New local support service for veterans launched in Argyll and Bute

Press Release

Veterans of the Armed Forces with sight loss, are set to benefit from the expansion of a free outreach service in Argyll and Bute.

The charity Scottish War Blinded has appointed Allison West to a newly created outreach position, to be based out of Helenburgh’s Carers Support offices at Lomond House. 

This new local service provides support to assist veterans in improving their quality of life after the devastation of sight loss. Support will range from providing veterans struggling with sight loss with free low vision equipment, to facilitating home adaptions to regain independence, and assistance to re-integrate into the local community. The new role is part of Scottish War Blinded’s gradual expansion of service provision in the West of Scotland. A new centre is to be opened in Paisley, Renfrewshire in October, which will further increase visually impaired veterans from all over the West of Scotland’s access to rehabilitation, sporting and social opportunities.

Scottish War Blinded’s Head of Operations and Development Rebecca Barr said:

“We are delighted that Allison’s appointment has extended our outreach support to assist more veterans in Argyll & Bute. “Allison brings a wealth of experience on veterans’ matters and sight loss to this new post. Her appointment will be of great interest to eligible veterans, and their families, in this area.”

Allison, a qualified rehabilitation officer for the visually impaired, with years of experience of working with veterans with sight loss, said:

I’m delighted to be part of this expanding service, as I live locally I know there is much demand for more support for military veterans.’

Scottish War Blinded aims to reach more eligible ex-service men and women across Argyll & Bute by encouraging family, friends and healthcare professionals to refer someone they know to the charity. Referrals will enable more veterans to access a programme of free support and social opportunities facilitated by Allison and a nationwide outreach team.

Rebecca Barr continued:

“If you know someone who served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and who now has severe sight loss, Scottish War Blinded can provide them with a lifeline of practical and emotional support irrespective of when or how their sight loss occurred. Call us on freephone – 0800 035 6409 or visit” 

Notes to Editor

For more information contact Hannah Mitchell on 0131 229 1456

Allison West will have a base at Helenburgh’s Carers Support offices at Lomond House and is available to support veterans with sight loss with home visits across Argyll & Bute. 

Scottish War Blinded provides rehabilitation, activities and social opportunities for visually impaired veterans across Scotland

The Linburn Centre, located in Wilkieston, West Lothian, is a free day centre, for up to 35 members, providing rehabilitation, activities and social opportunities

Scottish War Blinded’s Outreach Service supports members by liaising with statutory and voluntary organisations, providing specialist VI equipment, promoting independent living as well as introducing social opportunities in the local community.