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Useful organisations

This section of DLF Data contains details of numerous voluntary organisations, Government agencies, support groups and other contacts that may be useful to older and disabled people and their carers. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing. If you would like to be added to the database please complete these questions.

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Blind/Blindness

Provides services for blind and partially sighted people in the areas of work, leisure, housing, accommodation, information and advice and grants to individuals.

Address:

  • 53 Sandgate Street
  • London
  • SE15 1LE

Provides support for those affected by Alstrom Syndrome, their carers and professionals working with them. Offers help with gaining access to medical assessments, provides quarterly medical screening clinics, raise funds for research, help and advice with educational, social and benefit problems, support to families from families who live with the syndrome. They publish a quarterly newsletter, provide an annual family conference.

Address:

  • 31 Shearwater Drive
  • Torquay
  • TQ2 7TL

Aims to support its members throughout their student and working lives, providing advice and information, newsletters and a magazine concerning education and employment issues. Advices educational establishments, local and central government and campaigns on behalf of visually impaired people. An annual conference and other events are held during the year.

Address:

  • B.M. Box 6727
  • London
  • WC1N 3XX

Help children and their families tackle the challenges of young sight loss so that they can enjoy their childhood and realise their potential as adults. Services include: practical and emotional support, information and advice and mobility and life skills training. Provide access to grants for technology and equipment and produce large print books.

Address:

  • Hillfields
  • Reading Road
  • Reading
  • RG7 3YG

Provides Armed Forces and National Service veterans with sight loss with person-centred services and tailored support. Work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.

Address:

  • 12-14 Harcourt Street
  • London
  • W1H 4HD

Governing and co-ordinating body for sport in the UK for blind and partially sighted people. Main responsibilities include: organising and developing sports activities ranging from grass roots to national events and championships; providing information and advice on sport; acting as an advocate to maximise the quality and quantity of sporting activity available; making grants to support sporting activity; selecting teams for international competition, particularly European and World Championship and Paralympics. Publishes a quarterly newsletter 'Target'.

Address:

  • Pure Offices, Plato Close
  • Tachbrook Park
  • CV34 6WE

Self-help group of visually impaired computer professionals and users. Website includes the BCAB brochure with information on its aims and objectives, its services, annual subscription and how to become a member. The Association's Constitution is also available on this site. Runs training courses for visually impaired people and the website includes details of forthcoming courses. The BCAB email list, administered at the University of Manchester, is open to BCAB members and other interested parties.

Address:

  • c/o Dawes & Sutton
  • 4 Millicent Road
  • Nottingham
  • NG2 7LD

Provides audio equipment which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss. Radios are available on free loan to blind and partially sighted people who meet their criteria.

Address:

  • 10 Albion Place
  • Maidstone
  • ME14 5DZ

Aims to improve the quality of life of blind, partially sighted and disabled people of all ages by providing a free postal library of unabridged recorded books on MP3 CD disks, USB memory sticks and cassettes that can be played back on a commercially available listening device.

Address:

  • New Road
  • Western Turville
  • Aylesbury
  • HP22 5XQ

National organisation run by disabled people. Some people do not respect the rights of disabled people. Deaf and blind people with learning disabilities are often forgotten about. Fights for the rights of learning disabled people, especially people with learning disabilities who are deaf or blind.

Address:

  • 4th Floor, Calls Landing
  • 36-38 The Calls
  • Leeds
  • LS2 7EW

Postal lending library of mainstream children's books with added Braille. The books all have Braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for children with sight loss and sighted children and adults to share. There are over 13,000 books, including tactile board books, simple stories for young children and books for newly fluent readers.

Address:

  • 61 Princes Way
  • SW19 6JB

Aims to provide blind and partially sighted people with a comparable range of magazines to that available in print for sighted young people. People unable to read magazines due to other physical disabilities may also be eligible for this service on payment of postage. They also help organisations meet their responsibilities. Applications should be made through local Social Services department.

Address:

  • 18 Crowhill Road
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Glasgow
  • G64 1QY

Works to improve the independence and levels of achievement for blind and partially sighted people of all ages, through provision of specialist or suitably adapted electronic equipment, where no statutory or personal resources are available. Applicants must be registered blind or partially sighted and may apply either directly or through Social Services.

Address:

Fight for Sight is the UK's leading charity commited to funding world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.

Address:

  • 18 Mansell Street
  • London
  • E1 8AA

Enhance the mobility, independence, and quality of life of visually impaired people by providing guide dogs and other services.

