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, Director of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
Mobile: 07713 987 7970

Email Davina

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray back braille book giveaway

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray back braille book giveaway

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Two of Scotland's most popular crime writers are supporting Royal Blind’s move to give away 50 free braille books during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray are among the authors whose novels are available in braille as part of the giveaway.

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Senior Execs take on 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for key workers

Senior Execs take on 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for key workers

Press Release | 27/04/2020

Royal Blind’s leaders are getting into their exercise gear for the 2.6 Challenge.

The 2.6 Challenge encourages people to take on a fun activity and then to donate to or fundraise for their favourite UK charity.

Royal Blind—Scotland largest visual impairment charity-—is raising funds to help support its five residential care services, which remain fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Devices 'open the world up' for pupils learning during lockdown

Devices 'open the world up' for pupils learning during lockdown

Press Release | 10/04/2020

Children with visual impairments are ‘accessing the world’ with special braille devices as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

The BrailleNote Touch devices are being used by several Royal Blind School pupils to continue their learning while at home.

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‘Tea at a distance’ for care home residents

‘Tea at a distance’ for care home residents

Press Release | 07/04/2020

 

Care staff are being creative during the coronavirus crisis.

Social distanced tea parties are being introduced at a Royal Blind care home, helping residents socialise during the coronavirus pandemic.

Seated four metres apart as an extra precaution, residents took their tea in groups of three at Jenny’s Well care home in Paisley on Thursday.

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Charity calls for action to support record number of pupils with visual impairment

A pupil at the Royal Blind School typing on a braille keyboard.

Press Release | 31/03/2020

New figures published by the Scottish Government show the numbers of pupils with vision impairment in Scotland’s schools has more than doubled over the last ten years, leading to a call from Scotland’s largest visual impairment charity for increased specialist support. Royal Blind is calling on local authorities and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to improve support for blind and partially sighted pupils. 
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Royal Blind exploring new enterprise options

Royal Blind exploring new enterprise options

Press Release | 30/03/2020

Scotland's visual impairment charity is looking for new ways to generate sustainable income.

Royal Blind has brought on business-minded Andrew Stephenson to investigate new enterprise opportunities for the visual impairment charity. 

Andrew, who hails from “sunny North Berwick”, started in the newly created “Enterprise Manager” role at Royal Blind in mid-January.

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Care home residents sing war-time classic for families

Care home residents sing war-time classic for families

Press Release | 27/03/2020

Spirits are high at Royal Blind’s care homes, despite the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak.

Jenny’s Well care home residents pining for loved ones sang a rousing rendition of the war-time classic “We’ll Meet Again” earlier this week.

The 1939 song, sung by English singer Vera Lynn, was popular during WWII when soldiers left their families, friends and loved ones to fight in Europe.

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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

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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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