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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. 

Children's artwork welcomed by care homes

Children are being encouraged to draw what see from their window

 

What’s the view from your window?

Children are being encouraged to draw what they can see from their window, and to post or email that artwork to Royal Blind care homes for older people.

“We’d love to share children's artwork with the older people staying in our care,” said Stephanie Kirkwood, Meaningful Activities coordinator at Jenny’s Well care home.

Posted: 26/03/2020 | Education, Care for Older People

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Royal Blind providing child care for 'key worker' staff in nursing and care

Royal Blind providing child care for 'key worker' staff in nursing and care

Children attending Royal Blind's new child care provision are finding the bright side of recent dark times.

Scottish schools have closed, leaving many of our nursing and care staff requiring child care for their children. 

We need our staff more than ever. The people with visual impairments who we care for need one-on-one support during this difficult time.

So, we’ve made arrangements so existing after-school care staff can care for our nursing and care staff's children, during this crucial time.

Posted: 25/03/2020 | Education, Care for Older People

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A telephone service for families

A Jenny's Well resdients write a message for her loved ones

A telephone service for families

Royal Blind staff are working hard to keep care home residents in touch with their families.

As per government advice, family visits to residents at Royal Blind’s care homes and residential units have been suspended.

This protocol protects care home residents because the risk of visitors unintentionally transmitting the COVID-19 virus to care home residents is removed.

Posted: 24/03/2020 | Care for Older People

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Braille Lego bricks for Royal Blind School pupils

Braille Lego bricks for Royal Blind School pupils

The Royal Blind School was chosen by the LEGO Foundation to try out the first braille Lego bricks in the world.

Lego have created a new braille version of its famous bricks which have been made especially for young people who have a vision impairment.

Each coloured block features a braille letter made from the familiar Lego circular studs, as well as a printed letter. Also included are numbers and some maths symbols. The bricks have been handmade but will go into mass production around the world this year 

Posted: 10/02/2020 | Education

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Full contact rugby for fans

The VISER tactile board used at rugby games

Forget Fitbit – two of the rugby fans at Saturday’s Scotland vs England rugby match had their fingers on the pulse of the game using the “Tactile Board System”.

The board is an A3-size diagram of the pitch.  Raised lines indicate the edges of the pitch, the halfway line, the 10 and 22-metre lines and the try lines.

Volunteers watching the game move the hands of the person with vision impairment across the board to indicate players’ positions, and the movement of the ball.

Posted: 05/02/2020

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Achieve a goal using the 20 in 2020 Challenge!

Achieve a goal using the 20 in 2020 Challenge!

New Years resolutions can be a difficult to keep – especially come February.

However, having a fundraising goal can be a great way to keep yourself motivated!   

Kerry Lindsay, our Head of Fundraising, has pledged to climb 20 Munros in 2020 -- both keeping fit and raising funds.

Your efforts make a difference for people with vision impairments.

Do any of the ideas below appeal to you?

Posted: 05/02/2020

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Your fundraising can be worth 50% more!

Your fundraising can be worth 50% more!

Why not put your best foot forward in 2020 and sign up to one of the Kiltwalks.

This year the funds you raise will receive a whopping 50% top up from the Hunter Foundation, which organises the Kiltwalks.

Meaning if you raise £100, Royal Blind will receive £150! 

We have free places for the first 20 people to sign up to either the Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee or Edinburgh Kiltwalk. 

Don’t delay read more to find out how you can become part of Team Royal Blind 2020.
 

Posted: 05/02/2020

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Friday night fun for Forward Vision

Friday night fun for Forward Vision

Forward Vision residents, care staff and their families came together for a winter Ceilidh recently. 

Smiles spread across residents’ faces as the band played and those in wheelchairs whirled across the Prestonfield Golf Club floor. 

Attendees enjoyed a hearty of spread of savouries, sandwiches and haggis bon bons.

Supported by Royal Blind care staff and families, the dancing continued until 9.30pm, when weary heads retired for the night.

Thanks to all who helped organise and those who supported this wonderful night out!

 

Posted: 04/02/2020 | Adult Services

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Arabian Nights for the Royal Blind School Xmas show

Arabian Nights for the Royal Blind School Xmas show

Arabian Nights at the Royal Blind Christmas show.

Pupils and staff produced a fantastic ‘Arabian Nights’ Christmas show for family and friends at the Royal Blind School. The Christmas show at the school is always a highlight of the year and an opportunity for family, friends and staff to gather together and celebrate the end of term.

Posted: 18/12/2019 | Education, Child Care

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Royal Blind launches braille and audio versions of inspiring Humans of Scotland book

Humans of Scotland

A book telling a series of powerful short stories about the everyday lives of people with disabilities is now available in braille and audio.

Royal Blind is proud to present the audio and braille versions of Humans of Scotland by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (ALLIANCE).

Posted: 19/11/2019

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