Updated September 2016
Shropshire Rural Community Council (RCC) is an independent charity established over 50 years ago to benefit people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. They provide support, advice and information about visual impairment and run the Sight Loss Opportunity Groups. They also provide a range of services to support for carers.
Local Talking Newspapers provide audio recordings of local news in a variety of formats. There are local Talking Newspapers serving Shropshire, the Oswestry area, and Telford and Wrekin or you can contact the national Talking Newspapers Association.
Shropshire Disability Network was formed in May 2008 to provide a friendly and supportive network for people with disabilities, their families and carers throughout Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin).
Age UK, Shropshire Telford and Wrekin operates and promotes a wide range of support services for older people including those with hearing or sight loss. For further information telephone 01743 233123. They can provide assistance with form filling and their Benefits Team is able to offer advice and information on all aspects of welfare benefits for those over retirement age.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides and trains guide dogs and a range of other services including rehabilitation and mobility training. The website includes information about social events, the Association’s national raffle and news. If a Guide Dog is not for you, how about the My Guide service where a trained volunteer or a friend or family member supports you to work towards your mobility goals – anything from just getting out of the house to joining a local rambling group or enjoying a football match from the stands.
The Macular Society provides a number of free services and offers a range of information about living with macular disease. You can also telephone their specialist helpline on 0300 3030 111.
The Keratoconus Self Help & Support Group provides information, an on-line forum and other support to help manage living with this eye condition. You can also telephone the local representative on 01743 625138.
Esme’s Umbrella raises awareness of, and supports people with, Charles Bonnet syndrome – visual hallucinations due to loss of sight. Their website provides a platform on which sufferers, their families and friends can exchange experiences, share coping strategies and find reassurance. The Helpline number is 0345 051 3915, and the email address is email@example.com
The Nystagmus Network (NN) is a UK charity run by individuals and families affected by the eye condition nystagmus.
Blind Veterans (formerly St. Dunstans) provides vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans with the person-centred services and tailored support they need to discover life beyond sight loss. Blind Veterans UK’s work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Contact RNIB and shop online for their clocks/watches, Braille equipment, kitchen gadgets, gardening tools, books and many more products. Find out about the latest campaigns. RNIB also provides advice on the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), and related issues. You can also telephone their specialist helpline on 0303 123 9999.
Action for Blind People gives advice on benefits, housing, employment including self-employment, training in IT, leisure activities etc. They also run hotels throughout the UK and operate four mobile resource units.
Royal Blind Society website contains information about the Society’s hotels, its work and applications for grants.
The Royal Blind Society provides support to families of children who have been diagnosed with a serious eye condition. The Society also has two hotels that have been designed specifically to accommodate the needs of visually impaired and disabled people, as well as their friends and families.