Wakefield District Sight Aid was formed in 1869. We are proud to have been serving local people in our community for 150 years. We are here to support anyone living with low vision, their families, carers and sight care professionals across the Wakefield District.

Our vision is a world where people living with sight loss have access to the same opportunities and quality of life as fully sighted people.

Our mission is to:

  • Help anyone affected by sight impairment in Wakefield to improve their confidence and independence
  • Improve our services to meet the growing needs of the people in the District
  • Raise awareness about the importance of good eye health and care
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Remain economically viable

The staff team

The charity is managed and run on a day-to-day basis by the staff team, all of whom are part-time.

Chief Executive Officer: Hayley Grocock

Operations Manager: Bev Poppleton

Sight Loss Advisor: Nicola Ford

Tech Mate Project Leader: Neil Newton

Administration and Service Support: Nicola Ellis

The Board of Trustees/Directors

The Board of Trustees/Directors have responsibility for the governance and oversight of the charity. Our Board consists of unpaid volunteers who give their time generously to further the charity's work. They are:

Pat Bennett

Bridget Lockyer (Chair)

Jim Morris

Andrew Patterson

Luke Scholey

Nic Stansby

Dr. Norman Waddington

Our President

We are hugely grateful to our President, Lord St. Oswald D.L., who takes a keen interest in the charity's work and supports us however he can.

Volunteers

We are very fortunate to be supported by a group of dedicated and talented volunteers, without whom we simply couldn't continue to do everything we do. We are so grateful for the contributions of everyone who gives their time and talents freely to help us make a difference in our community.