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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  17th April :-


  • Attended the Hackney  Museum with various members from Hackney and other groups followed by lunch

  • Attended the Sight Action Havering Taster Session on card Making

  • Attended the ActivEyes Breakfast Club

  • Attended the VIPON outing to the Natural history Museum

  • Attended Beyond Sight Loss Management Committee Meeting

  • Attended the Virgin Money London Marathon to support ELVis’s runner, Louise Fairhurst


 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 24th April: Why Getting Active Matters: Masuma's Story

Added 24th April: Beyond Sight Loss Quiz Night

Added 20th April: Louise's Story: Our Marathon Runner Talks about Why She's Running for ELVis

Added 13th April: ELVis is joining in on the fun of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, with Louise Fairhurst as our runner

Added 13th April: Masuma Ali's Account of Cross Country Skiing whilst on Annual Leave

Added 13th April: Take Part in Research on VI-Accessible Graphs and Charts

Added 4th April: Come and Try White Water Rafting with ELVis and Metro Blind Sport!

Added 4th April: High Ropes Adventure at Outdoors in the City

Added 31st March: Living Paintings, a Local Party and Chocolate: What Our Local Societies Have Been Getting Up To This Month

Added 31st March: Arts and Crafts Day at ELVis

Added 27th March:  Mobile  Therapist

Added 27th March:  Monthly tennis Camp for blind and partially sighted people 

Added 27th March: ELVis Chosen to be Part of Co-op Local Community Fund

Added 23rd March: Have Your Say on Local Services in Hackney

Added 23rd March: Online Today Training Events

Added 14th March: Introduction to Using Technology for the Visually Impaired

Added 13th March: Chess club in Bromley by Bow

Added 13th March: Free Sports Taster Day in Tower Hamlets Run by Sense


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

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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