Want to help make Ireland a more accessible place? Let’s make change together.
Why not become an advocate and influence local and national issues that affect you and others who are blind or vision impaired. There are different ways you can get involved, so you can choose what suits you best.
National Advocacy Network (NAN)
You can join the National Advocacy Network. By signing up you will receive updates on Vision Ireland’s advocacy, policy and campaigning activities. Through these updates, you will be presented with opportunities to become more active if you would like to do so.
To join complete the form below.
National Advocacy Network Sign up Form
Alternately you can call the Policy and Advocacy Team Tel: 01 830 70 33.
Local Advocacy Network (LAN)
You are invited to join a one of Vision Ireland’s Regional Local Advocacy Networks (LANs). Members of the LAN come together to advocate for change on issues affecting them in their local area, as well as working on Vision Ireland’s National advocacy campaigns. The LANs meet on a monthly basis and are currently taking place online.
The local advocacy groups will be run by you, the advocates, and supported by the Advocacy team. Vision Ireland provides training for facilitators and for LAN members on how to affect change in your local area.
The breakdown for the current Regional Local Advocacy Networks is below.
Mid-West Region: Limerick, Clare, Tipperary
South Region: Cork, Kerry , Waterford, Wexford
North-East Region: Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan
West Region: Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Donegal and Sligo
East Region: Kildare, Dublin, Wicklow
We also have two advocacy networks that have a specialised focus, that are also open to anyone who is blind and vision impaired across Ireland. These are:
- Local Advocacy Network on Access
- Local Advocacy Network on Employment
We are also looking for facilitators for the following regional LANs, if you would be interested in joining and/or facilitating a LAN in these areas, please let us know by emailing [email protected]. Remember, the Vision Ireland Advocacy Team provide training and support to all LAN facilitators and members.
Midlands Region: Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois , Kilkenny, Carlow
If you want any further information, please email [email protected] or call 01 34 44 54.
National Advocacy and Campaigning Skills Programme
Vision Ireland’s National Advocacy and Campaigning Programme aims to educate people who are blind, or vision impaired about their rights and responsibilities, equipping them with advocacy and campaigning skills that will empower and enable their individual and collective action to remove physical and attitudinal barriers to their full and equal participation in Irish society.
This module-based programme introduces the learner to the meaning and different forms of advocacy, and their application in a wide variety of contexts.
To find out more about further training contact us at [email protected] or call the Advocacy and Policy team on Tel: 01 830 70 33.
Other Representative Opportunities
These opportunities come both within Vision Ireland and from external sources.
You may get the chance to take part in a consultation, join a user group, answer a survey, or represent Vision Ireland on external committees.
Every interaction counts and we encourage you to get involved.
Email us on [email protected] if you would like to get involved.
Local Advocacy Network Terms of Reference
You can download the Local Advocacy Network Terms of reference document via the button below: