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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 10th October  :-


  • Attended a Committee Meeting with Sight Action Havering
  • Attended VI bowls session, run at the WBBC in Lloyd Park
  • Held the Living with Sight Loss course, in partnership with Action for Blind, at the ELVis offices
  • Attended the SocialEyes monthly meeting
  • Attended Waltham Forest Vision AGM
  • Attended Beyond Barriers Group Meeting
  • Attended ActivEyes Bowling trip


 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 19th October: Motivate East Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Sports Sessions

Added 17th September:BlindAid Hackney Project

Added 30th September: Book your Place for our ELVis Rock Climbing Session!

Added 30th September: ELVis Chosen to be Part of Co-op Local Community Fund

Added 26th September: Tower Hamlets Vision Strategy Group Runs Week of Eye Health Events

Added 19th September: Healthier Hackney Programme

Added 9th September Great Run Local, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park VI taster sessions

Added 2nd September: ELVis Members 'thoroughly enjoyed' their VI Bowls Season

Added 1st September: ELVis Groups go on Thames River Cruise and visit Royal Naval College Museum

Added 19th August: Chess club starting in Bromley by Bow

Added 19th August: RLSB Blindfold and Guide Running Taster Sessions at Lee Valley VeloPark




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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