Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society’s aim is to enhance the quality of life for blind, partially sighted and visually impaired people whatever their age or personal circumstances in life. We give practical help, advice and assistance. The Society is an independent voluntary organisation; if you are experiencing sight loss, we are here to support you.
You do not have to be registered with a visual impairment, or even have a referral from your doctor or optometrist. You, a family member or a friend, can telephone, call in to see us in person or write to us. We serve North and North East Lincolnshire, East and West Lindsey and Lincoln City.
The Society is an independent, local charity and has no constitutional connections with any other national or regional charity for the blind. We work with Social Services and other organisations for blind and partially sighted people, but we are quite independent from them.
As a charity we adapt to changes in society to provide the best possible service to visually impaired people. We provide services that empower our clients to achieve independence within the community, enabling them to realise their full potential.
At any one time we have up to 2300 clients on our register, ranging from children to those who are over retirement age. We receive around 20 new requests for assistance every month.
The services we provide are very varied:
Sight Impairment Officers
Our Officers visit clients in their own homes and give advice and help which allows them to live an independent life. In some cases it is the family of the blind or partially sighted person who needs advice and assistance and they will also work with them.
We provide a Resource Centre in Louth where advice and information can be found and equipment seen and tested. We can supply a variety of specialist equipment; including daily living aids, talking clocks, watches and games, and much more.
We are agents for British Wireless for the Blind Fund and supply radios and radio cassette players to eligible registered blind people.
We provide information and access to local and national talking book services.
Volunteers produce the Louth Leader, the Skegness Standard and the Gainsborough Standard as a Talking Newspaper weekly, which is sent out to clients referred by Sight Impairment Officers. These can be accessed via the members only section of our website. We also provide information regarding local talking newspapers for other areas.
Social and Craft Groups
We organise social, craft, reading and bowling groups throughout the area.
Sight Impairment Officers can give help with welfare benefits, advising on appropriate benefits and helping with applications.
A Friend In Sight
We provide an individually tailored befriending service ‘A Friend in Sight’, which involves volunteers in social activity with clients. Volunteers visit blind, partially sighted and visually impaired people in their own homes to provide practical help, emotional support or companionship.
We have an Eye Clinic Support Desk in the Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe and Skegness hospitals, where staff and volunteers offer advice and support to people at the point of diagnosis.
Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO)
We have an ECLO, in partnership with the RNIB, at Lincoln County Hospital who works alongside health professionals to offer support and advice to visually impaired people on a range of areas, which include independent living, returning to work, benefit entitlements, coping at home and providing emotional support, often, but not exclusively, at the point of diagnosis.
Visual Impairment Awareness Training
We offer visual impairment awareness training to staff, volunteers, companies and individuals. It is important for people to be well equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to communicate confidently with visually impaired people.
Please contact us on 01507 605604 or via the website to find out how to access these services. We are open from Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm.
We have volunteers who help Clients with the accessible features of iPads, smart phones etc.,
Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society has a membership subscription scheme and our Society’s newsletter, Links Voice, is linked to the membership. The membership fee is £20 per year (April to March) or Lifetime Membership for a one off payment of just £300.
Benefits to members include:
- Membership Pack and Card
- Expert help at the end of the phone
- Social Clubs
- Links Voice Newsletter three times a year packed with up to date information and features of interest (available to members through the website)
- Advice and regular information about events and activities
- Voting rights at Annual General Meetings
- Free tea and coffee at Bradbury House
- Most importantly, helping the Society which has helped you, survive to help others in the future.
To join, ring Bradbury House on 01507 605604 or contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you details and you will automatically receive the next issue of Links Voice.