The society has recently signed up to the fundraising organisation Give as you Livefor 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact page on this website.
These are also available from The Macular Society call 0300 3030111 or visit www.macularsociety.org
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.
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.
Tea and biscuits are planned for all our meetings and start at 10.am and usually end at 11.45.am. The Macular Support group meeting will be part of the Coffee morning on the fourth Thursday of the month
We ask for a donation of £1 per person to cover the costs but refills are available for those who would like a second fine brew.
There will be a raffle on every 4th Thursday Coffee Morning of the month throughout this year. All proceeds going to the Society’s upkeep.
Everyone is welcome, if you have an eye condition or if you care for someone who has, then please feel free to come along and find out how we can assist you.
The meetings are held at the Mill Hill Community Centre, New Chapel Street, Mill Hill, Blackburn, BB2 4DT. Should you want advice or assistance, contact the Society on 01254 698683 or use the contact page on this website.
The Macular Support Group joins the coffee morning group and meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Mill Hill Community Centre.
The Macular Support Group is co-ordinated by Margaret Yates who can be contacted via this website or on the society’s telephone number (01254) 698683 or by email email@example.com
The group was set up to address needs of people who have recently been diagnosed with the Macular condition or people who want support with developing alternative skills that may include IT and audio devices.
The group also benefits from regular updates from the Macular Society where on-going research into the condition is funded.