Access to the arts is about equality of opportunity, and quality of life. VocalEyes works with theatres and museums to ensure that blind and partially sighted people can enjoy things that sighted people take for granted, and can share cultural experiences with friends and family.
VocalEyes is part-funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (2015-18). We are a registered charity and rely also on support from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations to ensure that we can deliver audio description, training and advice to the art and heritage sector to the high standard expected of us, and at fees affordable to the widest range of venues – not only the West End theatres and national museums and galleries in London, but also small local and independent museums and theatres across the UK.
How your money could help
- £20 would cover the cost of Braille and Large Print cast lists for an audio described performance
- £50 would pay for 20 Braille newsletters
- £100 would cover the cost of a headset that a blind/partially sighted person uses to listen to the audio description during a performance
- £200 would cover the cost of half a day’s recording session for our audio introductions for a theatre performance
- £400 would cover the cost for a full day’s recording session of our audio introductions for a theatre performance
- £500 would cover the cost of producing one issue of our audio CD newsletter
- £1,000 would cover all the costs of an audio-described performance
- £1,500 would cover the cost of producing one issue of the large print version of our newsletter
You can make a one-off or regular monthly gift, or fundraise for VocalEyes using JustGiving.
Alternatively, you can send a cheque to VocalEyes, 54 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
Or set up a Standing Order, using our Standing Order form.
Regular giving helps us to plan ahead with confidence.
Gift Aid: If you are a standard rate taxpayer, you can increase the value of your donation (at no cost to you) by a quarter by completing a Gift Aid form. In other words, for every £1 donated, VocalEyes can claim an extra 25p.
Savoo: you search, they donate
Use Savoo’s search engine instead of Google for your online search queries, select VocalEyes as your cause, and Savoo will donate a penny to us for every search you make. You can also get the latest deals and voucher codes from over 2,000 retailers like Amazon, Sainsbury’s and New Look, and they will donate to us at no extra cost to you. Register with Savoo and select VocalEyes here.
If you earn a salary, or if your pension is paid via PAYE, making a commitment to giving is very simple. With Give As You Earn – the UK’s largest payroll giving scheme – you can give directly from your pre-tax salary, so money that would normally go to the taxman goes to charity instead.
Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you’re a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p. Payroll Giving is a valuable, long term source of revenue, that provides us with regular income that helps us budget and plan ahead more effectively.
Leave a Legacy
Leaving a gift to charity in your Will is a great way of ensuring that the charity’s work will continue after your death. There are two main methods of leaving gifts to charity in your Will:
A Specific Gift: This could be a specified sum of money, or maybe an item such as jewellery, stocks or property.
A Residuary Gift: After remembering family and friends, you may like to leave some or all of what is left over to charity.
One of the benefits to you is that any charitable gift made in this way is exempt from Inheritance Tax.
Your solicitor is best placed to advise you on the most efficient way to leave a charitable gift, according to your wishes and resources.
A legacy to VocalEyes will ensure that the work of making the arts and heritage increasingly accessible to blind and partially-sighted people continues. This means that they will be able to enjoy, with friends and family, all the events and outings that sighted people take for granted.
This is a scheme which benefits charities by way of gifts of shares. Many people have small holdings of shares which would cost more to sell than they are worth. These donated shares are re-registered and aggregated until there are enough to sell, and the proceeds are donated to charities.
You can find out more by contacting the Share Gift Scheme on 020 7930 3737
Trusts and Foundations
Support from Trusts and Foundations is critical to our ongoing work, enabling us to subsidise our service delivery making it affordable to arts and heritage organisations, develop new research proposals, work alongside and train the best audio describers, trainers and consultants, and ensure thousands of blind and partially sighted audiences enjoy and access arts and heritage venues every year.
The business community has also been supportive of our work, and there are several ways that your business could help:
- Support a research project
- Support a Training Day for our describers and trainers
- Support a series of audio-described performances
- Support our newsletter, Braille, print, audio CDs
Recognition will be given on the VocalEyes website, social media and in the newsletters
Donors will have the satisfaction of being associated with a unique and valuable organisation which is in the forefront of increasing access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people.