The LVIF was founded in 2008 to bring together organisations working with, and on behalf of, blind and partially sighted people throughout London.

It includes:

  • small local organisations working within the boundaries of a single London borough
  • medium sized organisations working across several London boroughs
  • large national organisations that provide services in a number of London boroughs, as well as other parts of the UK.

The LVIF exists to promote:

  • Better services for visually impaired people across London
  • The involvement of blind and partially sighted people in service development
  • Collaboration between agencies that provide services
  • The sharing of information and ideas
  • Communication and co-ordination between statutory, voluntary, independent and private sector agencies
  • The implementation of the UK Vision Strategy and Seeing It My Way objectives across London

Members of the Forum meet quarterly in central London.

The LVIF is managed by: Sharon Schaffer, Development and Vision Strategy Manager (please see ‘Contact Us’)

The LVIF is chaired by: Peter Corbett, CEO, Thomas Pocklington Trust

A Steering Group, made up of around 10 representatives, meets quarterly to plan, implement and review an annual programme of work.

Membership of the Steering Group is elected annually and open to representatives of any member organisation.

The LVIF is hosted by The Thomas Pocklington Trust.