How can I get involved? Are you involving the people we support?

There are lots of ways everybody involved with SeeAbility can contribute to the new strategy.

Get in touch with Lisa Hopkins, CEO, by email, call her mobile 07720 070 523, or ask her to come and meet with you.

Lisa says: “If I can, I will meet or speak to everyone who wants to tell me about the great ideas they have for SeeAbility. I also want to hear about things we should stop doing or do differently.”

Lisa will be meeting with the Speak Easy group four times between October 2016 and February 2017. She is going out to SeeAbility services to meet staff and the people we support. There will also be one-to-one conversations with families.

Here is a full calendar of events:

12th October - SpeakEasy group
25th October - Denecroft Staff Meeting
12th November - Staff Forum
28th November - Trustees / Council meeting
29th November - HR Team Meeting
30th November - Bradbury House coffee morning
5th December - Speakeasy meeting
6th December - Epsom office collaboration
7th December - South West Service Managers Meeting
12th December - Speakeasy meeting
13th and 14th December - SeeAbility Leadership Team (SLT) Strategy Days:

10th January - Heather House and Battens Disease Strategy Day
11th January - Trustee Strategy Day
28th February - Operations Management Group (OMG) meeting
29th March - Trustees / Council Draft Strategy
July - Managers and Heads of Departments Strategy Launch conference

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How do I know my idea will make it into the final strategy? Won’t this all be a waste of time?

We hope there will be hundreds of ideas and suggestions but with all sorts of practical and economic considerations it won’t be possible for everything to be in the final strategy. We also have to ensure we work within our charitable objects that govern what we do as a charity.

There have already been many great ideas from Staff Forum and Speak Easy groups.

If you don’t put your idea forward then it can’t be in the new plans and strategy for SeeAbility. So please don’t be put off from getting involved.

Who is going to make the final decision on what is in the new strategy? Is this just a rubber-stamping exercise and you just want people to endorse your proposals?

Lisa will gather all the ideas together and then test out the options with various people, teams and groups around the organisation in spring 2017. The draft strategy will then go to SeeAbility’s Board of Trustees or Council in May. They are ultimately the decision makers and owners of the strategy.

Nothing is pre-determined and everything is up for consideration. There will be some things we may not be able to afford or there may be things proposed that another organisation is already doing and it may not be wise for us to try and compete with them.

Are you planning to change the name SeeAbility or change the logo?

What do you think we should do?

We are open to anything and nothing is outside the scope of what we will look at. Nor is there a secret agenda to change our name, merge with other organisations or rebrand with a new logo. But Lisa says: “I am open to all suggestions.”

Is this a cost-cutting exercise hidden behind the new strategy consultation?

No. Because of steps taken in the past we are in a healthy financial position. This is not a back-door restructure.

Our public health work and profile raising activities have really put us on the map. This strategy consultation and development is about opportunities to be the best we can for the people we support, their families and people with learning disabilities who need access to good eye care.

Will we continue to support people with sight loss?


Supporting people with sight loss is part of our charitable objects (our Memorandum and Articles) and has been our core purpose as a charity for over 200 years. It would take a long time, considerable expense and legal fees for us to change why and who we exist to support.

The six areas of our current mission

Is it OK if I, or someone I work with or support, doesn’t want to get involved in developing our new strategy? Not everybody is interested.

Of course you can choose whether to get involved or not. But it is your chance to influence the future direction. Please don’t miss out if you have something to say or to contribute.

We will keep these FAQs updated as and when we receive new questions.


If you have a question contact:

Lisa Hopkins (CEO) on 07720 070 523 or email

Moira McMillan (Head of Marketing and Communications) on 01372 755 057 / 07860 945 908 or email