RNIB has been awarded £398,807 of funding from the British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust is investing around £13m to help people in or close to fuel poverty by funding 38 frontline money and energy advice services across Britain. Now in its 20th year, the Trust has helped more than £2.2 million people across the UK with energy debt grants, funded money and energy advice services and emergency fuel vouchers. In the last 12 months, the Trust has written off £5.2 million worth of energy debt and provided £20.5 million in grants to help those struggling with energy costs. The…

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New Loughborough University research for RNIB reveals that a quarter of blind and partially sighted people miss out on their UK disability benefits

New research from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, produced for RNIB, reveals that more than one in four blind and partially sighted people (83,000) miss-out on the disability benefits they’re entitled to. Applications being refused and issues with submitting applications were key factors in the substantial deficit in the take-up of disability benefits among people who are registered blind or partially sighted. Poor communication from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the challenge of getting to face-to-face appointments were also cited as barriers…

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RNIB publishes Gender Pay Gap report

In response to the Government’s requirement for all companies with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap data, RNIB has published its 2023 Gender Pay Gap report. The gender pay figures are calculated on data available on our reporting date, 5 April 2023. Matt Stringer, RNIB’s Chief Executive commented on the charity’s Gender Pay Gap report: “At RNIB, we’re constantly striving to be a great employer that attracts and retains the best people possible, who can achieve their highest potential with us. Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion are at…

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The photography exhibition you don’t need to see

RNIB is excited to announce that we have partnered with Canon Europe to create a unique photography exhibition called “World Unseen”. The exhibition is designed to provide an immersive experience for all visitors; including those who are blind, partially sighted, or sighted. The exhibition utilises Canon’s elevated printing technology to make art more accessible to everyone. It showcases works from renowned photographers, and the artwork is accompanied by elevated prints, audio descriptions, soundscapes, braille, and Navi Lens. Visitors are encouraged to touch and feel tactile prints, which helps to create…

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RNIB makes sound decision to create memorable new sonic logo

Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) turned to members of the blind and partially sighted community to help create a new sonic identity for the charity. As part of a continuing drive to innovate in the way it communicates with customers, supporters and the general public, RNIB last month unveiled a new suite of brand sounds. The logo comprises a catchy but simple four second sound which will stick in listener’s heads with its piano motif and the voices of a chorus of people with…

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