Youth engagement

Haggeye is our award-winning forum that gives young people with sight loss aged 12 to 25 a voice.

Haggeye is at the forefront of RNIB Scotland’s youth engagement strategy.

How Haggeye empowers young people

The forum provides a friendly and supportive platform which helps young people raise awareness of what it is like to be blind or partially sighted. The forum enables its members to:

  • campaign for change
  • influence the provision of services
  • meet new people and make new friends
  • take part in social activities
  • discuss and share issues of concern to them

“Stop for me, Speak to me campaign”

Bus services can be the only way for blind and partially sighted people to get around. But eight out of ten respondents in a recent RNIB survey said they had often missed the bus they wanted because they could not see to hail it down. Over half said they struggled to get vital information like route numbers and destinations from bus drivers. Our "Stop for me, Speak to me" bus campaign aims to secure major progress from bus operators on these crucial access issues. Haggeye are supporting this campaign by doing their bit in Scotland.

Awards and successes

Since its launch in 2008, Haggeye has won a Young Scot Award, a Diana Award, a Youthlink award, and a Philip Lawrence Award for "establishing an atmosphere of trust between generations and cultures". In 2010, it was one of only three organisations chosen to promote civic participation by the Scottish Parliament.

Haggazine

The quarterly ‘Haggazine’ publication aims to raise the profile of sight loss in general, combat stigma, provide a voice for young blind and partially sighted people, offer information, advice and interesting articles, and promote opportunities.

This free colour magazine is written by and for blind and partially sighted young people, and produced in audio, braille and 24-point size as standard.

Contact Haggeye

Mo Colvin, RNIB Scotland's youth engagement officer, manages the project. If you would like to know more about Haggeye, please contact Mo on 0131 652 3146 or email mo.colvin@rnib.org.uk.

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