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.

A Different View

A Different View

Many of Scottish War Blinded’s members have experienced sight loss as a result of macular degeneration, long after they served in the Armed Forces.  

The charity’s team are always on the lookout for methods which support members’ independence and make the best use of remaining vision.

Posted: 25/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded's Centenary Exhibtition at Central Library, Edinburgh

Scottish War Blinded's Centenary Exhibtition at Central Library, Edinburgh

Scottish War Blinded’s centenary exhibition titled ‘Graft, Camaraderie & Community’ will open on Monday 16 November 2015 at Central Library, Edinburgh.

The exhibition celebrates a century of expanding the horizons of visually impaired veterans through a storyboard presentation and display of historical exhibits.

Posted: 13/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Members commemorate the lives of British Servicemen and Women lost in service of their country at the Linburn Centre

Scottish War Blinded Members commemorate the lives of British Servicemen and Women lost in service of their country at the Linburn Centre

Scottish War Blinded members and staff gathered at the Linburn Centre on Wednesday 11 November 2015 to mark the World War One Armistice and commemorate the lives of British servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in service of their country.

Many members who attended the service wore their medals, or the medals of relatives, with pride as a result of active service during World War Two and later conflicts, some of whom losing comrades on operations.

Posted: 11/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded members exhibit artwork at Scottish Veterans Residences Bellrock Close

Scottish War Blinded members exhibit artwork at Scottish Veterans Residences Bellrock Close

Scottish War Blinded members visited the Scottish Veterans Residences home at Bellrock Close in Glasgow on Tuesday 10 November 2015 to view their artwork and models which are currently part of a public exhibition.

Bellrock Close assists younger veterans, many of whom will have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, to make the transition into mainstream housing and civilian life. It also provides training, education, employment and recreation facilities for its residents.

Posted: 10/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Visit the Linburn Centre

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Visit the Linburn Centre

Captains Seath and Johnston of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery visited the Linburn Centre on Thursday 29 October 2015 to deliver a presentation to Scottish War Blinded members.

The presentation described the history of the Commando Regiment, the selection process that All Arms Commando Course recruits must pass in order to wear the coveted green beret as well as their current ongoing operation commitments.

Posted: 05/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Member Jim McCormack gets back behind the wheel at Knockhill

Scottish War Blinded Member Jim McCormack gets back behind the wheel at Knockhill

Scottish War Blinded member Jim McCormack spent many happy years behind the wheel as a bus driver following service in the RAF. To Jim driving was a hobby rather than a job, and when his sight deteriorated he was devastated to lose his licence.

Jim lost the ability to utilise peripheral vision as a result of Glaucoma, and now relies solely on central vision to assist with day-to-day independent living. Although he may not be able to drive on public roads, a special Knockhill experience was organised by Scottish War Blinded to get Jim back behind the wheel.

Posted: 03/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded's Outreach Service Receives Award at Visionary Conference

Scottish War Blinded's Outreach Service Receives Award at Visionary Conference

Scottish War Blinded’s Outreach Service was recognised at the recent Visionary Conference in Edinburgh last month. The service won the ‘Innovation in Service Delivery’ award as a result its commitment towards a member centred approach and impressive growth since its launch in 2010.

Since the launch of the Outreach Service, the number of visually impaired veterans the charity supports has grown from 496 to 745 in 4 years. As a result, further Outreach Workers have been appointed in the Highlands, Central Scotland and the West of Scotland in recent years.

Posted: 02/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Celebrating Creative Ageing at the Linburn Centre

Celebrating Creative Ageing at the Linburn Centre

Over one hundred visitors attended Scottish War Blinded’s ‘Creative Vision’ open day event at the Linburn Centre on Saturday 24 October 2015.

Creative Vision was part of Age Scotland’s 2015 Luminate programme, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival which celebrates creativity in later life through a series of workshops, performances and exhibitions organised across Scotland every October.

Posted: 01/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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