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. 


Davina Shiell, Head of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
Mobile: 07713 987 797

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Scottish Braille Press to cease production of braille magazines

Scottish Braille Press

Press Release | 20/06/2019

A leading UK provider of alternative formats has announced that it is no longer able to produce braille magazines.


Royal Blind pupils meet Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice with Royal Blind pupil Bo

Press Release | 17/06/2019


Two pupils from the Royal Blind school in Edinburgh got a chance to meet Princess Beatrice today at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.



Head Teacher of Royal Blind School Retires

Head teacher Elaine smiling behind her desk

Press Release | 30/05/2019

The Head Teacher of the Royal Blind School has announced her retirement.

Elaine Brackenridge, who has worked at the Royal Blind School for the last ten years – first as Depute Head and then as Head Teacher since 2013 – retires from her position this month.


New project to focus on care for over 12,500 Scots with dementia and sight loss

New project to focus on care for over 12,500 Scots with dementia and sight loss

Press Release | 03/04/2019


On Wednesday 3rd April, a new project was launched to support care for over 12,500 Scots with dementia and sight loss.  


Charity calls for urgent action to support increasing number of pupils with vision impairment

Royal Blind School pupil typing Braille

Press Release | 12/03/2019

New figures published today 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 vision 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.  


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.


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.


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


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.


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.