercise classes, art and craft classes, coffee mornings and a very busy lunch club
We keep in touch through our Bi-monthly newsletter, website and daily emails which include information about audio described theatre and cinema, road works and local hazard, in house training, new equipment and specialist holidays
Other services include
• Emotional support and signposting or referral at time of diagnosis of enduring sight loss (Moorfields, St Georges NHS trust)
• Prescription of magnifiers by an optometrist at our monthly Low Vision Clinic
• A specialist equipment centre with aids to try, buy or borrow
• Good neighbourhood scheme: our sighted volunteers help with shopping, correspondence and small tasks around the home
• Young Persons’ Project
• Opportunities for Volunteers
• Fully accessible I.T. Suite
• IT support in a clients’ own home
• Referral to other agencies for assistance in remaining in work or gaining employment
The primary role of our Trustees is to provide strategic leadership and ensure that MertonVision fulfil its duty to our beneficiaries through its charitable activities and delivers on our vision, mission and values
Our new trustees will have skills in one or more of the following areas:
Fundraising and campaigning/lobbying
Enterprising growth and business planning
We encourage applications from all members of the local community.
The qualities we are looking for:
- Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
- Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
- Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
- Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
- Prior experience of committee/trustee work
- Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation
- A wider involvement with the voluntary sector