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Breaking down the Hard to Reach Toolkit Workshop


BAME Vision are delighted to be launching a toolkit to support with reaching and engaging with vision impaired people from ethnic minority groups. The toolkit – Breaking Down the Hard to Reach, will be launching soon!

BAME Vision are hosting a workshop to support charities, local societies, voluntary groups or other organisations supporting and providing services to blind or partially sighted people, or to those at risk of sight loss, that would like to improve their engagement with different communities.

The workshop will aim to go through each point in the toolkit and answer any questions you may have. We will share how to reach and engage with BAME communities to help with sharing information about your services and the support you may offer.

We will share why representation matters and how to embed this in your workforce, volunteers and other ways to enhance a diverse team. We will also discuss being culturally sensitive and much more.

Participants will receive the toolkit to take away and implement in their day to day activities and to develop into longer term strategies.

To sign up to join the BAME Vision “Breaking Down the Hard to Reach toolkit” workshop taking place:

On – Friday 21st January 2022, at 10am – 12pm, then,


with your name, organisation and email address.

We look forward to working together.

BAME Vision launches new website and National Eye Health Week Workshops

BAME Vision is a newly formed group made up of professionals from the eye health and sight-loss sectors as well as those with lived experience to create a dynamic and diverse team. The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Vision group originally would have sat with Vision UK, but after their closure in 2020, Chairs Bhavini Makwana and Adam Mapani decided to continue and meet with the group to discuss their future.

“Whilst having meetings to explore our priorities, vision and mission, we have also been engaging with ethnic groups on various platforms and creating and sharing content in a variety of languages. We have seen great impact within the communities, especially the talks provided by members from our team Subash Suthar and Jayshree Vasani” shared Bhavini Makwana, Chair.

Themed workshops

On 19th September, BAME Vision will launch a series of workshops for this year’s National Eye Health Week.

 Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • What is National Eye Health Week?
  • Live Well, See Well
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Dry Eyes and screen usage
  • Sight after 60
  • The importance of regular eye checks
  • Sharing mindfulness and ways to relax
  • Discussing eye conditions most prevalent in BAME communities
  • And more!

The workshops will be presented by professionals, consultants and those with lived experience sharing information and talking about personal experiences in different languages. There will also be a question and answer segment at the end of each session.

The workshops are open to anyone in the eye health and sight-loss sectors, those at risk of sight loss or with a vision impairment, family & friends or anyone wishing to seek information in different languages and interested in finding out more.

How to book

On 1st September we will launch our programme of workshops through our social media channels listed below, so please keep an eye on these to find out more and book your place! Alternatively, you can email to receive the full schedule.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Our Website

We are excited to be launching our brand-new website on 1st September 2021 at

Our social media handles can be found at the below links, which you can like and follow:




We at BAME Vision look forward to welcoming you.

Upcoming Events

BAME Vision, in collaboration with eye care professionals and people with lived experience, are facilitating a series of informative workshops around this year’s themes of National Eye Health Week. This year, National Eye Health Week runs from the 20th – 26th September 2021

You can find the full schedule and speakers below. To register for any of the sessions, please email All workshops welcome a Q and A session, or email your questions in advance. The link to join via Zoom will be shared with you a few days prior to each workshop. Please do share with your networks and members.

Workshop Schedule:

Workshop 1- Monday 20th September 2021

Time – 7– 8pm

Hosts – Bhavini Makwana, Adam Mapani, Tricia Smikle and Saliha Rashid as a Lived Experience speaker of Leber Congenital Amaurosis

This session will cover:

  • Introduction to BAME Vision and what BAME means,
  • Sharing our mission and vision,
  • Sharing details of the upcoming workshops during the week ahead,
  • What is National Eye health week, its aims and this year’s themes,
  • Discussing challenges and perception of sight loss within BAME communities,
  • How to stay connected to BAME Vision and our projects.

Workshop 2 – Tuesday 21st September 2021

Time – 7 – 8pm

Hosts – Dr Sheena George, Subash Suthar and Gerald Ramcharitar, a Lived experience speaker of diabetic retinopathy

Theme: Sight after 60

This session will cover:

  • Sharing common eye conditions which are prevalent in BAME communities, in those over the age of 60,
  • Sharing resources and services available to support you,
  • Ways to manage good eye health and vision,
  • Importance of regular eye check-ups and screening,
  • Sharing tips on good diet and nutrition.

Workshop 3 – Thursday 23rd September 2021

Time – 7-8pm

Hosts – Jayshree Vasani, Subash Suthar & Bhavini Makwana, a Lived Experience speaker of Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Theme: Live Well and See Well

This session will cover:

  • Why good sleep, diet and exercise is important,
  • Regular eye check-ups and the importance of having them,
  • Who is entitled for free eye tests,
  • What can be detected in eye tests?
  • Talking about medication and eye drops,
  • Sharing impact of screen time and usage,
  • Protecting eyes from sun,
  • Relax and Breathe- the importance of doing so,
  • Clarifying myths around so-called remedies within BAME communities.

Workshop 4 – Friday 24th September 2021

Time – 2-3pm

Hosts – Beverley Drugid, also sharing living with glaucoma, Wayne Chapman and Maxine Plowden, a Lived Experience speaker of Coloboma

Theme: Mental Health and Mindfulness

This session will cover:

  • Highlighting the importance of relaxation and taking care of our eyes,
  • Sharing the work of an eye care champion,
  • Raising awareness of mental health, in particular around having a vision impairment,
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Practicing mindfulness whilst having sight loss.

Workshop 5 – Sunday 26th September 2021

Time – 1 -2pm
Hosts – Mandy Davidson, Subash Suthar and a Lived Experience speaker of Macular Degeneration

Theme: Dry Eyes and Cataracts

  • What are Dry Eyes?
  • Signs and symptoms of Dry Eyes,
  • Common causes of Dry Eyes, 
  • Prevention or remedies of Dry Eyes, 
  • Cataracts and its effects,
  • Living with Cataracts.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

“Talking about eye health engenders trust”

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