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, Head of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
Mobile: 07713 987 797

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Minister meets disabled workers celebrating Scottish Braille Press success

Minister for Business Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn views an audio booth

Press Release | 27/02/2019

On Tuesday 26 February, employees at the Scottish Braille Press met with Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills to discuss how disabled workers are benefiting from the expansion of the successful social enterprise. Over the last ten years the business has tripled its turnover to over £3 million, and after moving to larger new premises in Edinburgh last year has been able to increase its staff.

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Charities combine to combat sight and hearing loss

Scottish War Blinded Member Isa Scott with the new sight and hearing loss guide.

Press Release | 08/01/2019

Three of Scotland’s leading charities have combined forces to raise awareness among Scotland’s veterans of the need to act swiftly if they are having problems with their hearing or vision. Scotland's Veterans Commissioner has welcomed the collaboration by Scottish War Blinded, Age Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, who have jointly called for action to raise awareness among veterans of the risks of losing their sight or hearing.

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MSPs visit Scotland’s “excellent” Royal Blind School

MSPs visit Scotland’s “excellent” Royal Blind School

Press Release | 13/12/2018

MSPs discussed specialist school education for blind and partially sighted pupils on a visit to the Royal Blind School

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Food safety award for Jenny’s Well

Councillors present staff with award

Press Release | 05/12/2018

A care home for blind and partially sighted older people has been presented with a prestigious food safety award.

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Royal Blind School rated ‘excellent’ in Education Scotland inspection

pupil lolly laughs with teacher

Press Release | 27/11/2018

A school for children and young people with vision impairment has been praised for its ‘outstanding positive learning environment’ following an inspection by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

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New Directors for Scotland's largest sight loss charity

hawys kilday portrait

Press Release | 26/11/2018

Scotland’s largest vision impairment organisation has announced the appointment of two new Directors as it celebrates its 225th Anniversary.

Hawys Kilday (pictured top right), currently Assistant Director of Children’s Services for Barnardos, has been appointed to the position of Director of Services by Royal Blind. Stephen Coulter (bottom right) will take up the role of Director of Corporate Resources, a position shared by Royal Blind and its sister charity, Scottish War Blinded.

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Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded celebrate Living Wage commitment

Living Wage badge

Press Release | 08/11/2018

Scotland’s largest vision impairment organisation has been recognised for paying its staff the real living wage.

Royal Blind and its sister charity Scottish War Blinded, which have their head office in Edinburgh, have been awarded Living Wage accreditation by Living Wage Scotland.

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Royal Blind celebrates 225 anniversary at Scottish Parliament

A man collects a 225 book from a staff member

Press Release | 25/10/2018

One of Scotland’s oldest charities has marked 225 years supporting blind and partially sighted people.

Royal Blind held a reception for its supporters, staff and service users at the Scottish Parliament yesterday. The event was hosted by Stuart McMillan MSP.

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Charity calls for level playing field in learning for blind and partially sighted pupils

A pupil at the Royal Blind School with a teacher.

Press Release | 23/10/2018

Today (Tuesday 23 October), Scotland’s largest sight loss charity is launching a new campaign calling for better chances in education for pupils with vision impairment. Royal Blind is taking forward its campaign “Our Vision for Equal Education” which highlights the need for increased support in Scotland’s schools for blind and partially sighted pupils.

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Media statement - Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Royal Blind School

Press Release | 13/09/2018

Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive of Royal Blind said:

“We are very saddened to learn that the Royal Blind School has been added to the list of establishments which are currently the focus of an investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. We will be fully co-operating with the process.

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