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ClearVision Christmas cards

The weather's getting colder, the leaves are falling... and people are thinking of Christmas! If you'd like to support ClearVision, why not choose our beautiful Barn Owl cards? They're £3 for a pack of 10, plus postage and packing. The message inside reads "Season's Greetings". Contact the office on or 0208 789 9575 to purchase some and help us get more books to the families who rely on our service.

Are You Our New Fundraiser?

ClearVision is looking for a new Chief Fundraiser!

7.5hrs per week, potential for flexible working, salary £8467 pro rata, £42,336 FTE (spine point 35 on NJC payscale). Either office-based or from home after initial settling-in period, or both!

We’re looking for an energetic, professional individual with strong communication skills and great organisation, who can hit the ground running and build on our existing relationships with a variety of donors.

The successful candidate will have proven experience of successfully generating income from trusts and foundations and ideally at least one aspect of public fundraising, such as individual giving, legacy, or community fundraising programmes. Their writing and marketing skills must be excellent, and they’ll have the ability to tailor their approach to increase income from and build great relationships with a variety of audiences. This individual will be a confident ‘people person’ with the ability to network and tell ClearVision’s story. We’re a small team so flexibility and a ‘can do’ attitude are a must. We’re looking for someone with a good understanding of the current fundraising sector and a thirst for challenge, as well as a genuine interest in equality and education.

In return we offer interesting, impactful work with variety and space to grow; flexible working (including the option to work from home following an initial familiarisation period in the office); 28 days’ leave plus bank holidays (pro rata); pay tied to local government pay scales; a 5% pension contribution and supportive environment, including generous, people-focused policies. You can find more information about ClearVision here: AboutTheClearVisionLibrary.docx

To apply for this exciting and rewarding post please send us your CV, which should give a complete work history and explanation for any gaps, and a supporting statement. This should be of no more than 2 sides of A4, explaining how your experience and knowledge fit the criteria of the Role Description and the Person Specification. Please include the contact details of two referees, and your completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

Equality and inclusion are the reasons ClearVision exists; we would be delighted to receive applications from candidates from under-represented groups. We guarantee interviews to disabled candidates meeting the minimum requirements. Please contact us regarding reasonable adjustments, require the application documents in another format or if you have questions about the role.

Closing date: midnight Wednesday 2nd November 2022
Interviews: week commencing 7th November and 14th November
Start date: immediate/following necessary notice period and background checks

Could YOU make a tactile book?

Clearvision is home to the UK's only lending library of books with textured tactile pictures. This means that all the illustrations are made up of different materials, which feel like the object they're representing, for example, a tree would have rough material for its bark, and cool, smooth fabric for the leaves.

Tactile book showing Guide Dog WittyIn the picture on the right here, Guide Dog Witty has a soft furry coat and a shiny nylon and rough leather harness. These pictures are great for helping children understand the purpose of illustrations: to represent something from the real world (or someone's imagination) in a book. They're also a lot of fun! Many children, and adults too, love tactile pictures, and we're delighted to be able to lend these books through nurseries, schools, colleges and Sensory Support Services. The majority of our books are made by volunteers., who create them through sewing or collage.

We're put putting on some free Zoom workshops on how to make a tactile book, ahead of the Typhlo and Tactus international tactile book competition. Anyone can give it a go. They're running at 8pm on Monday 17th January, and Tuesday 1st February 2022. They’re all the same (so you only need to sign up for one!) and will run for one and a half to two hours. Signup for each closes three days before the class, email to book a place.

In the mean time, visit our Making Tactile Books webpage for the basics and see the videos below.

Tactile books: what they are and who they’re for

Designing a tactile book:

Making a tactile book: practicalities

Support ClearVision By Christmas Card!

ClearVision's beautiful Barn Owl Christmas cards go on sale today. They're £3 for a pack of 10, plus postage and packing. Contact the office on or 0208 789 9575 to buy some and support our work, getting brilliant books to the children and families who need them.

Wonderful job opportunity: ClearVision library Administrator

We’re hiring! ClearVision's long-serving Library Administrator is retiring, and the search is on for our new Library Administrator. This is a lovely job, getting to choose and send books to all the families, individuals, schools, libraries and Sensory Support Services which ClearVision supports. It also involves supporting families and organisations with their memberships and cataloguing new books. You don't have to know braille!

15 hours per week. £9,540 per annum (£23,850 full time equivalent), based in our library in Southfields, London.

To apply for this enjoyable and rewarding post please complete and return the Library Administrator application form with reference to the Job Description, Person Specification and Information About ClearVision. Please also send us your equality and diversity monitoring form. You can email them to or send them to our postal address. Please contact us if you have difficulties accessing any of these documents, would like them in another format (for example, without boxes or tables) or if you’d like us to post you hard copies.

The closing date for applications is midnight 30th November, shortlisting will take place in the first week of December with interviews in the week commencing 6th December. The selected candidate will be subject to an enhanced check by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, previously known as a CRB or Criminal Records Bureau check).

ClearVision is an Equal Opportunities employer. See our Equal Opportunities and diversity policy statement.

We hope you -or someone you know- will want to apply for this interesting role with our unique library service.

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