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ForSight: a venue for everyone at Queen's Crescent

Visibility Scotland owns a four and two-storey adjoined, corner position townhouse in the Woodlands area of Glasgow’s West End. Our large building has been underused for many years. Pre Covid we considered selling and moving to purpose-built premises. However, during the pandemic, we have taken time to review the needs of our service users and the local community. During this time, we have developed a new vision.

Our plan: ForSight

Visibility Scotland has an ambitious plan to transform our building into a dual purpose energy-efficient space, encompassing both a Centre of Excellence for Visual Impairment and a vibrant, accessible community space for local residents and organisations.

Our Vision – Project ForSight will provide:

  1. A digital education centre and shop: Dedicated to providing advice and ‘hands on’ equipment demonstrations to visually impaired people with an emphasis on employability skills training.
  2. A specialist accessible conference/board room: Providing dual sensory loss digital equipment that can be used and rented out locally for online conferences, filming and recording.
  3. A commercial community café: A social firm operated by visually impaired people and local volunteers. Only one in four visually impaired people are in employment. The skills learnt at the café and employment training programme will provide opportunities rarely available in mainstream organisations. The café will be multi-functional, providing an accessible venue space for events for the whole community.
  4. ForSight Centre of Excellence: This will become the backbone of our charitable free services, enabling forms of specialist therapy to be delivered to visually impaired people regardless of income or circumstances and free to healthcare providers.

We have recently appointed consultants to review the physical condition and potential of the building, the availability of grant funding for its development and refurbishment and the feasibility of our project. We have also submitted a 1.3 million funding bid to The Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Fund.

At this present time, we are carrying out a £10,000 feasibility study, funded by The Architectural Heritage Fund.

We would love to hear what you think about our ambitious ideas. If you would like to share your thoughts on our plans for the building, please complete one of our surveys below. There are three options; a survey for local residents in the Woodlands and Woodside area, a survey for our service users (people living with a visual impairment in Glasgow and beyond) and a survey for professional stakeholders.

A Venue for Everyone at Queen’s Crescent: Local Community Survey (this survey is for residents of Woodlands and Woodside)

A Venue for Everyone at Queen’s Crescent: Service User Survey (this survey is for people living with a visual impairment in Glasgow and beyond)

A Venue for Everyone at Queen’s Crescent: Stakeholder Survey (this survey is for professional stakeholders)

If you have any questions, require assistance to complete the survey or would like to speak to a member of staff about the ForSight project please call 0141 332 4632 or email us.

At Visibility Scotland we know, you don’t need sight to have vision!

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