Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. We believe that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone.
Founded in 1915, the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan. For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.
We help veterans come to terms with their sight loss and relearn vital life skills, such as reading, travelling via public transport and meeting new people. We also enable blind veterans to learn new skills and try new hobbies, whether in computing, cooking, creative writing, art and craft or sport. Blind Veterans UK has three service centres (in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield) that provide training, residential care, respite care and recreational facilities. We also provide services and support across the UK via our network of Welfare Officers.