A Century of Expanding Horizons: Scottish War Blinded holds its first Committee Meeting on Monday 14 April 1915

Posted: 14/04/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

One hundred years ago today the inaugural Scottish War Blinded Committee meeting was held at Nicholson Street, Edinburgh on Monday 14 April 1915.

The meeting set out the charity’s strategic objectives to provide rehabilitation, vocational skills training and emotional support to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One.

Here are the objectives which were set out:


  • To provide rehabilitation and vocational skills training to servicemen returning to Scotland, in receipt of a war pension as a result of incurring a life changing visual impairments


  • To establish a rehabilitation and vocational skills training centre in Edinburgh for blinded servicemen returning to Scotland from World War One


  • To develop partnerships with veterans charities and Scottish societies for the blind to raise awareness of Scottish War Blinded services


  • To apply for War Office recognition as the Scottish National Institution for the Rehabilitation and Training of Scottish War Blinded


  • To submit applications to the National Relief Fund and Scottish Red Cross Society for grants to meet expenses and launch an appeal to the public for subscriptions


A century on, Scottish War Blinded not only supports veterans who have lost their sight in service, but also those who have developed significant visual impairments in subsequent later life. As membership has evolved, so has the services Scottish War Blinded provide today building on the charity’s strong historical origins.

Do you know a visually impaired veteran of the Armed Forces? Guide them to us: guidethem.org