Royal National Institute of the Blind

Crerar Trust has donated £5,000 to the Royal National Institute of the Blind to help support children and adults with sight loss to live full and independent lives where possible.

Around 180,000 people in Scotland are living with sight loss. Research shows that this number is set to increase dramatically in the coming years, predominantly due to people living longer. The charity aims to reach each and every person in the country who needs their help and support. They offer a wide range of services to blind a partially sighted people including:

  • Education and employment advice, guidance and practical support
  • Benefits and welfare rights advice, guidance and practical support
  • Advice, guidance and support at the point of diagnosis
  • Emotional support and counselling
  • Social, leisure and training opportunities
  • Audio and giant print books

Crerar Trust’s donation will go toward the delivery of 16 peer support and information sharing programmes to thos newly diagnosed as blind and partially sighted people in three regions of Scotland. In partnership with a number of organisations, six programmes will be delivered annually in Edinburgh and The Lothians, five in Tayside and five in Ayrshire. Each programme will last four weeks and is called Looking Forward, with around 100 people with sight loss plus family members/friends benefiting each year.