This year, our conference will focus on the social isolation and loneliness experienced by people with vision impairments.
We will hear from Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded about the research on loneliness and sight loss they did earlier this year.
People working in mental health and social care will talk about what is needed to tackle social isolation. And we will hear about how technology can be used to prevent loneliness and keep people connected.
With contributions from SCOVI members, the Scottish Government, other charities and health and social care workers, it promises to be an interesting day of discussions and networking, and an opportunity to consider how we can deliver the changes we need to make so that people with vision impairments do not feel isolated and alone.
We hope you can join us!
The conference takes place on Thursday 29 November, from 10.30am, at the Dewars Centre in Perth.
You can register for the conference via EventBrite.
Please let us know if you have any dietary or access requirements.
10.30 Registration, tea and coffee
11.00 Welcome - Maggie Chapman, SCOVI CEO
11.10 Keynote address - Scottish Government
11.30 Social isolation, loneliness and vision impairment
Discussion of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded research
12.15 What health and social care changes are required
Discussion led by mental health workers
13.00 Lunch (provided) and networking
14.00 How can technology improve mental wellbeing?
Discussion and demonstration of different techniques and approaches
14.45 Plenary - key points and summing up
15.00 SCOVI AGM
(including election of Trustees, discussion of SCOVI Constitution and Accounts, Strategic Plan and priorities)