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Volunteers Week 2020

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Volunteers' Week is held between the 1st and 7th of June every year. It is the week in which we recognise volunteers and give thanks for the fantastic contribution that they make.

Posted: 01/06/2020

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Volunteer Week 2020

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Volunteers' Week is held between the 1st and 7th of June every year. It is the week in which we recognise volunteers and give thanks for the fantastic contribution that they make.

Posted: 01/06/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Watch our Q & A With Professor Jason Leitch

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It's with great pleasure that we broadcast our Q & A with the National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch.

Hosted by our CEO Mark O'Donnell, Jason addresses questions posed by members of our community which are most important to them under the current circumstances.

Posted: 21/05/2020

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We're taking your questions for Professor Jason Leitch

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Next week we will be broadcasting a Q & A with Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director at the Scottish Government around the COVID-19 outbreak and government guidance.

Posted: 14/05/2020

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Glasgow Class, Royal Blind School: Lockdown Blog

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Since the school closed because of Covid-19, our fantastic staff members have been working extremely hard to get pupils and their family members set up at home with the things they need to continue their learning.

Through the use of video calling and online resources, our pupils have been continuing to learn subjects such as Maths, English, Independent Living Skills, Mobility and Music. 

In this blog, pupils from Glasgow class - Joe Carberry, Andrew Pettigrew, Connor Simpson and Namarra - share their top tips for how to cope during lockdown, as well as share what they have been getting up to to home.

Posted: 11/05/2020 | Education

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Sun & ice creams for care home residents

Sun & ice creams for care home residents

Residents at Royal Blind's care homes are taking advantage of the lovely spring weather while social distancing measures continue.

Braeside House residents enjoyed some delicious choc-ice ice creams last week,  while Jenny’s Well residents went for strolls around the care home grounds.

Care staff are following social distancing procedures to ensure residents safety.

Posted: 26/04/2020 | Care for Older People

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Visors helping keep residents and staff safe

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Royal Blind has been working with a community hero to get additional personal protective equipment for staff.

Transparent visors are being used to reduce the risk posed by coughs at Forward Vision — Royal Blind’s residential service for adults with a visual impairment and additional disabilities.

Posted: 17/04/2020 | Adult Services

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Why we need more support for blind and partially sighted people during the coronavirus crisis

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Former Royal Blind School pupil, Vicky Haylott is a singer-songwriter and former music teacher, while her husband Robbie is a software engineer. They are both completely blind. The couple live in Dalkeith with their three children: Aiden, 14, who has no vision and attends the Royal Blind School, and seven-year-old twins, Blake and Freya, who are both sighted. They believe they are among many blind and partially sighted people who feel abandoned in the midst of the measures being taken to deal with the impact of coronavirus.

Posted: 15/04/2020

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LISTEN TO: How Royal Blind services are continuing during COVID-19

LISTEN TO: How Royal Blind services are continuing during COVID-19

Our Director of Services Hawys Kilday featured on RNIB Connect Radio recently.

Hawys speaks about how we are continuing to support our service users during the health crisis.

Posted: 10/04/2020 | Education, Adult Services, Care for Older People

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WATCH: Our urgent appeal for help

WATCH: Our urgent appeal for help

 

Nicola Dow, Deputy Manager at Royal Blind's care home Jenny's Well, is asking supporters to dig deep and support Royal Blind's urgent appeal if they can.

"Together with our care home in Edinburgh, we are going through roughly 200 face masks per day to care for our residents," Nicola says.

Watch Nicola's video to learn more.

Posted: 09/04/2020 | Care for Older People

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