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.

Blind snowboarding: Veteran blinded in Iraq takes to the slopes

Blind veteran Ben Shaw in his snowboarding gear

A blind veteran who had both his eyes removed after he was injured during operations in Iraq is training to hit the world stage in competitive snowboarding.


Posted: 29/01/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Veterans with sight loss take on new sailing activity with the Hawkhead Centre

The veterans and Hawkhead staff stand wearing life jackets at Castle Semple Loch

Veterans with vision impairments who attend the Hawkhead Centre recently donned their life jackets and waterproofs for a brand new activity: sailing.


Posted: 24/01/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Hawkhead Centre gives Dundonald veteran with Graves' Disease new-found confidence

Tony Byrne plays his guitar for three veterans and a centre officer

A Dundonald veteran living with vision impairment and eye protrusion after developing Graves' Disease has told how a sight loss charity has ‘given his life meaning again’.


Posted: 11/01/2019 | Scottish War Blinded


Scottish War Blinded’s Dumfries and Galloway lunch group wrap up 2018 with Christmas quiz

Five members sit at the table with Mick standing behind with his cornet

Scottish War Blinded’s Dumfries and Galloway lunch group have topped off a year of new friendships with a musical Christmas quiz.


Posted: 19/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded


Scottish War Blinded’s Modelling Paisley doll houses exhibited for second time

Michael stands with one of the model houses at the Paisley Museum exhibition

Creative veterans who attend Scottish War Blinded’s Hawkhead Centre in Paisley are delighted that doll houses they made this year are being exhibited for the second time.


Posted: 19/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded


Veterans come out on top at archery competition

Bill and Jocky stand with the trophies

Two Scottish War Blinded members, who both attend the Linburn Centre in West Lothian, came top of the league at the Lothian Disability Sport Archery Competition on Sunday 16 December 2018.

Posted: 18/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded


Veterans enjoy festive fun at the Hawkhead Centre's Christmas Party in Paisley

David (left) smiles wearing Rudolph antlers, and Katrina (right) wears Santa hat

Over 100 Scottish War Blinded members ate, drank, danced and were merry at the first of two Christmas parties at the Hawkhead Centre this week.


Posted: 13/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded


Linburn Centre’s choir in good voice for Christmas carol rehearsals

Members of the choir stand together, some holding musical instruments

Carol rehearsals are bringing a choir of veterans with vision impairments together at Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre this festive period.


Posted: 11/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded


Specialist equipment brings Hannah Frank artwork to life for Hawkhead Centre veterans in Paisley

Members look at one of the metal templates with a CCTV reader

Specialist equipment brought art to life for Scottish War Blinded members in a special creative workshop on the work of Glasgow artist and sculptor Hannah Frank last week.

Posted: 07/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded


Party time in Arbroath for Scottish War Blinded lunch group’s Christmas meal

Arbroath lunch group members sit round a table wearing their party hats

The party mood was in full swing this week as Scottish War Blinded’s Arbroath lunch group celebrated the festive season.


Posted: 06/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded