There are so many support groups working to support blind and partially sighted people at a local, regional and national level, it’s difficult to know where to look. The following organisations are a good starting off point:
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity for people with sight loss. Its website is full of useful information on how to come to terms with sight loss and practical ways to live independently.
The RNIB’s helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 5.30pm. The number is 0303 123 9999, with calls costing no more than a standard rate call to an 01 or 02 number. You can also email helpline staff (email@example.com).
Action for Blind People
Action for Blind People is another national charity that provides blind and partially sighted people with practical and emotional advice and support.
The charity works in conjunction with RNIB to offer support and information about the day-to-day realities of life with a visual impairment, such as adjusting your home to make it easier to get around.
Other national charities
- The Macular Society – helpline: 0300 3030 111
- International Glaucoma Association – helpline: 01233 64 8170
- RP Fighting Blindness – helpline: 0845 123 2354 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diabetes UK – 0345 123 2399 or email: email@example.com
- Blind Veterans UK – 020 7723 5021
There are also many local voluntary organisations around the country that help and support people with vision problems. You can search by postcode on a website called Visionary to find local support organisations near you.