Local MSP tours Linburn Centre

Press Release | 05/12/2016

Miles Briggs, MSP for Lothian, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Mental Health, paid a visit to Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre to find out more about the charity’s opportunities for military veterans with sight loss.


During his visit on Monday 5 December Mr Briggs met with veterans such as Derek Macdonald, who regularly makes use of the wide range of activities on offer to visually impaired veterans at the centre. Derek comments:

"I lost my sight long after I'd completed National Service so didn’t think Scottish War Blinded was for someone like myself. Since I started attending the Linburn Centre I’ve transformed my life for the better – I’m now travelling the country competing in archery competitions.” 

Located in Wilkieston, West Lothian, the Linburn Centre is open free of charge for veterans of all ages. The centre delivers personalised support programmes focused on strategies to assisting in adapting to life with sight loss, whilst addressing common concerns of social isolation.

A wide range of social opportunities, such as art therapy, woodwork and acoustic shooting, are available to veterans attending the centre. The Linburn Centre has a multi-use sports facility, bowling green and accessible housing, which Mr Briggs visited.  

Mr Briggs commented:

“I was delighted to visit the Linburn Centre, meet with veterans and staff and see the first class level of care and support provided to veterans who have sight loss.

 The Linburn Centre clearly makes a massive difference to the quality of life of hundreds of veterans with sight loss and I commend all those who work so hard at the centre to assist them.

More broadly, I commend the continuing outstanding work undertaken by the Scottish War Blinded organisation to help veterans with sight loss across Scotland. I wish them every success in the future as they expand the services they provide so that they can support even more people.”

Rebecca Barr, Head of Operations and Development for Scottish War Blinded said:

“It was excellent to welcome Mr Briggs to the centre, particularly given his interest in health and wellbeing. Scottish War Blinded shares this interest and provides a range of rehabilitative opportunities, promoting the positive health and well-being of visually impaired veterans.”