The SCOVI Conference 2018

Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness for People with Vision Impairments

Thursday 29th November 2018
The Dewars Centre, Perth

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.

Conference Programme

10.30 Registration, tea and coffee

11.00 Welcome - Carl Hodson and Jacquie Winning, SCOVI Trustees

11.10 Social isolation, loneliness and vision impairment
Discussion of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded research

11.55 Campaign to End Loneliness: what we can do to transform lives
Discussion led by Anne Callaghan

12.40 Lunch (provided) and networking

13.40 How can technology improve mental wellbeing?
Discussion and demonstration of different techniques and approaches

14.25 Building a manifesto to end loneliness

14.50 Plenary - key points and summing up

(including election of Trustees, discussion of SCOVI Constitution and Accounts, Strategic Plan and priorities)

16.00 Close