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Useful Contacts

Below are the details of some organisations that may be able to help you with further queries.

ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE

Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach, providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages. Get in touch with your local Action team by calling the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999

Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

THE AMBER TRUST

www.ambertrust.org

Email: contact@ambertrust.org

Phone: 03003239964

Address: 64a Princes Way, London SW19 6JF

The Amber Trust is a national charity that provides musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children, and children with more complex needs, via its music awards and services.

BBC iPLAYER - www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

BBC iPLAYER HELP - Email: AccessibilityTeam@bbc.co.uk

BLIND VETERANS UK

The charity provides support, training and rehabilitation to blind ex-service men and women.

12-14 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HD

Telephone number: 020 7723 5021

Email: enquiries@blindveterans.org.uk

BRITISH COMPUTER ASSOCIATION (BCAB)

The British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) is a lively group of blind and partially sighted computer users. We offer training, discussion, networking and help to all our members.

BCAB, c/o RNIB, 58 - 72 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN

Email: info@bcab.org.uk

Telephone number: 0845 643 9811

CALIBRE AUDIO LIBRARY

Calibre Audio Library is a registered UK charity, set up in 1974, providing a free subscription postal and streaming service of unabridged audio books for adults and children unable to read due to sight loss, dyslexia or a physical disability.

Address: Calibre Audio Library, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 5XQ

Telephone number: 01296 432 339

DISABLED LIVING FOUNDATION

DLF is a national charity that provides impartial advice, information and training on daily living aids

Address: 380-384 Harrow Road, London W9 2HU

Helpline: 0845 130 9177

Switchboard: 020 7289 6111 (9am - 5pm, Mon-Fri)

EQUALITY ADVISORY SUPPORT SERVICE

The Advisory Service provides information advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues to individuals in England, Scotland and Wales, recognising the constitutional, legal, social and policy differences.

HELPLINE: 08088000082

Monday – Friday 9am-8pm

Saturdays – 10am-2pm

GUIDE DOGS

Guide Dogs UK Charity for the Blind and Partially Sighted. The charity’s mission is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people.

Address: Burghfield Common, Reading, Berks RG7 3YG

Tel: 0118 983 5555

Email: guidedogs@guidedogs.org.uk

GUIDE DOGS: CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSON SERVICES

If you are a parent of a child with a vision impairment and are facing challenges with your child’s return to school, the charity Guide Dogs is offering support via a freephone advice line as part of their Children and Young Person services. Phone: 0800 781 1444 . Email: cypservices@guidedogs.org.uk

HENSHAWS SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND

Henshaws Society For The Blind works in the North of England, enabling people living with visual impairments and other disabilities to build the skills and independence they need, to get the future they want.

  • Henshaws North East: 0191 275 9417
  • Henshaws North West: 0161 872 1234
  • Henshaws Yorkshire: 01423 886 451
  • Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre Knaresborough: 01423 541888
  • Henshaws College Harrogate: 01423 886 451

THE MACULAR SOCIETY

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss, providing free information and support to improve lives today and funding research so that one day we can overcome macular disease.

Address: PO Box 1870, Andover, Hampshire SP10 9AD

Helpline: 03003030111

Tel: 01264 350 551 (switchboard/overseas callers)

Email: help@macularsociety.org

NEW COLLEGE WORCESTER

New College Worcester is a national residential school and college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted.

Address: Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2JX

Tel: 01905 763933

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFB) was founded in 1947 by blind and partially sighted people and is an independent, non political, self help campaigning pressure group and registered charity. Today it is still run by blind and partially sighted people.

Address: Sir John Wilson House, 215 Kirkgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1JG

Tel: 01924 291313

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF THE BLIND AND DISABLED

National League of the Blind and Disabled is a registered trade union and is involved in all issues regarding the employment of blind and disabled people in the UK.

Address: Central Office, Swinton House, 324 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8DD

Tel: 020 7837 6103

Textphone: 020 7837 6103

THE ROYAL NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR THE BLIND

The Royal National College is a specialist residential College of further education and training, working with people from the age of 16, who are blind or partially sighted to promote their independence and potential. It provides a range of full time programmes and short courses to prepare people for progression to Further Education, Higher Education and the world of work.

Venns Lane, Hereford HR1 1DT

Tel: 01432 376621

Email: info@rncb.ac.uk

RNIB – THE ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BLIND PEOPLE

The RNIB provides information, support and advice for anyone with a serious sight problem. They campaign to eliminate avoidable sight loss and support research into the causes and latest treatments of eye conditions.

105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE

Helpline: 0303 123 9999 (Monday to Friday 8.45am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm)

Tel: 020 7388 1266 (head office switchboard/overseas callers)

RNIB LIBRARY SERVICE

RNIB Library Service is the largest library in the UK for readers with sight loss, offering a wide range of fiction & non-fiction books in audio, Braille and large print for adults and children.

RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999

Email: library@rnib.org.uk

RP FIGHTING BLINDNESS

Provides crucial information and support through the helpline, website, events, publications, and more. Works hard to stimulate and fund cutting edge research to find a treatment or cure.

PO Box 350, MK18 1GZ

RP Helpline 0845 123 2354

Office: 01280 821334

Email info@rpfightingblindness.org.uk

VISIBILITY

Listening and responding to people affected by sight loss in the west of Scotland. For information on New View call the above number and ask to speak to David Logan.

2 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9BW

Tel: 0141 332 4632

Email: info@visibility.org.uk

Visit the Visibility website (www.visibility.org.uk)

THRIVE

Thrive is a small national charity, founded in 1978, that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people.

Address: The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AT

Tel: 0118 988 5688

Email: info@thrive.org.uk

www.carryongardening.org.uk

FIGHT FOR SIGHT

Address: 18 Mansell Street, London E1 8AA

Telephone 020 7264 3900

'Fight for Sight is the national charity funding pioneering eye research. They take on the biggest challenges in eye research, including the leading causes of blindness, glaucoma and macular degeneration. They work with children and adults with inherited eye diseases and their families to find new treatments. And because sight loss doesn't always start in the eye, they also fund research into sight loss caused by other diseases such as diabetes, dementia and stroke.'

Email: info@fightforsight.org.uk

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