Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded supports service veterans who have visual impairments in both eyes and live in Scotland. The aim is to maintain and increase their independence and improve their quality of life.

Grants may be given to:

  • Buy household items that they need, such as a cooker or washing machine
  • Fund specific equipment to assist with other disabilities, such as specialist seating or mobility aids
  • Assist with a move to more suitable accommodation
  • Fund housing adaptations to ensure that the person continues to be able to remain independent at home, such as a stair lift or ramp
  • Provide computer equipment and/or training that will assist the member to continue with or undertake specific activities that are important to them.

We also make sure that all our members are receiving the right benefits by putting them in touch with a local organisation who can help and have specialist knowledge of the issues that a visual impairment brings.

Last updated on 31 October 2019

Who is eligible?

Members of Scottish War Blinded who live in Scotland, have previously done military service and have visual impairment in both eyes. 

Military service

You need to have served in:

  • The UK regular Armed Forces, including the UK reserve Armed Forces or National Service, or
  • Served under Naval command in the Merchant Navy, or in Polish/Indian forces under British command, or
  • and/or served in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.

Sight loss

You do not need to be registered blind or partially sighted. Unfortunately if you only have sight loss in one eye, or you are still able to drive, you can't become a member

Your sight loss does not have to have happened during your time in the Armed Forces. Many of our members have lost their sight due to old age or illness.

How to apply?

Before applying you must become a member of Scottish War Blinded. It is free to become a member. Contact the charity on 0800 035 6409 or fill in the contact form on the Scottish War Blinded website to find out how to become a member. 

If you are already a member and need financial assistance, contact your outreach worker. Your outreach will assist you to complete the application form. 

Other information

The charity provides practical, emotional and financial support that is tailored to suit the needs of each person.

Support includes:

  •    Expert rehabilitation, mobility and independent living guidance
  •    Assistance on skills such as computing and cooking with sight loss
  •    Specialist equipment to help veterans live in their own homes
  •    Signposting to advice with pensions and benefits
  •    Funding for services to enable and empower veterans’ independence
  •    Social events and activities throughout Scotland.

Support is available at veterans' home, locally and at our centres in West Lothian and in Renfrewshire. Contact Scottish War Blinded for more information. 

Contact details

50 Gillespie Crescent
EH10 4JB

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