Sight Scotland Veterans, formerly known as Scottish War Blinded, provides free support to ex-servicemen and women affected by sight loss in Scotland to help them regain confidence, restore their independence and make new connections.
Established in 1915, today the charity gives support to all veterans with sight loss, including National Service veterans, no matter if they lost their sight during or after service.
The majority of veterans we support have lost their sight through age, conditions such as macular degeneration, and other reasons unrelated to their service.
Our outreach and rehabilitation support offering covers all local authority areas in Scotland. Sight Scotland Veterans’ outreach workers provide emotional and practical support to veterans with sight loss based in their local area and organise social activities to introduce individuals to other veterans of the Sight Scotland Veterans community.
Sight Scotland Veterans can also provide specialist equipment free of charge to aid independence in day-to-day tasks – from talking watches, cooking aids and electronic magnifiers, to digital technology such as smartphones or tablets with specialist software for people with sight loss.
The charity’s expert rehabilitation team offer one-to-one assessments and tailored training for specialist equipment and cane and mobility training.
Sight Scotland Veterans also runs two activity hubs for veterans with sight loss: the Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian, and the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
If you are a veteran with sight loss or know a veteran we could help, Sight Scotland Veterans would love to hear from you. For more information or to refer a veteran with sight loss for support, please see our contact details on the right.