I (Dave) have been accessing services from UKVIJOBS for several years now and thought it about time to write a blog about them and encourage more vision impaired people to access them.
UKVIJOBS (UK VI Jobs) was created by and still moderated by Brendan Magill, a self-employed Business, Employment & Disability Consultant based in Worcestershire.
Brendan set up these services as a side-line to his business nearly 20 years ago to support people with a vision impairment with finding work and with having access to support from other vision impaired people who were employed or self-employed through email groups and noticeboards. I commend Brendan on his dedication and time on keeping these services active.
There are 3 services that make up the UKVIJOBS portfolio as follows:
UKVISE is an email discussion group specifically for anyone interested in matters relating to small enterprise or self-employment for people who are vision impaired. This group is really active and is an excellent source for advice and guidance on topics relating to (or close to) the world of self-employment. Recent threads have been about GDPR, accessible printers, web and email hosting and overnight accommodation for support workers.
UKVIEMP is an email discussion group specifically for anyone interested in matters relating to employment of people who are vision impaired. This group is less active than the UKVISE group but is another excellent source of support to people with vision impairments who are in paid employment. Recent postings to this group have been around employing support workers through the Access to Work scheme and about being disabled at work.
The last service offered by the UKVIJOBS is VISECTOR. The VISECTOR mailing list was created to provide a common noticeboard for advertising job vacancies which may be of interest to people who are vision impaired in the United Kingdom. The service is free to both list members (job seekers) and advertisers (usually employers). With job search sites becoming more accessible nowadays, this noticeboard is less active than it used to be, however, jobs are still advertised using this platform especially jobs that are for organisations or charities that work directly with sight loss – RNIB and Thomas Pocklington for example.
The UKVIJOBS services can be accessed via a page on Brendan’s business website where you’ll be able to find further information about these services including how you can sign up to the email groups or post jobs on the VISECTOR noticeboard. Just visit: http://www.magill.co.uk/ukvijobs/index.html
You can find out more about Brendan at: http://www.magill.co.uk/index.html
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Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.