Jackie Powers

Chief Executive

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I am originally from Zimbabwe but have been working in Southampton based charities for the last 20 years developing services that can help people to live fulfilling lives. My previous experience ranges from supporting and developing gymnastics across the city, working with young people to address social issues hindering their development and supporting disadvantaged people to progress into employment. I am now enjoying working at Southampton Sight developing new services for people living with sight loss in Southampton and the surrounding areas and ensuring our legacy for the future.

Mandy Swift

Services Manager

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I have worked at Southampton Sight since 2009 and in my current role I manage the Low Vision Hub to ensure that our services have real impact and result in a positive change to the lives of people living with sight loss in Southampton and the surrounding area. 

I have met lots of extraordinary individuals over the past 12 years and am passionate about making a real difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

I was born and have lived in Southampton all my life. My hobbies include playing golf and riding my old British motorcycle.

Sonia Taulbut

Sight Loss Advisor

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I have been working at Southampton Sight since 2013. During my time here I have had a variety of titles and even though my roles have changed, what has remained constant is the satisfaction that I get to know that I may have made a positive difference to someones day.  

My current role as Sight Loss Advisor means that I still do all of the things I did before but includes overseeing the Monday Activity Group means I have the privilege of spending time with our amazing members and wonderful volunteers. 

Angela Fielder

Sight Loss Advisor

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The centre has been part of my life, since the 70’s, my in-laws were actively involved and I have many fond memories.

I started voluntary work in 2015, helping with the Wednesday social and children’s group. A great experience and lots of fun.

I became Kate’s support worker, which gave me an opportunity, to become actively involved with various projects. Helping her with 1:1 appointments, carrying out Sight Loss Awareness courses to Junior Dr’s, Care Homes, The Eye Unit & numerous schools.

In 2021 I became a Sight loss Advisor, returning after lockdown, welcoming back our members and overseeing the Wednesday social group session is a great privilege. I am passionate about fulfilling this role and enjoy all aspects of my new job.   

Kris Gibson

Sight Loss Advisor

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Although originally from the Midlands, I have lived and worked in Southampton now for many years and feel a true connection with the local community, and so it is a great joy to be a Sight Loss Advisor here at Southampton Sight. Having been born with a degenerative eye condition myself, it is fair to say I come with a lifetime’s experience. I believe passionately that the loss of sight does not mean the loss of life and strive to meet the needs of others to support independent and full living.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing the guitar, keeping fit, movies and music. I have a healthy curiosity for most things and am always looking for my next obsession. For me, life is not about what I cannot do, but discovering what I can achieve. The best way to enable others is to enable myself, and I strive to say yes wherever and whenever possible. After all, in this brave new world of high-tech wizardry, where there’s a will, there’s an app!

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