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Information, advice and support for people with sight loss

The organisations listed below offer a range of advice and support for people with sight loss

Welsh and local organisations

National organisations

Talking books and magazines

IT and computers

Other services for people with sight loss

Welsh and local organisations

The RNIB works with Cardiff Vales and Valleys (Cardiff Institute for the Blind) and Vision Impaired West Glamorgan to provide services and support in the Swansea area. Contact them for information about local groups for people with a visual impairment.

Tel: 01792 776360

A Swansea County Steering Group is run by Vision Impaired West Glamorgan and Cardiff Institute for the Blind/RNIB in partnership with all other visually impaired groups in Swansea. The group aims to give people with sight impairment a voice on a range of local issues. To contact the group leave a message on 01792 776360.

Wales Council for the Blind (WCB)Opens new window
WCB is the umbrella agency representing the third sector within the visual impairment sector in Wales. It works to campaign, lobby and support the improvement of services to people with a visual impairment.

Tel: 02920 473 954

RNIB CymruOpens new window
A range of services and support to blind and partially sighted people across Wales, including support with digital inclusion and a Welfare Rights Service for people with sensory loss.  There is also a RNIB Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Singleton Hospital.

Tel: 029 2082 8500 

Sight CymruOpens new window
Sight Support is an independent charity based in Pontypool providing support to people with sight loss

Tel: 01495 763650

The NHS Direct WalesOpens new window website can help you find an optician and has an eye problems symptom checker.

There is more information about eye health on the Wales Eye Care ServicesOpens new window website.

Swansea Friends of the Blind
Tel: 01792 655 424

Swansea Association Independent Living (SAIL)Opens new window
SAIL is a local voluntary organisation of disabled people working to eliminate the barriers preventing disabled people from living full and independent lives.

Healthy City DirectoryOpens new window

National organisations

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)Opens new window
The RNIB offers practical and emotional support to anyone in the UK living with sight loss.

Helpline: 0303 123 9999

The RNIB produces the Sightline DirectoryOpens new window which allows people to search for services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people.

The Partially Sighted SocietyOpens new window
The Partially Sighted Society provides information, advice, equipment and clear print material for people with a visual impairment to help them to make the best use of their remaining sight.

Tel: 0844 477 4966

Macular SocietyOpens new window
The Macular Disease Society provides advice, information and practical support to promote independence, confidence and quality of life for people with macular disease

Helpline: 0300 3030 111

Blind Veterans UKOpens new window
Blind Veterans is a charity which supports blind ex-service men and women

Tel: 020 7723 5021

The Accessible Friends NetworkOpens new window
TAFN is a UK charity operating over the internet to provide computer support, training and social activities for blind and visually impaired people worldwide.

Helpline: 0845 838 2369

Guide DogsOpens new window
Information about guide dogs for people who are sight impaired

Talking books and magazines

RNIB Talking BooksOpens new window
The RNIB has a talking book service for which an annual subscription must be paid. The CDs they supply have to be played on a Daisy player (which can be purchased from the RNIB if required).

RNIB Helpline: 0303 123 9999

Calibre Audio LibraryOpens new window
A national charity providing a subscription-free postal and internet service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems. Books can be supplied on CD/USB sticks or via streaming 

Tel: 01296 432 339

Services from Swansea Libraries
The Library Service has a Housebound Service for those who cannot get to a local library because of age or disability. Both large print and audio books can be ordered through this service.

Tel: 01792 516773

Library members can also download e-audiobooks  free to listen to on their computer, MP3 player or i-Pod.

Swansea and Gower Talking Magazine

The Talking Magazine produces a monthly local news magazine on tape as well as recordings of local history books for people with a sight impairment.

Tel: 01792 202679

IT and Computers

AbilityNetOpens new window
AbilityNet is a national charity which helps disabled people of all ages find the right technology to use computers and the Internet effectively.

Free Advice and Information Service: 0800 269 545

RNIBOpens new window
The RNIB website has information about a wide range of technology matters including computers, phones and assistive technology.

Helpline 0303 123 9999

Leonard Cheshire DisabilityOpens new window
Locally, the Leonard Cheshire Discover IT Centre (located at Cwmbwrla Day Centre) runs a Digital Inclusion Project which aims to help disabled people become confident in using computers and assistive technology.

Tel: 01792 654013

Other services for people with sight loss

Articles for the Blind - Royal MailOpens new window
Royal Mail operate a scheme called Articles for the Blind (AFB), that allows certain items for or from blind and partially sighted people to be sent by post free of charge.

Tel: 0845 7740740

People who are blind or severely sight impaired can get a 50% reductionOpens new window on the TV Licence fee. This licence will also cover anyone who lives with you.

Tel: 0844 800 6790.

Remember that anyone who is 75 or older is entitled to a free TV licence, whether or not they are sight impaired.

WavelengthOpens new window is a charity which provides radios and televisions for people at risk of isolation or loneliness, who are unable to afford a set for themselves.

The Cinema Exhibitors Association CardOpens new window is a national card that entitles people who registered blind or are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

Tel: 0845 123 1292

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