Address:

  • Hillfields
  • Burghfield Common
  • Reading
  • RG7 3YG

Produces free audio information for people who are blind or partially sighted on subjects that directly affect living with sight loss.

Address:

  • PO Box 20
  • Brighton
  • BN2 7XX

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma. Formed in 1974, the Association is recognised as the leding UK charity dedicated to fighting glaucoma and as an authority on the disease. Our mission is to raise awareness of glaucoma, promote research related to its early diagnosis and treatment and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them. The Association is funded entirely by its members, friends, corporate and trust donors and receives no government or statutory funding. Patients and medical professionals can order our free information leaflets and booklets as well as our Sightline (helpline) cards by contacting us on 01233 64 81 64 or visiting www.glaucoma-association.com

Address:

  • Woodcote House
  • 15 Highpoint Business Village
  • Ashford
  • TN24 8DH

Provides caring sheltered housing to improve the quality of life, maximise freedom of choice, respect dignity at all times and help achieve independent living for visually and physically disabled people.

Address:

  • 35 Langstone Way
  • Mill HIll East
  • London
  • NW7 1GT

Charity that provides information and supports people with Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, their families and carers. Produces newsletters, holds an annual family conference, and co-operates with research relevant to the Syndrome.

Address:

  • 10 High Cross Road
  • Rogerstone
  • Newport
  • NP10 9AD

A free postal lending library of Touch to See books for adults and children with sight loss. Special versions of pictures with raised surfaces come to life when fingers feel them. Soundtracks direct the fingers, telling the stories of the pictures and describing their features. Colour versions are included which can be shared with sighted friends and family. The Library Catalogue is extensive and covers fun, exciting and informative topics designed for all ages. You can view the catalogue on the website or phone and ask for a copy to be sent.

Address:

  • Unit 8 Kingsclere Park
  • Kingsclere
  • Newbury
  • RG20 4SW

Self help organisation concerned with all matters relating to blind people. Campaigns for a more generous disability allowance, improved employment opportunities, a safer environment and integrated education. Run a 'Get Street Wise Campaign' which is seeking to increase public awareness of the growing problem of pavement pollution, which concerns not only blind and partially people, but elderly, deaf and disabled people, as well as parents with prams or push chairs. Produce 'Viewpoint' - a quarterly magazine, available in Braille, large print and audio tape. 'Fedtalk' - a quarterly tape-only magazine free to all members.

Address:

Provides a music reference library and a weekly service of loaned tapes to blind and partially sighted people, from a record library of over 5.5 million items on 78's, LPs, singles, CDs and tapes, including programmes of music, stories and plays. A monthly programme is sent free of charge to blind and partially sighted listeners. New members can join free on recommendation by their GP, social services, health trust, or societies.

Address:

  • 2 High Park Road
  • Southport
  • Merseyside
  • PR9 7QL

OPAC is an organisation which provides information & advice to visually impaired members of the African/Caribbean community, in the areas of welfare benefits, housing, employment, training, immigration & access to information on a wide range of issues. Its aims & objectives are stated as follows; - to support & advise visually impaired African/Caribbeans on matters affecting their lives - to represent visually impaired African/Caribbeans to mainstream & voluntary service providers so that their interests are promoted & protected - to offer training & education so that visually impaired African/Caribbeans can take up opportunities in the areas of employment or self-employment - to provide a focus for visually impaired African/Caribbeans for mutual support, networking & social services

Address:

  • Gloucester House
  • 8 Camberwell New Road
  • London
  • SE5 0RZ

Helps partially sighted people to make the best possible use of their remaining sight. Activities include providing information and advice, providing vision equipment, printing and enlargement services and promotes local contact and setting up of self-help groups.

Address:

  • Head Office 7/9 Bennetthorpe
  • Doncaster
  • DN2 6AA

Helps people with sight loss, and those who support them, to enjoy reading in accessible formats.

Address:

National charity which aims to achieve a better quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Activities include campaigning and lobbying; raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss; medical and technical research and care services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional needs.

Address:

  • 105 Judd Street
  • London
  • WC1H 9NE

Postal library service for blind and partially sighted people, of any age, offering a wide range of professionally recorded books on special easy to use playback equipment. The library is open every weekday from 8am to 5pm. There is an annual membership subsciption often paid by Local Authority. Information on current subscription rates may be obtained from RNIB Talking Book service, Customer Services office.

