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 Century of Expanding Horizons: King George V Visits Newington House, 8 July 1920

A Century of Expanding Horizons: King George V Visits Newington House, 8 July 1920

Our latest  ‘A Century of Expanding Horizons’ article looks back on the visit King George V made to Scottish War Blinded's Newington House on 8 July 1920.

Newington House was acquired by Scottish War Blinded in 1916 providing accommodation, rehabilitation and vocational skills training to soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One with life changing visual impairments.

Posted: 19/03/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Newington House

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Newington House

Produced as part of Scottish War Blinded’s Centenary Programme, this series of articles describes how the charity’s services have expanded the horizons for Scottish visually impaired veterans since its foundation in 1915.

Posted: 30/01/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Physiotherapy Training

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Physiotherapy Training

In this instalment of our ‘A Century of Expanding Horizons’ Centenary Blog, we share the stories of members who, upon completion of rehabilitation at Linburn, pursued careers as Physiotherapists.

Many members, who qualified in physiotherapy, set up either private practices at home or found employment in hospitals across the UK.

Posted: 03/06/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Poultry Farming at Newington House

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Poultry Farming at Newington House

In our latest centenary blog we focus on the vocational skill of poultry farming which many Scottish War Blinded members learned at Newington House in the 1920s.

Poultry farming was popular for many reasons. The occupation required very little capital to get started, it could be potentially highly profitable and offered an opportunity to work outdoors. Working outdoors proved highly effective in promoting positive health and well-being as well as sustaining productivity. 

Posted: 19/08/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Robert Livingstone

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Robert Livingstone

As work progresses rapidly on the new Queensferry Crossing bridge, our second in the series of ‘A Century of Expanding Horizons, articles describes the ingenuity of Scottish War Blinded member, Robert Livingstone, who provided a solution to a considerable problem which halted the construction of the Forth Road Bridge in 1963.

Posted: 09/02/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Scottish War Blinded holds its first Committee Meeting on Monday 14 April 1915

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Scottish War Blinded holds its first Committee Meeting on Monday 14 April 1915

One hundred years ago today the inaugural Scottish War Blinded Committee meeting was held at Nicholson Street, Edinburgh on Monday 14 April 1915.

The meeting set out the charity’s strategic objectives to provide rehabilitation, vocational skills training and emotional support to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One.

Posted: 14/04/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Steven's Story

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Steven's Story

Steven served in the Royal Scots for 10 years successfully completing two tours of Iraq. In preparation for a tour of Afghanistan, Steven experienced a training accident in Kenya in 2008 which eventually led to the loss of his right eye. Steven was discharged from the Army in December 2011 and referred to Scottish War Blinded by an Army Welfare Officer.

Posted: 14/04/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: The British Army launch chlorine gas attacks during the Battle of Loos in September 1915

A Century of Expanding Horizons: The British Army launch chlorine gas attacks during the Battle of Loos in September 1915

In April this year, we commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the first poisonous gas attack launched by the Germans on French Colonial troops during the Second Battle of Ypres. British troops would experience German poisonous gas attacks two weeks later, on 5 May 1915, at Hill 60 where 148 died either in the trenches or subsequently in frontline first aid posts, a similar number survived living day-to-day with debilitating respiratory conditions.

Throughout the summer of 1915, British Command devised plans to respond to German use of poisonous gas. Special companies were formed, trained in the application of chemical agents on the frontline, and investments were made in the production of poisonous gas shells and canisters in the UK.

Posted: 29/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons; The time Linburn was an Edinburgh International Festival Venue

A Century of Expanding Horizons; The time Linburn was an Edinburgh International Festival Venue

As this year’s Edinburgh International Festival draws to a close, we look back at a time when Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Scheme was a festival venue.

In 1959, the Recreational Hall at Linburn was an Edinburgh International Festival venue which hosted a week-long Folk Music Festival. Throughout the week, a wide variety of ceilidh bands, folk bands and artists performed at Linburn for members and their families as well as public visitors.

Posted: 01/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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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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