About Sightbox Trust

Dedicated to Investing in Visually Impaired Students

Bringing joy to the visually impaired


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Sightbox Trust was founded in Liverpool, Merseyside to provide resources and assistance to visually impaired people. Our founder, Dr John. A. Patterson was originally an engineer and retrained as a teacher.

He works in Merseyside and was seconded onto an Objective One programme to write innovative projects to raise educational standards across a Mersey footprint.

This secured him with a senior lecturer position at Liverpool Hope University, lecturing on teacher education pathways as head of physical education and secondments to teach on master’s courses attached to entrepreneurial learning.


St. Vincent’s has been consistently graded across the school and residential as ‘Outstanding’ by HM Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and has received recognition by the High Sheriff of Liverpool Award, the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, and a Liverpool John Moore’s University Corporate Award. The school is a directly licenced centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.



As a hub for VI teaching and learning, research, and innovation, St. Vincent’s is constantly engaging new ideas for Sightbox 


1. Sightbox                £500

Sightbox is intended for a group of pupils and is to be attached to a surrounding and supportive curriculum provided by St. Vincent’s staff and pupils designed to engage creativity and link to innovation and enterprise.

It includes:

  • Goalball
  • Boccia Grid
  • Boccia Balls
  • Running Tethers
  • Blindfolds
  • Other Various Balls
  • parachute canopy

2. Sightbag             £50

Sightbag is intended for an individual pupil to foster independence and be used as a stepping stone into a surrounding and supportive Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum in collaboration with St. Vincent’s staff and pupils.

It includes:

  • Sound Ball
  • Running Line
  • Blindfolds

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