Scottish War Blinded Blog

Read about the wide range of experiences enjoyed by Scottish War Blinded members as well as events, news and community projects.

St Valery and Stalag XXB: WWII veteran's story of survival

World War Two veteran, Jimmy Johnstone, aged 99

A World War Two veteran who lived through the 1940 Battle for Saint- Valéry-en-Caux and five years as a prisoner of war recalls his experiences.

 

Posted: 05/06/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Volunteer Week 2020

Photo of James Whyte

Volunteers' Week is held between the 1st and 7th of June every year. It is the week in which we recognise volunteers and give thanks for the fantastic contribution that they make.

Posted: 01/06/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Glaucoma and Eye Drops

Text from a leaflet is enlarged on the screen using a magnifier

Scottish War Blinded Rehabilitation Officer, Audrey Johnstone, offers expert advice on glaucoma and how to effectivey administer treatment. 

Posted: 25/05/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Emotional Impact of Sight Loss

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Emotional Impact of Sight Loss

Last year, Scottish War Blinded and its sister charity, Royal Blind, joined forces with the Mental Health Foundation Scotland to produce a report about the emotional and psychological impact of sight loss on people’s lives.

Posted: 18/05/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Top Tips for Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Top Tips for Mental Wellbeing During Lockdown

As we mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we asked Scottish War Blinded veterans for their top tips for mental wellbeing during lockdown.

Posted: 18/05/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Design your own flag

Design your own flag

Michael McAllister, Art Volunteer at the Hawkhead Centre, has created an art activity to keep veterans engaged during lockdown. 

Posted: 11/05/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War Two desert rat shares experiences of battle in Africa and Europe

Image on the left shows John during WW2 and now, aged 99, on the right

An Army veteran who was involved in the Western Desert Campaign in Africa and the Normandy Landings recalls his experience of serving in harsh and unforgiving terrain throughout the Second World War.

 

Posted: 08/05/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded unveils virtual gallery of veterans' Kelvingrove Museum exhibition

Scottish War Blinded unveils virtual gallery of veterans' Kelvingrove Museum exhibition

Explore our virtual art gallery, featuring work by veterans with sight loss who create in the Hawkhead Centre's art room.

 

Posted: 02/04/2020 | Scottish War Blinded

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Black Watch veteran who served during Korean War shares his experiences of life on the front line

Jimmy Rodger, 86, sits in a chair at his home

Jimmy Rodger, of Dundee, was called up for national service at the age of 18 and wanted to follow in the footsteps of his uncle who was a Pipe Major in the Black Watch during the Second World War.

 

Posted: 16/12/2019 | Scottish War Blinded

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International Volunteer Managers Day

Volunteer Development Manager James with volunteer Daichi

 

Volunteer Development Manager for Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded James Whyte, explains why volunteers are vital for the charity.

Posted: 05/11/2019 | Adult Services, Care for Older People, Scottish War Blinded

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