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

Email Davina

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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Care home opens its doors for summer fete

Jenny's Well exterior

Press Release | 01/08/2018

A care home for blind and partially sighted older people is opening its doors to the public on Saturday for its first ever summer fete.

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New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

Pupil at Royal Blind School learning Braille

Press Release | 20/06/2018

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school.  However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils.

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Sight loss charity launches loneliness report at SNP Conference

Veterans speaking to each other at a Scottish War Blinded event

Press Release | 08/06/2018

Today Scotland’s biggest charity supporting blind and partially sighted people will launch a new report highlighting the links between sight loss and social isolation.  Royal Blind is holding a joint fringe meeting with Age Scotland on the issue of loneliness as the Scottish Government prepares to finalise a groundbreaking nation strategy to tackle social isolation.

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Bright future for Braille as charity opens new Scottish Braille Press

Staff gather outside the Scottish Braille Press

Press Release | 05/06/2018

Today, Royal Blind officially opened its new Scottish Braille Press premises and begins a modern chapter in the production of Braille, large print and audio publications for nearly two hundred thousand blind and partially sighted people in Scotland. 

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Royal Blind School wins £45,000 of National Lottery funding

STV presenter, Royal Blind School staff and pupils gathered with winner sign

Press Release | 08/05/2018

A school for blind and partially sighted pupils has won £45,000 of National Lottery funding thanks to help from the public.

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Sight loss leading to thousands of Scots facing loneliness

Lewis smiles at camera

Press Release | 01/05/2018

Scotland’s biggest charity supporting blind and partially sighted people has called for action to tackle loneliness among the nearly 200,000 Scots who live with sight loss. Research from Royal Blind shows that almost two thirds of vision impaired people have experienced loneliness because of their sight loss.

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