Address:

  • PO Box 173
  • Peterborough
  • PE2 6WS

National provider of Education, Training and Employment for people who are blind and partially sighted. Range of services offered includes a family support service which includes a purpose built pre-school and specialist support workers at Great Ormond Street and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Education from pre-school to further education, based at Dorton House School and Dorton College of Further Education. The School and College offer residential and day places. The Society's training division, Dorton Training Services, based in London, provides, rehabilitation and vocational training, whilst the Industrial Services offers employment and training opportunities in Engineering. The Society's Employment Services offers support into and during employment through its Workbridge operations. The Department also provides support for homeworkers and people employed under the sheltered Placement Scheme.

Address:

  • Dorton House
  • Wildernesse Avenue
  • Seal, Sevenoaks
  • TN15 0EB

Funds research into Retinitis Pigmentosa in many centres, in the UK and abroad. Runs a welfare committee to offer help, encouragement and guidance to distressed members. Publishes an annual handbook.

Address:

  • P.O. Box 350
  • Buckingham
  • MK18 1GZ

Aim to find a treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) by raising funds for medical and scientific research. They provide key information and support services to people with RP, their families, and anyone with an interest in the condition via their website, quarterly magazine, and through a range of leaflets and booklets. Provide support through a network of local groups linking people together socially and in times of need. They have a Helpline (telephone and email).

Address:

  • PO Box 350
  • Buckingham
  • MK18 1GZ

Work with blind and partially sighted people and provide services to enable more independent lives, including information, support and advice, professional assessment of needs and a resource centre.

Address:

  • Rentwood
  • School Lane
  • Leatherhead
  • KT22 9JX

Organisation that represents the interests of local Talking Newspapers in the UK. Provides information, guidance and help to local Talking Newspapers across the UK, helps Talking Newspapers provide a comprehensive local news service to blind and partially sighted people, provides people with information and contact details.

Address:

  • 145 Victoria Road
  • Old Town
  • Swindon
  • SN1 3BU

Provide newspapers and magazines in alternative formats for those people who cannot read printed material, including the visually impaired and otherwise disabled people. A subscription service offering over 200 titles nationally. Over 1,100 titles available from local groups mainly on audio tape.

Address:

  • National Recording Centre
  • Heathfield
  • TN21 8DB

Provides support for parents with a child born without eyes or underdeveloped eyes through raising awareness, encouraging support between families, and providing financial assistance to MACS families who need to purchase equipment or services to help meet their specific needs.

Address:

  • PO Box 92
  • Holyhead
  • LL65 9AW

Produces Christian literature in braille, giant print and on cassette tape. This includes magazines, booklets, hymnbooks and Scriptures. Also provides a meeting place for blind people by means of Torch Fellowship Groups in 150 locations around the British Isles. Holidays and houseparties are also provided at Torch House, Hallaton and especially at Little Torch, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. Postal lending libraries of Christian books in braille, giant print, and audio cassette are also based at Torch House, Hallaton. Also provide Torch Talk service, a telephone friendship service.

Address:

  • Torch House
  • Torch Way
  • Market Harborough
  • LE16 9HL

Aims to improve facilities and services for young adults who have a visual impairment, and improve their quality of life by providing/promoting continuing education in social skills, daily living skills and other special training.

Address:

  • TriGate
  • 210-222 Hagley Road West
  • Oldbury
  • B68 0NP

Charity that provides local support and services to people of all ages living with a vision impairment in Cheshire and North Wales. Promote the independence of individuals living with sight loss and raise awareness of the needs of people with a visual impairment.

Address:

  • Units 1 & 2 The Ropeworks
  • Whipcord Lane
  • Chester
  • CH1 4DZ

Carries out research, teaching and training, and provide advice and resources in the area of visual impairment and education. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm.

Address:

  • School of Education
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham
  • B15 2TT

Aims to enable blind and partially sighted people to experience live theatre through developing the art of audio description. Provides an audio description service, which is a live verbal commentary that describes the stage, set, characters, costumes, facial expression, body language and action during silent intervals in a piece of theatre.

Address:

  • First Floor
  • 54 Commercial Street
  • London
  • E1 6LT

Aims to enable and empower visually impaired people in Wales. Services include training in visual awareness, technical information, welfare rights, sporting activities, ophthalmic referee service, and a transcription service.

Address:

  • 3rd Floor
  • Shand House
  • Cardiff
  • CF24 0DB

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