Who we are

The Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI) is an umbrella organisation committed to promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by serious sight loss across Scotland.

Its predecessor, the Scottish National Federation for the Welfare of the Blind (SNFWB) was formed in 1917 as a link between Institutions and Societies for the blind. 

In 2017 SCOVI celebrated its 100th year, find out more about the history of SCOVI.

Join SCOVI now to build a louder, more diverse voice for the Scottish vision sector.

Our trustees help shape SCOVI. Find out more about our Trustees and Staff.

  • Upcoming events from around the Scottish vision sector

    February 22, 2018
    • SCOVI Members' Forum

      February 22, 2018  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
      "Vision PK, 14 New Row, Perth PH1 5QA"

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    March 2, 2018
    • Aberdeen See Hear strategy meeting

      March 2, 2018  2:15 pm - 5:00 pm

      Aberdeen See Hear group for the 2nd March from 1.15 for a 1.30 start.

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    March 8, 2018
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    March 20, 2018
    • RWPN Rehabilitation Worker Scottish Conference

      March 20, 2018  10:45 am - 4:45 pm
      Scottish War Blinded Hawkhead Centre Paisley PA2 7BS


      This is the first conference for Vision Rehabilitation Workers and Habilitation Workers in Scotland for over a decade. The day will bring together professionals from across Scotland to share knowledge and skills as part of their professional development. It is also a rare chance for professionally isolated staff to network and support professional resilience.

      Managers are also welcome to attend and we would be happy to include a workshop for managers on the role of the Vision Rehab worker if there is demand.

      The programme will contain a mix of workshops and presentations, along with equipment demonstrations. Sessions booked include: 
      - Introduction and personal perspectives - Jamie Cuthbertson, Macular Society
      - "Is there an app for that?" - exploring Amazon Echo, Orcam, Synapptic and apps for smartphones and tablets and the role of the Rehab. Worker in using them - Catherine Smith, Katie Golding & Lindsey Deere, Blind Veterans UK
      - Interactive peer discussion around Orientation and Mobility case studies
      - BuzzClip mobility navigation aid for visually impaired people - demonstration and discussion: Research presentation: The impact of visual impairment on the development of movement and motor skills: a study using motion capture to examine the performance of movement and motor skills in children and young people across a range of visual acuities. Pete Lock, Guide Dogs & Allanah Savage, PhD student Queens University Belfast
      - Optional tour of the new centre after the event closes

      Attendance fee: £7 RWPN Members, £18 non-members payable in advance or on arrival at the event.
      Support workers pay only for lunch, which is £5. Support workers do not need to book but please notify RWPN by email so we can adjust catering numbers. 
      Any manager interested in attending please email info@rwpn.org.uk 

      Lunch included (please email us if you have special dietary requirements)




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