BlindAid

Grants, practical and emotional support for blind and visually impaired people living in one of the 12 central London boroughs or the City of London.

BlindAid's enthusiastic team is dedicated to working alongside  service users offering friendly company and conversation as well as information and links to other useful organisations.  

The charity aims to improve quality of life and to promote independence.

All services are provided free of charge for service users.

BlindAid's core service is home visiting. It also runs a telephone support service and offers welfare rights support to existing BlindAid service users.

The charity is able to provide the long term loan of radio/audio equipment and may offer grants to support independent living. 

Last updated on 9 May 2019

Who is eligible?

Blind and visually impaired people living in the City of London or one of the 12 central London boroughs:

  • Camden
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Hackney
  • Islington and the City of London
  • Southwark
  • Westminster
  • Wandsworth
  • Lewisham
  • Lambeth
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Greenwich.

Grant applications are accepted from people who fit the above criteria accept grant applications from people who meet the above criteria, who are on means-tested benefits and have less than £4000 in savings.

How to apply?

Individuals should not apply directly. Instead, a professional should apply on the individual's behalf. This might be social services, sensory teams or charities.

Applications are considered all year round. Please phone or email BlindAid to find out how to apply.

Other information

In January 2014 BlindAid launched its first Tri-Borough Community Programmes available for residents of Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth.  This project is funded by BlindAid and is intended to provide a range of programmes for service users to  enjoy inclusive and participative activity with a focus on independence and empowerment in their local community.  All programmes are free of charge.

The programmes are available at:

Southwark Community Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, London SE17 2QB and include:

  • IT training
  • Exercise and dance in the fitness and dance studio
  • Cooking skills and healthy eating
  • Art and craft
  • Coming to terms with sight loss - emotional support - facilitated peer group support
  • Outings - to be agreed with the participants
  • Access to welfare rights support and sensory team support on site.

Contact details

Lantern House
102 Bermondsey Street
London
SE1 3UB
Telephone: 020 7403 6184
Email: enquiries@blindaid.org.uk
Web: http://www.blindaid.org.uk/