Read about us and the people we support in our magazine iSite.
In our latest edition of iSite our new residence for visually impaired adults, Allermuir, is officially opened, the Royal Blind School is awarded the Exo Schools Green Flag award and we have produced a free history book celebrating 125 years of the Scottish Braille Press.
In the Summer edition of iSite, Mhairi Black MSP breaks the ground on our new development in Paisley, Royal Blind School pupil Andrew Pettigrew makes headlines after being awarded two creative writing prizes by best-selling author Ian Rankin and we are excited to announce that our popular fundraising pub quiz is back in a new venue in Morningside, Edinburgh – The Merlin.
In the Spring edition of iSite we are excited to announce the extension of Royal Blind's adult services with a brand new residence in Edinburgh. We also celebrate the achievement of a Royal Blind School student in being awarded a prestigious Scouting award and speak to families using Braeside House's beautiful new private dining areas.
In this issue, The Royal Blind School has launched its Learning Hub service to provide training, support, advice and workshops to all those involved in the education of visually impaired children and young people across Scotland. In October, Royal Blind hosted a Braille exhibition at the Scottish Parliament for National Braille Week and former Royal Blind School pupil and paralympic athlete Libby Clegg visited pupils at the newly refurbished school in Morningside.
The summer is here - and so is the latest iSite magazine. Catch up on news from all the services run by Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded.
Featuring a convoy of chocolate-laden scooters, some hard-fought blind bowling contests, our fantastic early years' playgroup,music-making with children at the Royal Blind School who have multiple disabilities as well as visual impairment (MDVI) and a fantastic poem inspired by the young adults at Forward Vision.
The Royal opening of the school's redeveloped facilities is our front page feature this spring. This was a fantastic day, with amazing performances from Royal Blind School pupils stealing the show.
Also inside: news of Forward Vision's successful entry in the UK wide 'Care Home Idols' competition; a peek behind the scenes at activities on offer at Braeside House; how the Scottish Braille Press helped celebrate Sir Walter Scott, and a brief history of the Scottish War Blinded, which is 100 years old in 2015.
The Royal Blind School campuses merged this autumn. This issue features photos capturing the final days at Craigmillar and looking at some of the new facilities at the re-developed school in Morningside. We also pay tribute to the retiring Depute Head Teacher, Sally Mair. In addition, we explore activities which took place for National Braille Week, an MP's visit to Braeside House, and one young person's experience of short breaks at Forward Vision.
Five Royal Blind School pupils recently enjoyed a trip on the long awaited Edinburgh tram network as part of 'Exercise Salvador'. The pupils joined hundreds of volunteers to assess how the system coped with large crowds and met the needs of visually impaired people. Kezia Dugdale, MSP for Edinburgh South and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, launched Kidscene's new premises and Rachel roger describes her fundraising initiative to support Grandson Nathan, who attends the Royal Blind School, after losing his vision as a result of serious illness.
Libby Clegg describes how experiences as a Royal Blind School pupil have helped her deal with the demands of being a professional athlete and her delight at becoming a Royal Blind Ambassador. We have visited Forward Vision's music group who use specially adapted musical instruments to express themselves creatively whilst the Elderflowers, from the charity Hearts and Minds, have been visiting residents at Braeside House using a combination of music, comedy and puppetry to reach the person behind degenerative illnesses such as dementia.Download
In our summer i-Site magazine we feature the re-development project at the Canaan Lane campus of the Royal Blind School, Forward Vision expansion plans, Royal Blind School pupils showcase their talents at the Come to Your Senses Concert plus exciting developments at our Kidscene after-school club.Download