Help With Ipads, Ipods, Kindles and Laptops

Help With Internet Technology.

Do you have a loss of vision. Are you finding it difficult using your Ipad, Kindle, laptop.

We have joined forces with the RNIB to run FREE 1 hour help sessions for people with a sight loss. If you would like some one to one help with whatever Internet Technology equipement you have give us a call and book in by telephoning 01254 698683.

Help sessions are arranged every 3rd Thursday of the month at the society’s office. Currently the session are fully booked until the end of August 2018.

Electronic Magnifier For Sale at Half Price

This machine was bought brand new from Optelec in early 2017 by a person with low vision. In early 2018 he died and the machine is being sold by the Blackburn and District Blind Society (Registered Charity) on behalf of the family. The machine has hardly been used and is currently priced at £1695 new. We consider that £800 is a very fair price to start the bidding.

The ClearView C desktop video magnifier developed by Optelec enables you to read, write, view photos, do work and much more. It will enhance text, objects and images in 19 high contrast colour combinations and brightness. The viewing table can be locked in a side to side or front to back mode or locked completely. The viewer is complete and in full working order and comes with its wireless remote and user manual.

The viewer is for sale by collection only from Blackburn.

Contact Mike at the society’s office on 01254 698683


Society Information in URDU

This page has been set up to help blind or visually impaired people who’s first language is URDU.

The information about the society is in an AUDIO format and has been divided into 16 sections. To listen to a section click on the pointer. The information is also available as a paper document in English and also in URDU. Thanks to Shakil Salam for his valuable help.


Summer Newsletter Now Available

The Society’s summer newsletter is now available by post, email or by collection from the society’s office.

Newspaper-clipart-free-clipart-imagesThis issue contains articles that are of interest to people who have a sight loss.

Should you like a copy sent to you, contact the society’s office

Telephoning 01254 8683


Or by collection from the society’s office at NJK House.

Give As You Live


The society has recently signed up to the fundraising organisation Give as you Live for people who shop online and would like to donate to a charity.  The fundraiser makes it very easy for people who shop online to make a donation to Blackburn and District Blind Society without it costing them anything. The money the society receives helps to support local blind and visually impaired people.

Signing up is very easy, so if you would like to find out more and make Blackburn and District Blind Society your named charity, click on the link below.

Thank you in anticipation

New Equipment Now Available

Check out our “Sale Items” page to see the small range of independent Living Items that are now available and competitively priced

Spot Early Signs of Change in Your Vision



The society has a number of Amsler grid cards supplied by the Macular Society. available free of charge.

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.  One of the first signs of macular degeneration is distortions in sight.  These handy Amsler grids could help you monitor your vision and detect changes.

Telephone the society’s office on 01254 698683 or email or complete the contact page on this website.

These are also available from The Macular Society call 0300 3030111 or visit

Vision Loss Support (VLS)

Vision Loss Support (VLS) – the service our society offers to people experiencing sight loss and who may need advice, equipment or a consultation, is growing in popularity. To cover the expense our volunteers incur, the society is introducing a small charge of £5 per appointment made with our Liaison Officer. This is only applicable for appointments in the client’s home or place of residence. The charge is new and started in January 2016 and hopefully will go some way towards covering travel expenses so our volunteers are not out-of-pocket.

The Society does not receive any Government or Council funding and so is dependent on donations, collections and legacies to maintain its work in supporting local blind and visually impaired people.

Talking Newspaper Funding


In 2015 the talking newspaper was fortunate to be awarded funding from the National Lottery. The much needed funds made it possible to replace most of the old equipment.

The funding also paid for the development of this website with built in audio and colour swapping ability that has improved access for the society’s service users.

A big thank you to the National lottery.

History Research Project

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The Blackburn and District Blind Society was founded in 1881by local people for the welfare of local people. Over the years the society has changed its name and changed how it supports people experiencing sight loss.

During the society’s move to new offices at the Independent Living Service, two old books were found dating back to the early 1900’s containing records of meetings and some accounts. The books were very sketchy but extremely interesting. This discovery started us wondering how the society progressed since 1881.

At the beginning or 2015 the society started a project to record the society’s history since its foundation. The research is now in the hands of Anne Cort one of the societies long standing and valued volunteers.

You can help with this research, if you or a member of your family has any recollection of the society in any way please contact us. We need anything that will help us piece together a long and successful history that could if not recorded be lost forever.

We will return any original photos, documents or letters you have after copying them. We can take notes of your experiences or recollections.

As the project develops we will publish items of interest on this website or in our quarterly newsletter.