EyeCan Awards 2017

Nominate an inspirational person now!

Due to the huge success of Lancashire and Sefton’s first ever EyeCan Awards last year, we are delighted to announce that the EyeCan Awards will take place in June 2017.

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

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

 New for 2017

In 2015, 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.  The deadline for submitting nominations is midnight Sunday 28th May.

1) Young Person Award

This category recognises inspirational visually impaired young people (age 25 and under), throughout the North West who have overcome the difficulties of sight loss and inspired others.

2) Volunteer Award

This category recognises volunteers (sighted or visually impaired) who have given their time and experience in an unpaid capacity for the benefit of those with sight loss. This could be volunteering to support a local sight loss charity, giving time to help others, or organising a charitable activity (if that activity is to raise money, please nominate in Fundraising Award)

3) Sports Award

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

4) Eye Health Professional Award

Someone who has shown dedication and enthusiasm through their work in the eye health sector, and who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their role. This person could be an Optometrist, Orthoptist, a ROVI, an ECLO, Nurse or Ophthalmologist..

5) Fundraising Award

Someone who has been a champion in raising funds for, and raising the profile of, a visual impairment charity through hard work and dedication to that chosen charity.

6) Business Award

Nominees in this category will have gone that extra mile to make their business/service accessible to people who are visually impaired and demonstrated the use of good practice for people living with sight loss.

7) Education Award

This category recognises people who have inspired others through education or training.  They may have gone on to help and inspire others or have shown dedication and commitment to helping visually impaired people develop new skills and independence through education.

8) Sight Loss Sector Colleague Award

This category recognises the dedication of those working in the charitable sight loss sector. They may work for a Blind Society, for Guide Dogs for the Blind, for RNIB or for another sight loss charity. This person could be nominated by their line manager, by a colleague, or by a service user.

9) In Work Award

This category recognizes the impact that visually impaired people can make in paid employment.  Whether having set up their own business, or employed by someone else, this person will have achieved great things in their career and not let visual impairment get in their way.

10) Inspirational Achievment Award

In this award, the judging panel will celebrate the outstanding achievements of someone who has shown commitment above and beyond the call of duty in the sight loss sector.  It could be someone who has dedicated many years of their working or personal life to improving the lives of people living with sight loss.  Or it could be someone who through one action or short-term activity, has achieved something extraordinarily inspiring.

This category is NOT open to public nomination

The Event 

This year’s awards will be held at Wellington Park in Leyland. The evening includes a 3 course meal with guest VIP speaker, BBC Political Correspondent Kevin Fitzpatrick and prestigious awards ceremony. Tickets are on sale now priced at £10. To buy tickets or for any further information on the  Awards then please contact Emma on 01772 744148 or email emma.russ@galloways.org.uk

Nomination Form

Eyecan 2017 Nomination Form