EyeCan 2016

Nominate an inspirational person now!

Due to the huge success of Lancashire’s and Sefton’s first ever EyeCan Awards last year, we are delighted to announce that the 2016 EyeCan Awards will take place on early next year.

It’s estimated that over 163,000 people are living with sight loss across the North West. Local blind societies like Galloway’s, see daily examples of courage and perseverance to overcome the devastation of sight loss. 

The awards were established because we wanted to celebrate what can be achieved by people of all ages when they are given the right opportunities, encouragement and support.

 New for 2016

Last year, we were inundated with nominations from and about some amazing people.  Unfortunately, we had to discount some as they lived or worked outside of Sefton and Lancashire.  So, this year we’ve decided to extend the catchment area to the whole of the North West (Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Merseyside). We feel that this gives us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements even more incredible people.


 All nominees will be acknowledged after the closing date, including those who don’t make the shortlist. Don’t delay in letting somebody know you think they’re inspirational, nominate them today! You can download a nomination form by clicking here and returning it to us, or simply by using the online form at the bottom of this page.

Young Person AwardRecognises inspirational visually impaired young people, up to the age of 25, who have overcome difficulties and inspired others.

Volunteer AwardRecognises the contribution of non-visually impaired volunteers who have given their time and experience in an unpaid capacity for the benefit of visually impaired people. This could be volunteering locally to support a charity’s work, giving time to help others or organising a charitable activity for the benefit of the visually impaired community.

Sports Person AwardCelebrates those who have competed at the top of their field or inspired others in the world of sport. They may be a sports person themselves, have used their talents to coach others to achieve their best, or be someone who has gained confidence and independence through taking part in a sport. This award can be for an individual or a team.

Artistic Talent AwardRecognises visually impaired people who have shown a unique creative talent and achievement and dedication in the visual or performing arts. They may have achieved this themselves or used their vision and ability to coach others to achieve their aims.

Fundraising AwardRecognises someone, who has been a champion in raising funds and the profile of a visual impairment charity through hard work and dedication and funds raised.

Business AwardRecognises businesses that have gone the extra mile to make their business/services accessible and the use of good practice for people living with sight loss.

Education Award – Recognises those who have helped and inspired others through education or training or who have shown a dedication and commitment to helping visually impaired people develop new skills and independence through education

Community Award – Recognises visually impaired people who have made a difference in their local community through their work or social interaction. This might be in a one-to-one or personal capacity or through raising awareness of visual impairment in the wider community

Carer AwardRecognises the hard work and dedication that carers devote to visually impaired people. Nominees could be a family member or an employee who cares for a visually impaired person

Lifetime Achievement Award – Recognises someone who has dedicated a large part of their working life and or/ spare time to improve the lives of local people living with sight loss.

Overall most inspirational person Award – This award is decided upon by the judges and is not open to public nomination.

The Event 

The EyeCan Awards Evening will consist of a three course meal, a guest speaker and much more. Tickets will go on sale after the closing date. If you would like any further information on the 2016 EyeCan Awards then please contact Emma on 01772 744148 or email emma.russ@galloways.org.uk

Nomination Form


Eyecan 2016 Nomination Form