Rebuilding Lives After Sight Loss
Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for ex-Service men and women with severe sight loss. Founded in 1915 and previously known as St Dunstan’s, Blind Veterans UK has supported more than 35,000 Armed Forces and National Service veterans to rebuild their lives after sight loss. They help veterans to learn vital life skills and giving them the tools they need to be safe in their own homes. This is accomplished by giving veterans free rehabilitation, training and support they need to live independent lives.
Their beneficiaries range from National Service veterans who lost their sight later in life due to age-related conditions, to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans blinded on duty. It doesn’t matter when a veteran served or how they lost their sight, they can help. Services to carers and family members, whether in the form of information and advice or by simply giving them the opportunity to take a break can also be provided.
Blind Veterans UK has a network of community support teams all over the UK who give blind veterans the rehabilitation and training they need closer to them, either in their own home or in their local area. They organise activities and events such as lunches, reunions and clubs, which gives our veterans the opportunity to be part of a community with a shared experience. With two dedicated centres in Brighton and Llandudno that provide vital rehabilitation, training and respite care to promote independence and well-being. As well as providing free specialist equipment, they also support veterans to find new hobbies such as cooking, art and craft or a new sport.
Currently supporting over 4,700 vision-impaired veterans, which is more than ever before in the charity’s history, they know there are many more who need and deserve their help, and as they enter the second century of service, they remain committed to a belief that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone.
Contacting Blind Veterans UK
If you, or someone you know, believes they are entitled to receive Blind Veterans UK’s free lifelong support you can call them free on 0800 389 7979. More information about receiving Blind Veterans UK’s support, including the criteria required, can be found here.