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RAF veteran with sight loss speaks out about living with loneliness at Christmas

Norrie Garrett, sitting at home on the sofa

Press Release | 12/12/2018

An RAF veteran with sight loss who lost his wife last Christmas has bravely spoken out about living with loneliness, which he says is heighted by the festive and winter period.



Scottish War Blinded’s Dundee and Arbroath lunch groups combat Christmas loneliness for veterans with sight loss

Veterans wave and smile wearing their party hats for Arbroath Christmas lunch

Press Release | 11/12/2018

The party mood has been in full swing this month for Scottish War Blinded’s veterans with sight loss as members of the charity’s Arbroath and Dundee lunch groups celebrated the festive season.


Linburn Centre Choir combats loneliness, uniting veterans with sight loss in new friendships

Members of the Linburn Choir stand together, some holding musical instruments

Press Release | 10/12/2018

Carol rehearsals are bringing a choir of veterans with visual impairments together this festive period – a time when loneliness and social isolation can hit hardest for people with sight loss.



Vision Hub: Sight loss charities unite to host free vision impairment advice hub in Dumfries and Galloway

Rehabilitation Officer Sandra demonstrates a CCTV reader to a member

Press Release | 28/11/2018

Residents with sight loss in Dumfries and Galloway will have the opportunity to receive expert advice at the launch of a new event for people with sight loss.



New Directors for Scotland's largest sight loss charity

hawys kilday portrait

Press Release | 26/11/2018

Scotland’s largest vision impairment organisation has announced the appointment of two new Directors as it celebrates its 225th Anniversary.

Hawys Kilday (pictured top right), currently Assistant Director of Children’s Services for Barnardos, has been appointed to the position of Director of Services by Royal Blind. Stephen Coulter (bottom right) will take up the role of Director of Corporate Resources, a position shared by Royal Blind and its sister charity, Scottish War Blinded.


Inverness veteran with visual impairment performs in The Armed Man at Eden Court Theatre

Jo Long (left) and Mick Hilton (right) at the Eden Court Theatre

Press Release | 19/11/2018

A Navy veteran living with a visual impairment took to the stage in the Inverness Choral Society’s performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at the Eden Court Theatre.



Scottish War Blinded veterans London-bound for Centenary march

Jim Stevenson, on the left, will attend the London centenary march

Press Release | 05/11/2018

Proud Scottish veterans with sight loss will travel to London this weekend, supported by Scottish War Blinded, to take part in Remembrance Sunday’s Cenotaph March, marking 100 years since the end of World War One.



World War Two veteran with sight loss recalls chance encounter with neighbour in midst of 1944 Normandy battle

Anthony Delahoy (left) as a young man, and a recent picture of him on the right

Press Release | 05/11/2018

A World War Two veteran with sight loss has recalled the poignant moment he came face-to-face with his next door neighbour during the 1944 Invasion of Normandy.



Scottish War Blinded Veterans with sight loss show off self-portrait sculptures at Kelvingrove Museum

Hawkhead Centre veterans display their sculptures at Kelvingrove Musuem

Press Release | 16/10/2018

A group of veterans with sight loss were “ecstatic” as an exhibition of their self-portrait sculptures went on show to the public at a Glasgow museum this week.



Sight loss charity launches loneliness report at SNP Conference

Veterans speaking to each other at a Scottish War Blinded event

Press Release | 08/06/2018

Today Scotland’s biggest charity supporting blind and partially sighted people will launch a new report highlighting the links between sight loss and social isolation.  Royal Blind is holding a joint fringe meeting with Age Scotland on the issue of loneliness as the Scottish Government prepares to finalise a groundbreaking nation strategy to tackle social isolation.