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.

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


World War Two veteran recalls experiences of liberating Changi POW camp and stepping foot in Hiroshima

John (left) in uniform age 17 and now (right) age 92

John Taylor, 92, of Bannockburn, was a Sergeant and Pipe Major in the Cameron Highlanders, having joined the Army in 1943 aged 16.


Posted: 29/10/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


WWII WRNS veteran shares memories of VE Day and VJ Day in London

WWII WRNS veteran Barbara Jenkins (left, now and right, then, in uniform)

WWII WRNS veteran Barbara Jenkins, who joined Scottish War Blinded last year, recalls her experiences of VE Day and VJ Day in London, 1945.


Posted: 14/08/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Elgin veteran defies sight loss by getting creative with new art forms

Douglas stands in front of four of his collages

A creative Elgin veteran with a huge artistic talent is overcoming the challenges of his sight loss by embracing new art forms and materials to create wonderful artworks.


Posted: 15/07/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Sight loss veteran who survived stroke regaining life-long hobbies with Scottish War Blinded's support

Del with his CCTV reader and specialist magnifiers

An Inverness veteran who has significant sight loss after suffering a stroke is regaining his life-long fishing hobby with the support of a vision impairment charity.  


Posted: 18/06/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Veteran with sight loss journeys to Israel for Veteran Games with 'life-changing' support of Scottish War Blinded

Peter Ramsay stands between flags at the Veteran Games

An Irvine veteran with sight loss is feeling elated after taking part in a Veteran Games event in Tel Aviv with the “life-changing” support of Scottish War Blinded.


Posted: 14/06/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Partially sighted veteran overcoming 'isolation' with support of Scottish War Blinded

Sam in his work shed surrounded by his model aircraft

A partially sighted veteran who has battled “isolation” due to his vision impairment is now reconnecting with his friendship network and much-loved model aircrafts with receiving support from a sight loss charity.


Posted: 12/06/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


D-Day +1 veteran recalls memories of Normandy landings on 75th anniversary

John (left) in uniform as a teenager and right, 94, holding Legion D’honneur

A D-Day Plus One veteran who recently became a member of Scottish War Blinded after his sight deteriorated has recalled his memories of the Normandy landings.


Posted: 04/06/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Hawkhead Centre veterans with sight loss take on Renfrewshire Community Police in archery competition

group of veterans and police after the competition holding the trophy

Scottish War Blinded veterans representing the Hawkhead Centre emerged victorious in their very first archery competition against officers from Renfrewshire Community Police.

Posted: 10/05/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Veteran with vision impairment regains love of reading newspapers with magnifier from Scottish War Blinded

Findlay (right) sits reading a newspaper on his CCTV (left)

A veteran and former journalist with sight loss has regained his love of reading after receiving a specialist magnifying gadget from Scottish War Blinded.


Posted: 18/04/2019 | Scottish War Blinded