About Us 2018-01-02T11:58:12+00:00

About Us

IRIS is a local charity established by local visually impaired people which takes its name from the ambitions they expressed when they formed the organization in the early 1990s – to achieve Independence and Rehabilitation for those with Impaired Sight.

It became a registered charity in March 1995 and a few years later acquired its own premises in Chapel Street, Crewe, which also houses our tenants – Crewe & Nantwich Talking Newspapers. You can still see the celebratory plaque there! From here a variety of services are run for (and often provided by) visually impaired people, and you can find out more about these by browsing the rest of this web site. Better still, why not visit us to see for yourself. We are situated not far from Crewe town centre, and about 10 minutes walk from the railway station – there’s a map if you visit the Contact us page.

Governance

IRIS first registered with the Charity Commission in 1995 as the IRIS Resource Centre before reviewing its governance structure and adopting the Commission’s model constitution as IRIS Vision Cheshire to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2013, registration number 1153034. The organisation has charitable objectives ‘to promote the relief of visually impaired people in any manner which now or hereafter may be deemed by law to be charitable within the County of Cheshire and adjacent districts’. IRIS is governed by a Board of nine trustees which meets bi-monthly, with alternate bi-monthly meetings of its Finance & Staffing Committee. Details of its trustees and its annual report and accounts are available on the Charity Commission website

National relationships

IRIS is a trading partner of the RNIB and a full member of Visionary, the national charity which links local sight loss charities.

Join us

IRIS runs a membership scheme for friends and supporters for a small charge of £12pa which we use to help defray some of the costs of running the IRIS Centre. Members have free access to our social and recreational facilities, and also receive a regular newsletter. To apply for membership ring the IRIS office or email to info@iriscentre.org.uk.
Receptionist answering the phone whilst working on her computer An elderly lady reading a book with help from an Iris Vision staff member