Partner Introduction: Hello from Tracy – York Blind and Partially Sighted Society
I am the OPTiC Project Officer covering York and I came into post on April 8th, 2013. I am very excited to be part of this great project, and look forward to reaching out to and making a difference in the lives of as many older people with sight loss as possible, over the coming months.
I have previously worked for RNIB and my work background is in Counselling and Mental health support. I also have a visual impairment myself so I hope to offer both personal and professional insights into the work I do, through the OPTiC project.
It has been a busy few weeks setting the York wheels in motion. I have made good progress with contacting local community groups, planning and preparing for our first empowerment course (Finding Your Feet), forming links with the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at YorkHospital and other professionals supporting people experiencing sight loss.
One of the highlights of the past 3 weeks is the training day that took place at our offices in York. Led by RNIB’s Prevention team, the session involved Fire Officers from York Fire station (FRS) and some of the staff from York Blind and Partially Sighted Society (YBPSS). It gave attendees an introduction to the ‘Eyes Right’ screening tool and visual awareness training, and an opportunity to talk through how YBPSS and FRS can work together through OPTiC.
We were very pleased that the local press have taken an interest in this new project and even sent a photographer to the training event we hosted. Here is a link to the article which was published as a result.
I look forward to posting further updates on the progress of OPTiC in York.