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We are thrilled that Elin Williams and LOOK have been Shortlisted in the Visionary Annual Awards 2023 in the Develop and Share category.

"In voting for LOOKFest and organiser extraordinaire Elin Williams, as an amazing role model, you are supporting VI young people to thrive. This is a vote for VI young people everywhere! Dream, develop, and share your ideas!"

What a fantastic time we had at the Visionary Conference 2023, with Elin Williams and LOOK taking home the ‘Develop and Share’ award.

Elin sent a great report from the first day of the conference, after hearing from inspiring speakers in the sector including Marsha de Cordova MP (Labour MP for Battersea), Sam Latif (Company Accessibility Leader, Proctor & Gamble) and Fiona Sandford, CEO of Visionary UK.

We can’t deny though, that the highlight for our small but mighty charity was that Elin Williams, our Volunteer Development Coordinator, *won* the Develop and Share award for her role in organising LOOKFest, our all age, VI-accessible festival.

Ruth Storey, Mentor Project Manager at LOOK was at the awards ceremony with Elin to celebrate the win. Below they are pictured holding the award and the certificate. Well done Elin, we are so proud of you!

Ruth Storey and Elin Williams wearing glam print dresses, both smiling, and holding the award and certificate.
Ruth, Elin and Nina Chesworth from Visionary UK - all looking very happy and glam.

Ruth Storey and Elin Williams from LOOK seated with Nina Chesworth from Visionary UK at the Visionary Conference 2023

This is an updated post after Elin and LOOK’s win. Below is the original post with news about being shortlisted, and more info about the award and Elin’s nomination.

We are thrilled that Elin Williams and LOOK have been Shortlisted in the Visionary Annual Awards 2023 in the Develop and Share category.

“In voting for LOOKFest and organiser extraordinaire Elin Williams, as an amazing role model, you are supporting VI young people to thrive. This is a vote for VI young people everywhere! Dream, develop, and share your ideas!”

Elin wearing a navy blue cap with LOOK logo in yellow, sunglasses, a smile and a navy blue hoodie.

The Develop and Share Award, sponsored by Guide Dogs UK, is an opportunity to celebrate the service developments and applaud the generosity we see every day from the Visionary member and partner organisations.

It’s always a huge privilege to read the award submissions. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your own organisations or the work of other organisations.  We received a high number of amazing nominations this year, so competition was strong. The short-listing panels, comprising of representatives from sponsor organisations, the Visionary team and trustees had an incredibly difficult time selecting the final nominees.

Visionary Annual Awards 2023 – Vote now

The nominees are:

  • Beacon Centre for the Blind
  • Devon in Sight
  • Galloways
  • LOOK
  • MertonVision

LOOK

Please vote for LOOKFest – the UK’s only all-age, VI-accessible festival, led by Elin Williams.

Elin worked with a team of 40 volunteers, the majority of whom were visually impaired to deliver a weekend packed full of activities including circus skills, woodland crafts, robotics, clay modelling and mosaics, mud kitchen, goalball, guided running, slip and slide, as well as campfires, a ceilidh, a disco and a talent show.

Elin was born with a genetic eye condition and she lost most of her sight during her teenage years. Her organisational skills are outstanding. Elin co-produced LOOKFest with warmth, thought and insight into specific and wide-ranging VI-accessibility needs. The result was a top-class festival that gave visually impaired children and young people an unforgettable weekend of fun, friendship and community.

LOOK is all about supporting visually impaired young people to thrive. Thanks to Elin Williams, with Megan Barker, the LOOK team and 40 fantastic volunteers, LOOKFest showcased everything that the charity is about – involving and training VI young people, peer support for VI young people and their families, building community, breaking down barriers and changing lives.

In voting for LOOKFest and organiser extraordinaire Elin Williams, as an amazing role model, you are supporting VI young people to thrive. This is a vote for VI young people everywhere! Dream, develop, and share your ideas! And if you can, next summer join us – as a volunteer or festival-goer – at LOOKFest!

Visionary Annual Awards 2023 – Vote now