February 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the Conference of Ophthalmic Optician Representatives of Local Optical Committees resolving to establish a Central (Local Optical Committee) Fund.
The Fund collected Voluntary levies through LOCs to support the task of co-ordinating the work and activities of local optical committees, and providing them with necessary help and guidance. This task was initially performed by the AOP at the request of The Joint Committee of Ophthalmic Opticians.
The basic concept of the Fund was to use the money raised in a manner which would benefit the whole of the profession and not one particular interest.
That purpose remains unchanged 50 years later.