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.

Taking a Break

Taking a Break

We know from speaking to our members and their families that being a carer is a full time and very demanding job. A recent development in support available to our members and their families is financial aid to fund respite care, with support to find a placement to suit the individual member and their family. 

Posted: 31/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Andrew Mackenzie

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Andrew Mackenzie

Earlier this month we received a wonderful press cutting about Scottish War Blinded's former Linburn Superintendent Andrew Mackenzie celebrating 70 years of marriage to his wife Adeline.

For our latest instalment of our centenary blog, we share an appreciation written in Scottish War Blinded’s 1988 Annual Report about Mr Mackenzie’s dedication to his work with Scottish War Blinded.

Posted: 29/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Member Freda Melville Shares Photographs from ATS Service during World War Two

Scottish War Blinded Member Freda Melville Shares Photographs from ATS Service during World War Two

Scottish War Blinded member Freda Melville has shared photographs from her time with the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during World War Two.

The National Service Act 1941 called up un-married women between the ages of 20-30 to contribute to either war work in industrial roles or service in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) or Women’s Royal Naval Service (WREN).

Posted: 28/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Team Scottish War Blinded Visit Jessfield Bowling Club for Latest Centenary Bowling Tour Match

Team Scottish War Blinded Visit Jessfield Bowling Club for Latest Centenary Bowling Tour Match

Scottish War Blinded played their fourth centenary bowling tour match at Jessfield Bowling Club on Thursday 23 July 2015 bringing members together from Midlothian, West Lothian, Dundee, Falkirk and Fife.

Members were warmly welcomed by members of Jessfield Bowling Club prior to the match some of whom had played the original Scottish War Blinded bowling team in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Posted: 27/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Represented at National Federation of the Blind in Florida

Scottish War Blinded Represented at National Federation of the Blind in Florida

 You may remember an earlier blog reporting on Scottish War Blinded Outreach Worker John Kerr presenting a Glengarry Cap to the president of the American National Association of Blind Veterans Dwight. D. Sayer in Florida. Dwight mentioned to John that he would wear the Glengarry Cap to the next convention which he was delivering a presentation. Dwight has remained true to his word and has shared a video of his experience.

Posted: 21/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Centenary Bowling Tour Rolls on to Edinburgh

Scottish War Blinded Centenary Bowling Tour Rolls on to Edinburgh

Scottish War Blinded members will reconvene their centenary bowling tour at Jessfield Bowling Club on Thursday 23 July 2015 following a month’s break from competition.

Team Scottish War Blinded will field two teams on Thursday looking to record their first victory on tour as well as re-kindle a historic link between the charity and Jessfield Bowling Club.

Posted: 20/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: 'Sandy' the Lady of Linburn & the Growth of Female Membership

A Century of Expanding Horizons: 'Sandy' the Lady of Linburn & the Growth of Female Membership

In our latest centenary blog, we share the story of Ethel Mary Alexander, the first female member to work in the Linburn Workshops during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Ethel served in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS) during World War Two and arrived at Linburn for rehabilitation and vocational training as a result of incurring a visual impairment whilst in service.

Today, many of Scottish War Blinded's female members have served in the WRENS, ATS, Reserves and Queen Alexandria Nursing Corps and have developed significant sight loss long after service. We share a case study of a current member Susan Dunham.

Posted: 16/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Member Ian Watson Recalls Time in the Black Watch

Scottish War Blinded Member Ian Watson Recalls Time in the Black Watch

Scottish War Blinded member Ian Watson has shared some images from his time in the Black Watch Regiment.

Ian signed up in the spring of 1948 who vividly remembers the trip to the Troop Office which was then on Princess Street. He completed his training as part of a Highland Group Training Battalion at Fort George in the autumn of 1948.

Posted: 14/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Members Attend Royal Salute at Edinburgh Castle

Scottish War Blinded Members Attend Royal Salute at Edinburgh Castle

Scottish War Blinded members and staff attended the 21 Military Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday 3 July 2015.

The event was organised to mark the Queen’s official arrival at Holyrood Palace often referred to as a ‘Royal Salute’.

Posted: 08/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Duncan Whitelaw Donates to Scottish War Blinded Through Sales from Second Book

Duncan Whitelaw Donates to Scottish War Blinded Through Sales from Second Book

Duncan Whitelaw visited the Linburn Centre earlier this week to present a cheque for £250 to Linburn Centre Manager Jim Thomson.

Duncan raised the money through the sales of his second book titled ‘It’s a Rangers Story’ which is a collection of stories Duncan has collated from Rangers supporters throughout the highs and lows of the club’s history.

Posted: 07/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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