Royal Blind Press Releases

Our press office handles all media enquiries for Royal Blind and our sister charity Scottish War Blinded.

The team drives news and feature articles in addition to providing a timely, efficient and reactive media service. 

Contact:

Davina Shiell, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
Mobile: 07713 987 7970

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Charity concern over rising attainment gap for blind and partially sighted pupils

Pupil and teacher in a classroom at the Royal Blind School

Press Release | 25/02/2020

Today Royal Blind has raised concerns over new figures which show a widening gap for pupils with visual impairment progressing to positive destinations compared to pupils without additional support needs.  The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that there has been a decrease in the number of pupils with visual impairment who progress to higher education, training or employment. 

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Charities call for urgent action in budget for disabled pupils

Picture a pupil at the Royal Blind School using a Braille keyboard

Press Release | 04/02/2020

A call for urgent action in the Scottish Government’s budget to provide better support for disabled pupils has been made by charities working with pupils with additional support needs. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, the National Deaf Children’s Society, the National Autistic Society Scotland, and Royal Blind are campaigning for improved access to specialist support.

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Dancing on Ice Star and past Royal Blind pupil Libby Clegg talks about her latest challenge

Dancing on Ice Star and past Royal Blind pupil Libby Clegg talks about her latest challenge

Press Release

New star of Dancing on Ice and former Royal Blind School pupil, Libby Clegg, has spoken to the Sunday Post about her time at the school.

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New study finds people left to cope alone with emotional impact of sight loss

Picture of Kirin Saeed

Press Release | 22/12/2019

The mental health problems that arise from sight loss are too often sidelined, leaving people to cope with depression and anxiety on their own according to a major new study published today. Sight loss can have a significant emotional and psychological impact on people’s lives, with fear, isolation, loss of self-esteem and depression having an impact. 

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Braeside Resident celebrates 100th birthday

Mary with her birthday card from the Queen

Press Release | 16/12/2019

The big 100 for Braeside resident Mary Mullen

Braeside resident Mary Mullen celebrated her 100th birthday with a card  from the Queen and a party full of family and friends who came from far and wide to celebrate with her.

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New Chair for Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded

Michael Craig

Press Release | 05/12/2019

New Chair for Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded

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Braeside House win at Scottish Care Awards

Pat Gibson with her award and balloons

Press Release

A senior carer at Royal Blind’s care home for older people, Braeside House in Liberton has won a coveted award at the Scottish Care Awards.

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Royal Blind pupils visit Lady Haig's Poppy Factory

Pupil Aiden making a poppy. Picture courtesty Royal Regiment of Scotland

Press Release | 07/11/2019

Royal Blind pupils try their hand at making poppies at Edinburgh’s Poppy Factory.

Four pupils from the Royal Blind School visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.  Bo, Rebeka, Jay and Aiden were given a tour of the factory and met several of the ex-servicemen and women who live there.

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Call for action as people with sight loss miss out on Self-directed Support

A resident and carer choosing fruit from a plate

Press Release | 07/11/2019

Research by Scotland’s biggest sight loss charity Royal Blind has revealed low awareness among blind and partially sighted people of the Scottish Government’s flagship social care policy.

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Royal Blind to provide vision impairment education support services in Orkney.

Royal Blind to provide vision impairment education support services in Orkney.

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The Royal Blind School has been awarded the contract to deliver Orkney Islands Council’s vision impairment education service for the next year.

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