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.

Scottish War Blinded member Marshall Rogers describes secret role during World War Two

Scottish War Blinded member Marshall Rogers describes secret role during World War Two

His contribution to the Allied war effort during World War Two remained a secret for over 60 years. Fighting a secret war against the Germans, Scottish War Blinded member Marshall Rogers served as a Special Army Wireless Operator intercepting German communications coordinating operations on land, sea and air. The intercepts were sent to Bletchley Park for decoding and led to the eventual cracking of the Enigma code which, as many historians agree, shortened the war by over two years and saved many lives.

Posted: 30/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded present plaque at Coming Home Centre for Veterans

Scottish War Blinded present plaque at Coming Home Centre for Veterans

Scottish War Blinded Outreach Worker John Kerr recently visited the Coming Home Centre to present a Scottish War Blinded plaque. The centre is a free drop-in facility for veterans, which is based in the Pearce Institute in Glasgow.

The project welcomes a number of our Scottish War Blinded members on a weekly basis, which provides a wide range of social opportunities, as well as art and music therapies and a woodwork and bike repair workshop.

Posted: 25/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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Work continues on Royal Blind Group's West of Scotland development

Hawkhead Centre under construction

Work is progressing on Scottish War Blinded’s new rehabilitation and activity centre in the West of Scotland. 

Posted: 23/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded's World War One exhibition to visit Forth Valley Sensory Centre for Armistace Day

Scottish War Blinded's World War One exhibition to visit Forth Valley Sensory Centre for Armistace Day

Scottish War Blinded is the latest organisation to provide services from the Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Camelon, Falkirk. To announce the arrival of the charity, which helps all veterans, no matter whether they lost their sight during or after service to the Centre, a special, free exhibition into the effects of chemical warfare on soldiers in the First World War will beheld at the Centre on 11th November.

Posted: 10/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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2016 Veterans' members Survey : results revealed

2016 Veterans' members Survey : results revealed

We currently support more veterans than ever before in our history, and the numbers benefiting from our support continues to rise, as more people become aware of the range of people who are eligible for our support.

In order to meet the needs of our expanding membership, we will be developing our services over the coming years. As part of this, it is vital that we develop our services with the views of veterans who currently access our services at the forefront of our minds.

Posted: 03/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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Can you help Derek finish his World War One commemorative statue in time for Remembrance Day?

Can you help Derek finish his World War One commemorative statue in time for Remembrance Day?

Can you help Scottish War Blinded member Derek O’Rourke finish his World War One sculpture in time for Remembrance Day? Derek has produced a four and half foot commemorative statue of a World War One soldier, using wood, wire mesh and modroc, which requires a specialist spray paint finish.

Posted: 02/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded members on target at national archery championships

Scottish War Blinded members on target at national archery championships

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald (pictured left) recently won the National Scottish Visual Impairment Archery Championships in Glasgow. He was closely followed by fellow member Jocky Elliot (pictured right), who finished in the silver medal position.

Both members have developed a strong sense of friendship and camaraderie through their shared passion for archery and, as Derek describes, their experiences practising and competing together throughout the year led them to enter the national competition.

Posted: 01/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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