Barnsley Vision Strategy Group

Barnsley’s Vision Strategy Group want to hear from people about their experiences of sight loss from the point of diagnosis to on-going support and services.

What is the Vision Strategy Group?

The Vision Strategy Group is made up of representatives from people with sight loss, Barnsley Council, HealthWatch Barnsley, local charities, Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)Barnsley Blind and Partially Sighted AssociationSheffield Royal Society for the Blind and local opticians.

What's the purpose of the group?

We're working together to develop ways to prevent sight loss, promote local eye health services and develop services for Barnsley people who have a sight loss.

We use the term ‘sight loss’ which includes people who have a sight loss that's affecting their everyday life; they may or may not be registered as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind).

We want to:

  • work with people with sight loss to look at what can be done with the resources available to us
  • let people know what is already available locally
  • help support new community projects and look at developing services

Your feedback

In April people with sight loss in Barnsley were invited to give us their views of their priorities for the Vision strategy action plan by completing a questionnaire.   We looked at what people said and at a public engagement event in May discussed in more detail the key themes arising from the questionnaire.

Thank you to everyone who completed our recent vision questionnaire and attended our event at the Town Hall, we're now evaluating the responses we received.

We very much appreciate the time that people have given to completing the questionnaires and/or attending the event.   We couldn't do this work without you.

What happens next? 

We're now analysing the outcomes of the questionnaire and the event.

When we’ve brought all the information together we'll put the feedback onto this webpage.  We anticipate this will be in the autumn, so please check for further updates.

We've also plans to engage with children and young people later in the year - more information will follow soon.