Corona Virus Update 24 March 2020

Blackburn and District Blind Society.

Covid19 update 24 March 2020.

Our office at NJK House is now closed to everyone and there are notices posted at the entrances to the building to this effect. 

The production of the Talking Newspaper including the Magazine was stopped on Wednesday 18th March and will be suspended until further notice.

The monthly Coffee Morning meetings at the Mill Hill Community Centre have also been cancelled.

All home visits by our Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) have stopped and will resume when the current situation has passed.

We will continue to provide support and information to our service users over the telephone and online.

  • Telephone 01254 698683 if there is no answer leave your name and number and we will return your call. Please remember to speak slowly and clearly so we can record your details.
  • Email
  • Visit our website at for updated information.

During these uncertain times, the health and well being of our community is our upmost priority.

Mike Latham.  CEO, Blackburn and District Blind Society.

Internet and Technology Help

Help With Internet Technology.

Are you finding it difficult using your Ipad, Kindle, laptop because of your vision?

We offer a FREE 1 hour one to one help session with any piece of IT equipment you are having difficulty with.

 Our partnership with the national charity, RNIB continues to offer IT support for people with an eyesight condition with any phone, laptop, iPad or computer program.

Should you wish to find out more telephone 01254 698683 or email us at

I.T. Help sessions are arranged every third Thursday of the month at the society’s office.

Vision Loss Support

The Society’s Vision Loss Support service continues to offer advice for people experiencing sight loss. advice about appropriate equipment and also an opportunity for consultation regarding their eyesight. There is a small charge of £5 per appointment, to cover travel expenses at the client’s residence.

There is no charge for people attend an appointment at the society’s office.

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.

To make an appointment or to find out more telephone 01254 698683

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

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

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

Our History 2 Jpeg

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.

Society Coffee Mornings


Coffee Morning Dates and Guest Speakers.

July 25th – Tax, Care & Toy Boys – Coop.

August – No Coffee Morning Due to Holidays.

September 26th – Blind Veterans – Audrey Gardiner.

October 24th – British Red Cross – Eric Lee.

November 28 – Natwest Bank – Nicola Henshall.

Usually On the Fourth Thursday of the Month.

Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and Raffles are planned for all our meetings starting at and usually ending at We also enjoy meeting our Macular Support group who share the morning.

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.

All proceeds of the raffle 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 regarding any eye condition, contact the Society on 01254 698683 or email .

Macular Support Group

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

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.