Scottish War Blinded to construct new centre in Paisley to support veterans with sight loss in the West of Scotland

Posted: 03/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded will construct a new centre In Paisley to support veterans of the Armed Forces with sight loss.

The new Scottish War Blinded centre will enable visually impaired veterans to benefit from a range of free facilities, including an art, crafts and woodwork studio, an IT suite, gym and sports hall. Mobility and rehabilitation support will be on offer to assist veterans in re-gaining or maintaining independence through the use of low vision aids, long cane training and learning to use remaining sight.

This will be the second Scottish War Blinded centre. The first, in West Lothian, continues to thrive and be a fantastic place for Scottish War Blinded members to meet and gain new skills and friendships. 

On the same site, Scottish War Blinded’s sister charity, Royal Blind, will construct a new care home for visually impaired older people. The new 54 bedroom nursing home will provide the same high level of nursing care for older people with visual impairments in the West of Scotland that the charity provides at Braeside House in Edinburgh.

Construction is due to commence in January 2016 and the two new buildings are planned to open in mid-2017. It is expected that the new care home and centre for veterans of the armed forces with sight loss will create around 100 new jobs.