Change of Building Name



The new owners of the building our office is located in have changed the buildings name from Cobham House to NJK House with immediate effect.

The name change should end a long running confusion with a building with a similar name and put an end to mail delivered incorrectly. All our other contact details remain the same.

Should you wish to call in the office, we are on the corner of Wilkinson Way and Haslingden Road.

January’s SMARTREAD Now Available.

Just in and only 6 copies available, this month’s SMARTREAD magazine for smart people with the macular condition.

Telephone 01254 698683 or email: or call in for a free copy.

2018 Newsletter Now Available

The Society’s first newsletter for 2018 is now available by post or email or at the society’s office.

Newspaper-clipart-free-clipart-imagesThis issue contains details of the launch of our New Vision Walls project, as well as articles that are of interest to people who have recently had a sight loss.

Should you like a copy sent to you, contact the society’s office by telephoning 01254 8683 or by email or by our contact page on this website or pick up a copy from the society’s office at Cobham House.

Talking Newspaper Recordist Needed

Talking Newspaper Recordist Needed


Our Talking Newspaper is recorded and distributed to over 50 blind or visually impaired people each week. We have 4 teams of volunteers who read the news for each issue.

We have a computer program and a basic sound desk that controls the microphones and then transfers the recording onto USB’s that are then distributed to our listeners.

We need a person who has a basic computer skill to use the computer and sound desk. All the instructions are easy to follow step by step instructions and there is always somebody to help if needed. If you can use an ipad you can do this.

So if you have some time to spare on a Wednesday on once a month and would like to help as a volunteer, why not get in touch and join our friendly group.

Contact Mike on 01254 698683 or email

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.