Royal Blind Blog

Read about the people that we support and the services that we provide on our blog. You can also find out about forthcoming events and ways to support us. 

AGM bids farewell to Board Members

Douglas Osler receiving farewell gift from Gwenn McCreath

It was the final AGM for Chair, Douglas Osler, who formally stepped down after 11 years.

Posted: 23/10/2014 | 0 Comments


Run for Royal Blind in 2015

Cropped image of runner

Three great events, one excellent cause. Run for Royal Blind with a free charity place in either Kilomathon Scotland, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival or the Scottish Half Marathon. 

Posted: 16/10/2014 | 0 Comments


Dennis Robertson MSP says Braille is about more than books

Dennis Robertson MSP and his guide dog, Mr Q, in the Scottish Parliament

Scottish politician Dennis Robertson, the first blind Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), talks to Royal Blind about why Braille is still so important to him in everyday life, despite the advances in technologies.

Posted: 09/10/2014 | 0 Comments


Braille: A Dotted History

Braille Text

Braille is a code by which all languages may be written and read. Through its use, people who are blind or visually impaired can read the written word.

Posted: 08/10/2014 | 0 Comments


Jenni Fagan talks books and Braille

Jenni Fagan launches National Braille Week

To launch National Braille week we met award winning writer of The Panopticon Jenni Fagan, on a bright and blustery Portobello Beach. Jenni was speaking at the Portobello Book Festival but took time out to support National Braille Week and discuss her work with writers who have visual impairments.

Posted: 07/10/2014 | 0 Comments


A Brailliant visit from Sue Reid Sexton!

Sue Reid Sexton reading at the Royal Blind School

This year's National Braille Week got off to a flying start with support from two leading authors. Granta Best Young British Novelist Jenni Fagan launched the week during the Portobello Book Festival (more here), then we had a fantastic visit to our services from historical novelist Sue Reid Sexton.

Posted: 07/10/2014 | 0 Comments | Education


Spot the Dots for National Braille Week!

Spot the Dots for National Braille Week!

It's time for National Braille Week 2014!

There are many ways to get involved - but one of them is to tweet or send us photos of braille that you spot in everyday life for our #spotthedot gallery!

Posted: 06/10/2014 | 0 Comments


Forward Vision's Tearoom a Big Success

cupcakes at Cranberry Tearoom

The coming of the chilly Autumn weather offers a great excuse to get stuck into afternoon tea and tasty home baking – so there were plenty of cakes and cuppas consumed at Forward Vision’s latest Cranberry Tearoom.

Posted: 01/10/2014 | 0 Comments | Supported Accommodation


National Braille Week: celebrate all things dotty

a braille press

Every year Royal Blind dedicates a week to the dots. National Braille Week raises awareness of the tactile code that cracked open the written world to millions of blind and partially sighted people across the world. The week will take place from October 6 – 12 this year, coinciding with World Sight Day on Thursday 9th October, and we encourage as many people as possible to get involved and help us spread the word on braille and other alternative formats.

Posted: 03/09/2014 | 0 Comments


On your marks… get set… Road Block Run

On your marks… get set… Road Block Run

Ready to run for Royal Blind? We have charity places available in Edinburgh’s zany Road Block Run.

Posted: 25/08/2014 | 0 Comments