About Birmingham Vision
Birmingham Vision is determined to reduce the impact of sight loss and promote independence and opportunities. We aim to do this through the range of services and support we provide.
We want to provide services which blind and partially sighted people can fully participate in, and link people into their local communities to access services where they live.
Meet the team
Emma Cruickshank, CEO Birmingham Vision
Emma has worked within the sight loss sector for almost two decades.
Her experience consists of working within Housing, Social Care and the Voluntary Sector. In addition to this she was worked at a local, regional and national level.
Shazia Begum, Volunteer Coordinator
Shazia has been working with Birmingham Vision since 2014. She has been working in the Sight Loss field for over 15 years and is visually impaired herself so understands the impact sight loss can have on people, such as social isolation, low confidence and depression. Shazia is passionate about empowering those with sight loss by working with them so that they can engage fully with their society and build on their confidence, through providing volunteering opportunities.
Denise McCormick, Social Inclusion
Denise joined Thomas Pocklington Trust in 2014 as a Rehabilitation Officer. Over time her role has evolved to become a Social Inclusion Co-Ordinator for Birmingham Vision.
As she is visually impaired herself, she is well aware of the barriers that people living with sight loss experience on a daily basis and the challenges they face with socialising. This experience enables her to motivate and empower individuals to actively get out and about and participate within their local community.
Hayley Smith, Project Administrator
Hayley has been the Project Administrator for Birmingham Vision since 2017.
Previously she worked for a debt advice charity.
Hayley is responsible for ensuring the office runs smoothly, creating the newsletter and works collaboratively with all our partners and stakeholders. Hayley enjoys her role, often being the first point of contact for many blind and partially sighted people.
Zoe Bates, Employment Coordinator
Zoe started with Birmingham Vision in 2017 and comes from a background of recruiting and training with a well-known retailer. Zoe has a visual impairment due to Congenital Glaucoma and is supported by her guide dog Lucky. Zoe’s role as Employment Coordinator means she supports visually impaired people who are seeking employment or retain their job. Zoe will provide support with CV’s, applications and cover letters. Zoe works with companies who provide interview techniques advice and do mock interviews.
Zoe’s aim is to support Birmingham’s visually impaired people back into work.
Russ Stephenson, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer
Russ is the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Birmingham Midland Eye Centre at City Hospita. This role includes giving information, advice, Guidance and offering emotional support to patients newly diagnosed with an eye condition, it also involves discussing different kinds of support in the community then making referrals to organisations that may help each individual lead a more independent life. As Russ processes all new Certificate of Visual Impairments, he can explain the process of registration of sight loss and the benefits it may provide. Russ is visually impaired due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and has a Guide Dog called Sparks.
Talia Dewhurst, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer
Talia Dewhurst is the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer for Birmingham Vision based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Talia has been in her role since 2015 and is very passionate about her work and supporting patients with sight loss and encouraging independence. Talia’s role includes giving information, advice, guidance and offering emotional support to patients newly diagnosed or with an ongoing eye condition.
Luke Hedley, Sports Participation Coordinator
Luke joined the team in 2015.
Being an active sports and fitness enthusiast, he works with blind and partially sighted people to increase participation in sport and active leisure both locally and on a wider scale.
Luke is responsible for supporting individuals with a visual impairment who would like to either try sport and physical activity for the first time, or to get them physically active again. The aim is to break down barriers to participation so that sport is available to the masses.