Royal Blind Blog

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Our new policy function

John Swinney MSP talks to a pupil during a visit to the Royal Blind School

Our new policy function

By Richard Baker, Policy Manager

With the number of people living with sight loss in Scotland expected to double by 2050 in line with population ageing, it is more important than ever to ensure that the challenges facing vision impaired people are taken into account by politicians and other decision makers. 

Posted: 14/02/2018


Clowning around: Dr Mousse and Dr Cous Cous visit Royal Blind School

Pupil smiles at camera as clown plays instrument
The Clowndoctors paid a visit to the Royal Blind School to entertain pupils with songs, games and lots of laughter. 

Dr Mousse and Dr Cous Cous dropped in on classes throughout the day on Wednesday. 

Posted: 31/01/2018 | Education


Braeside House residents create their Playlists for Life

Staff hold Playlist for Life plaque

Music is a powerful force. It can affect the way we think and the way we move. It can also bring back treasured memories, and this is why staff at Braeside House have joined forces with Playlist for Life (PFL), a charity which supports the creation of personal playlists to enhance memories in people with dementia.

Posted: 04/01/2018 | Care for Older People


Loony Dook: Fundraiser to brave freezing River Forth on New Year’s Day

Robert wears a Royal Blind t shirt and stands with the bridges in the background

A dedicated fundraiser will take a daring dip in the freezing River Forth on New Years Day to support Royal Blind – for the fourth year running! 

Robert Kelly, of Dumbarton, will be one of around a thousand people to take part in the Loony Dook, a Hogmanay tradition in which participants plunge themselves into the icy waters from South Queensferry High Street. 

Posted: 19/12/2017


Pupils wow in performance of the Odyssey for Christmas Show

Teacher and pupil dressed as pirates brandish pretend cutlises

Pupils and staff of the Royal Blind School have delivered a stunning performance of the Odyssey for their annual Christmas Show. 

Posted: 18/12/2017 | Education


Banking on success: Lewis trials accessible features at Bank of Scotland

Lewis smiles at the camera

Royal Blind School pupil, Lewis, visited the Bank of Scotland in Morningside for a tour of the branch to test out the bank’s accessible features and to learn more about he can access banking.

Posted: 29/11/2017 | Education


HR Professionals raise £7,500 for Royal Blind with glitzy gala dinner

Winners smile at the camera

HR Professionals from across the country helped raise more than £7,500 for Royal Blind with a glitzy awards dinner.

Posted: 24/11/2017


‘Home’: Pupils discuss what makes them feel proud to live in Scotland

scotword workshop at royal blind school

Beautiful scenery, free education, and Irn Bru are all reasons to be proud to live in Scotland – according to Royal Blind School pupils.

Posted: 23/11/2017 | Education


Support the Royal Blind School's Courtyards Project

Lolly, pupil, laughing

The Royal Blind School is launching a campaign to transform its outdoor spaces to create inspiring and engaging outdoor areas for learning and play.

Posted: 21/11/2017 | Education


Royal Blind School presented with Eat Safe Award

Eat Safe logo

The Royal Blind School has been presented with an award for excellent food hygiene standards.

Posted: 16/11/2017 | Education