RNIB annual report and accounts 20082009

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RNIB annual report and accounts 2008/2009

This Trustees’ report and the financial statements have been prepared in

    accordance with the “Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) –

    Accounting and Reporting by Charities” as revised in March 2005. The

    contents of the report are as set out here.


    ? RNIB’s top five achievements of 2008/09

    ? Introduction

    ? Structure and objectives

    Our legal structure

    How we were managed

    RNIB Membership

    Our registered office

    Statement of Trustees’ responsibilities

    Our vision and mission

    Achieving our mission

    Relationships with other charities

    Changes to the way we are managed from April 2009

    ? Who’s who in RNIB

    Patron, President and Vice-Presidents

    Honorary Officers

    Chief Executive Officer and Group Directors

    Professional advisors

    Board of Trustees

    Assembly members

    ? Our work in 2008/09

    Stopping people losing their sight unnecessarily

    Supporting people to get the education, jobs and income they deserve

    Increase access to TV, culture and information

    Enabling people to get support and become independent

    Strengthening our voice and impact

    You’re amazing

    Financial review

    Introducing RNIB’s new strategy 2009/14: to end the isolation of sight loss

    ? Independent Auditors’ report to the Trustees of RNIB

    ? Financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2009

    Consolidated statement of financial activities for the year ended 31 March


    Balance sheets at 31 March 2009

    Consolidated cashflow statement for the year ended 31 March 2009

    Notes to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31

    March 2009

? Your support makes a difference

? Supported by

? Contact details

RNIB’s top five achievements of 2008/09

Last year we set the following targets...

    1. Offer personalised support and advice to 70,000 people losing their sight.

    Since the launch of our new helpline in November 2008, over 2,000 people have contacted us every day for personalised advice and support, Talking Books, products and much more. This includes 1,500 individuals who opted for an in-depth “Quality of life” check.

    2. Make everyday life easier through our information, specialist products and audio, braille and large print books.

    Everyday life was made easier last year for the 150,000 people who purchased a specially designed RNIB product. Two hundred years on from Louis Braille's birth, braille is very much alive. We spent ?1 million on new equipment meaning more magazines, books and documents. In addition, our much-loved Talking Book and other library services have grown from strength to strength with 43,000 people enjoying the world of reading thanks to RNIB.

    3. Ensure that children get access to the school curriculum and launch Work Focus to support blind and partially sighted adults to find and keep their jobs.

    After years of campaigning by RNIB, Government is now funding a pilot project in England to improve the availability of textbooks in braille, audio and large print. Progress is slow, and we know that children are still missing out, so we are pursuing this vigorously throughout the UK. Work Focus has had an impressive start, with more than 170 job seekers benefiting from tailored support and training and over 42 new jobs secured.

    4. Ensure that everyone losing their sight due to wet AMD receives new sight saving treatments on the NHS and launch a new programme to detect glaucoma.

    We were delighted that final guidance was issued to the NHS in August 2008, giving free access to the new sight-saving drugs to people with wet AMD, which affects 26,000 people in the UK every year. Innovative programmes for local communities and the siblings of people with glaucoma are underway, so that the people most at risk have essential information to protect their sight.

    5. Work with organisations and professionals to deliver the ambitions of the UK Vision Strategy.

    We have taken a big step forward in the first year of the UK Vision Strategy in making the UK a better place for anyone losing their sight. The ambitions of

    the strategy are beginning to become reality through a brand new action pack for local eye health service providers and sturdy implementation plans for all parts of the UK. This implementation will be furthered by the Association between RNIB and Action for Blind People.


It really was a remarkable year. It’s not every year that we put right a long-

    standing injustice that will result in an extra ?45million a year for people with severe sight impairment. That’s just what we did when we persuaded the Government to allow people with severe sight impairment to claim more from the Disability Living Allowance to help with getting out and about and independence.

It’s not every year that we can celebrate the end of two-and-a-half-year

    campaign for fair access to sight-saving treatments. That’s just what

    happened when NICE issued its final set of guidance for wet AMD in August 2008. It has given hope to the 26,000 people diagnosed every year with the UK’s most common eye condition.

    It’s not every year that we join forces with a major charity for blind and partially sighted people. That’s just what we did with our partnership with

    Action for Blind People, which became an Associate Charity of RNIB in April 2009. By combining our regional support across England we will share our skills, knowledge and expertise to reach more blind and partially sighted people than ever before.

