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Welcome to the website of East London Vision (ELVis), an organisation established so that everyone living in East London experiencing, or at risk of, any form of sight loss, receives a high quality service relevant to their need and at a time appropriate for themselves.

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East London Vision consists of the 7 geographical areas that naturally cover all of east London north of the Thames:

•    Barking and Dagenham
•    City and Hackney
•    Havering
•    Newham
•    Redbridge
•    Tower Hamlets
•    Waltham Forest.

On this website you will find: a variety of relevant news, links to local societies operating in the ELVis area, links to a range of regional and national agencies, notification of paid, voluntary and training opportunities in East London and details of how to contact us.

There are many ways to find out more about who we are and what we do. You can:

As with all charities, despite applying for a range of grants, commercial sponsorship and generating income through commissioned services, we rely heavily on the generosity of individuals to enable us to deliver the wide range of services to improve the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people. Having looked at this Website to see exactly what we do, if you would then like to make a donation, please follow this link  - DONATE. Your generosity in allowing us to increase individual independence for people experiencing sight loss is very much appreciated.

We value your views and would welcome you helping us to improve the services available to the 10,000 people registered as blind, partially sighted or with a dual sensory loss in our geographical area and to the estimated 40,000 people who could be registered, but are not. Do contact us, either by telephone on 020 3697 6464, or via email at:


Vision Impairment Awareness Training

Do you provide services to the public, are you an employer, do you provide education or learning opportunities, or do you just want to interact more effectively with blind and partially sighted people?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is "yes", then we believe we can help through our Vision Impairment awareness training programme.

Our courses are not just "off the shelf" packages, but are tailored to the particular needs of the client. They are also delivered by blind and partially sighted people so that you get the "real" experience and, as well as providing specific information about sight loss, the training will help to improve your overall customer service.

"The interactive nature of your training made it really effective and all staff that attended said how beneficial it was because it was relevant to them."

To find out more, or to book a specific course, please contact Masuma Ali (CEO), via:
T: 020 3697 6464
M: 07952 658614

For further information, you can also download our Vision Impairment Awareness Training leaflet here:
Word version
Reading layout (PDF version)
Print layout (PDF version)

Weekly update

This section contains a brief bullet point list to show what East London Vision staff and volunteers have been up to during the last 7 days.

The following information is for week commencing 6 February:-

  • Attended the Hackney Technology and New Age Curling even
  • Attended Beyond Sight Loss Group Meeting- interesting speakers from Real talking about their service and independent payments.
  • In partnership with East London & City Local Optical Committee delivered the last vision impairment awareness training session to health professionals in Newham, funded by Newham Community Education Provider Network
  • Visited the Crisis Centre in Spitalfields to learn about their service of providing free eye tests to homeless people
  • Interviewed for the Social Media Intern post



    A full list of current and past news items can be found on the News page, but below are the most up-to-date headlines: 


Added 16th February: Sight Action Havering 2nd Taster Session on Technology

Added 15th February: High Rope Activities Taster Session with ELVis and Metro

Added 15th February: Free Arts and Crafts Day with ELVis

Added 15th February: Free Sports Taster Day in Tower Hamlets Run by Sense

Added 8th February: ELVis Members Learn to Ski at Milton Keynes!

Added 6th February: ELVis Chosen to be Part of Co-op Local Community Fund

Added 3rd February:  Monthly tennis Camp for blind and partially sighted people 

Added 1st February: Free Climbing Sessions Run by Sense

Added 1st February: Deafblind UK's 2017 Programme for the Creative Arts

Added 1st February: New Dance and Exercise Activities with SELVis

Added 16th January: Chess club in Bromley by Bow





 For more updates please visit the News page, or follow us on Facebook at ELVis




High Rope Activities Taster Session with ELVis and Metro

If you are experiencing any form of sight loss and live in any of the boroughs covered by ELVis, we would like to make sure that you are aware of: up-to-date information, new equipment, events and organisations that operate in your area. There is nothing worse than when people say to us "I wish I'd known about that before", especially when we could have told you. We will not bombard you with information, we will probably only be in touch twice a year.

If you would like us to keep you informed in this way, then please complete the form below and we will put your details on our database, but we will not share these with any other organisation without your permission:

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