RNIB Cymru seeking Welsh sight loss sector heroes for 2024 awards
Nominations for the RNIB See Differently Awards 2024 are now
Building on the success of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s
(RNIB’s) previous award ceremonies, the 2024 event will recognise and
reward individuals and organisations taking positive action to improve
the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
RNIB Cymru are now seeking nominations in Wales, with award winners
to be announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 21 May 2024.
The awards are open to any person or group that has helped improve or
enrich the life of someone with sight loss. Previous nominees from
Wales include Cardiff Rugby’s VI team and Elin Williams, who was a
finalist in the 2019 category for her social media work.
RNIB Cymru Director Ansley Workman said:
“Our See Differently Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all
the amazing work that’s been done to create a more inclusive Wales for
blind and partially sighted people.
“Your nominations will allow us to recognise the people and
organisations whose work has had the most meaningful impact for
people living with sight loss.”
The RNIB See Differently Awards will recognise exceptional individuals
and teams across seven categories: Campaigner of the Year, Eye Care
Professional of the Year, Best Content Creator of the Year, Team of the
Year, Employer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Design for
You can nominate yourself or someone else. Download eligibility criteria
and terms and conditions at rnib.org.uk/sdawards.
Completed entries must be submitted by Friday 2 February 2024.
Nominations will be judged by a panel of content creators, journalists,
sector leaders and people with lived experience of sight loss.
If you have any questions, require help completing the nomination form
or would like to receive the form in an alternative format, please email
Entries to the RNIB See Differently Awards 2024 include:
Campaigner of the Year Award
This award recognises individuals who have shown great commitment
and courage in campaigning to improve the world for blind and partially
sighted people. The successful nominee would have campaigned on an
issue(s) to make the world or their community a more equitable and
inclusive place for people with sight loss. They will be able to
demonstrate how their efforts have positively impacted blind and partially
sighted people in the UK.
Eye Care Professional of the Year
The Eye Care Professional Award acknowledges outstanding health and
social care professionals and organisations that demonstrate
unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care incorporating both
clinical and non-clinical support. Nominees will demonstrate they are
delivering best quality care that supports each individual’s eye care and
sight loss journey and a commitment to collaboration, actively engaging
others to promote a person-centred approach.
Best Content Creator of the Year Award
This award recognises someone who uses social media to break down
the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people and galvanise
support for a social issue. The winner of this award creates strong,
inspiring content that dispels, misconceptions about people with sight
loss. They generate community involvement and discussion,
successfully raise awareness, and positively influence social change.
Team of the Year Award
This award seeks to recognise a team that has made a significant
contribution to improving the lives of blind or partially sighted people.
These could be eye health or sight loss sector professionals working
together to make a significant impact upon improving the
patient/customer experience, sports teams showing dedication to their
sport via performance or inclusion, or community groups who have
worked together to have a positive impact on the lives of blind and
partially people. Nominated teams should demonstrate excellent
teamwork, direction, leadership, collaboration, and achievement.
Employer of the Year Award
This award will recognise an organisation which has committed to
providing an accessible and inclusive workforce for blind and partially
sighted employees. From making significant efforts to ensure their hiring
process is fully accessible, supporting any new or existing workers with
sight loss, to raising awareness of sight loss amongst their sighted
employees. Whatever the specific action they have taken, the winner of
this award will have demonstrated that they have instilled clear values as
an inclusive employer.
Volunteer of the Year Award
This award recognises individuals who have dedicated their time, skills
and energy within their community or organisation to have a positive
impact on the lives, health, and wellbeing of blind and partially sighted
people. The successful nominee will be someone who has tirelessly and
selflessly given their time to support a blind or partially sighted person or
group and who can demonstrate the impact their commitment and
actions have had on blind and partially sighted people.
Design for Everyone Award
This award recognises an individual or organisation that continues to
show a commitment to understanding the everyday challenges faced by
blind and partially sighted people and stives to address these learnings
by showing their commitment to accessible and inclusive design.
Nominees will have demonstrated a commitment to continuous
development in accessible design, creative use of technology to improve
accessibility or simple solutions into everyday experiences that make life
easier and more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people.
About RNIB: We are the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Every six
minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight. RNIB is taking a
stand against exclusion, inequality, and isolation to create a world
without barriers where people with sight loss can lead full lives. A
different world where society values blind and partially sighted people
not for the disabilities they’ve overcome, but for the people they are.
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