    This review marks the end of our 2005/09 strategy period. It's been a truly amazing time during which we've transformed RNIB into an organisation led by our members and customers with some incredible successes along the way. This review includes a small selection of what we've achieved in 2008/09 with the unwavering support of our partners, donors, volunteers and members. It is also the last time that we will be introducing this report together, as Colin Low stepped down as Chairman in July 2009. The successes of this year and the last nine years are testament to Colin’s contribution to RNIB and to improving the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

    Whilst we celebrate these successes we know we still have so much more to do and so despite a global recession and challenging financial times ahead we feel that now is the time for really ambitious goals. As we enter our new five-year strategy 2009/14 we'll focus our energies on three priorities: to stop people losing their sight unnecessarily, to support people to lead independent lives and to make society a more inclusive place for blind and partially sighted people.

To build on our success we need everyone to play their part staff, donors,

    volunteers and blind and partially sighted members. With your support, we

    can help people who have lost their sight, find their lives again.

Lord Low of Dalston CBE


Lesley-Anne Alexander

    Chief Executive

Structure and objectives

Our legal structure

    The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a registered charity, number 226227, in England and Wales; and number SCO39316 in Scotland. Established in 1868, RNIB was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1949, with a Supplemental Charter in 1993 (revised in 2002).

    RNIB is governed by a Trustee Board of 24 that meets a minimum of six times a year and takes all important strategic, policy and financial decisions. The Board is supported by an Assembly consisting of representatives of stakeholder organisations, representatives from RNIB’s country governance

    structures and the wider RNIB membership. The purpose of the Assembly is to provide an opportunity to debate issues of importance to the organisation and to contribute to thinking in advance of decisions being made by the Board, allow the views of other organizations to be represented, elect members of committees, and elect 40 per cent of Board members.

    The revisions to the supplemental charter and bylaws required that a majority of the Trustee Board, Assembly and wider membership, are themselves blind or partially sighted.

How we were managed

    During 2008/09 the Board was supported by a number of committees, the key ones of which were:

    ? Access and Innovation Committee

    ? Audit Committee

    ? Direct Services Committee

    ? Executive Committee

    ? Fundraising Sub-Committee

    ? Governance Committee

    ? Human Resources Sub-Committee

    ? Investments Sub-Committee

    ? Policy and Advocacy Committee

    ? Remuneration Committee

    ? RNIB Cymru Committee

    ? RNIB Northern Ireland Committee

    ? RNIB Scotland Committee

    ? Schools and Colleges Sub-Committee.

    RNIB’s schools and colleges have their own governing bodies.

    The day-to-day management of RNIB is delegated to the Strategic Management Team, comprising the Chief Executive, and Group Directors of Access and Innovation; Devolved Services; Direct Services; Fundraising; Policy and Advocacy; and Resources.

    The Chief Executive, with the support of the Group Directors, reports to the Board of Trustees which approves major decisions and has overall responsibility for RNIB’s activities. Details of the Strategic Management Team

    can be found in the section “Who’s who in RNIB”. There are no restrictions on the way in which the charity can operate.

     RNIB Membership

    The aim of RNIB’s membership scheme is to bring an increasing number of blind and partially sighted people into a wider RNIB community, so that they can receive information and support, and influence the priorities of RNIB.

    At March 2009 we had 10,400 members receiving the membership magazine “Vision” every two months and benefiting from services such as opportunities

    to meet other members at special events or in telephone groups and the automatic state benefits check for all new members aged over 60.

Our registered office

    We are registered at 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE, telephone 020 7388 1266.

Statement of Trustees’ responsibilities

    The trustees are responsible for preparing the Trustees’ Annual Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).

    The law applicable to charities in England and Wales requires the trustees to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the charity and of the incoming resources and application of resources of the charity for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the trustees are required to:

    ? Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently. ? Observe the methods and principles in the Charities SORP. ? Make judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent. ? State whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed,

    subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial


? Prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is

    inappropriate to presume that the charity will continue in business.

The trustees confirm that they have complied with the above requirements in

    preparing the financial statements.

The trustees are responsible for keeping proper accounting records that

    disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the

    charity and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with

    the Charities Act 1993, the Charity (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008

    and the provisions of the trust deed. They are also responsible for

    safeguarding the assets of the charity and hence for taking reasonable steps

    for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

The trustees are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the charity

    and financial information included on the charity’s website. Legislation in the

    United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial

    statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

     Our vision and mission

    Our work starts from our vision:

    “A world where people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the

    same rights, responsibilities, opportunities and quality of life as people

    who are sighted.”

    Our mission is:

    “To challenge blindness by empowering people who are blind or

    partially sighted, removing the barriers they face and helping to prevent


There are around two million people in the UK living with a sight problem.

Achieving our mission

    Operating across the UK we take an holistic, comprehensive view of the full

    range of needs of blind and partially sighted children and adults and the

    barriers they face. When reviewing our aims and objectives we have referred

    to the Charity Commission’s general guidance on public benefit.

RNIB believes it needs to:

    Campaign. Speaking out loudly with the voice of blind and partially sighted

    people to government, professionals, policy makers, and a host of other

    organisations to bring about positive change.

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