MEET THE TEAM

Alan Smith
Alan SmithAdvocacy Officer/Centre Coordinator
I provide an Advocacy Service for visually impaired Wirral residents, advising on the benefit system and guiding them through the claim process, including support with appeals and tribunals. I am also the designated office manager with responsibility for the management of staff.
Lynne Sedgwick
Lynne SedgwickDevelopment/Finance Coordinator
I lead the development and fundraising strategy and promote our services in the wider community by networking with other agencies, stakeholders and businesses. I am also responsible for financial reporting and budgeting and the management of projects.
Helen Pickavance
Helen PickavanceEye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) – Based in the Eye Department at Arrowe Park Hospital
My job is to act as hospital liaison between health professionals and patients by providing an emotional and practical support service for adults and children diagnosed with an eye condition, their families, friends and carers.
Ally Thompson
Ally ThompsonFinance/Project Support
I provide general administration & finance support and am responsible for transcribing information into Braille when this service is requested.
Neil Francis
Neil FrancisFront of House/Project Support
I support visually impaired people in the use of appropriate equipment. I give advice and assist in the demonstration and sales of low vision aids and provide home visit support if required.
Janine Mount
Janine MountVolunteer Coordinator (Job Share)
My role is to jointly manage our volunteer programme. This includes networking with external partners to develop referral pathways and identify fundraising opportunities, managing and supporting our volunteers and coordinating their involvement in our centre activities, fundraising and social events.
Jo Tudor
Jo TudorVolunteer Coordinator (Job Share) & Art and Crafts Session Tutor
My role is to jointly manage our volunteer programme. This includes networking with external partners to develop referral pathways and identify fundraising opportunities, managing and supporting our volunteers and coordinating their involvement in our centre activities, fundraising and social events.

As a session tutor, I deliver art and crafts classes enabling visually impaired people to develop their creativity through the exploration of different mediums such as acrylics, pastels and mosaic tiles.

Keith Ryan
Keith RyanIT Session Tutor
I teach visually impaired people to access all areas of information technology in the ever expanding digital world: – includes speech recognition software on mobile devices, computer software with integrated magnification and text-to-speech.
Clare Watson
Clare WatsonCeramics Session Tutor
I teach pottery techniques using clay, which can be moulded, sculpted or thrown and finished with a variety of glazes. It is a wonderfully tactile medium that lends itself perfectly to people with a visual impairment.