SWINDON BLIND ASSOCIATION

We were formed in 1927 as a self governing branch of the county association. 

We have been based at Craven House since 1937. The Association was originally titled 'Swindon Branch - Wiltshire Blind Association'.

We are a charity created in the early 1960s. Our constitution stated that we are 'An independent charity, affiliated to, but not controlled by Wiltshire Blind Association', When the county association decided to change their name to Wiltshire Sight, our trustees felt this did not reflect our commitment to blind people in Swindon  At an Extraordinary General Meeting on the 17th November 2014, it was formally agreed to change our name to our present title and amend our constitution accordingly. 

We have changed our logo. Designed by Steve Beale it will appear on all our letterheads and can be seen on the page depicting our leading officers.

Contact Details:   

Telephone: 01793 523374

e-mail: sbaswindon@gmail.com 

LATEST NEWS:  Mr. and Mrs Sheppard of Corby Avenue have for several years decorated the front of their house with Christmas lights while inviting anyone coming to see them to make a donation to their chosen charity. This year they have chosen SWINDON BLIND ASSOCIATION. We thank them most sincerely for this kind gesture.

                        If you would like to see their display and support SWINDON BLIND ASSOCIATION,  Corby Avenue is off Marlborough Road in Old Town. Take the turning close to the Pipers Way Roundabout into Scotby Avenue. At the next roundabout turn right into Corby Avenue.  


Mike Beale


This is Mike Beale,

Secretary at Swindon Blind Association,

MIke has been Secretary for 18 years and is currently Actring Treasurer

Our Logo


Logo

Swindon Blind Association Logo,

We were formed in 1927 as a self governing branch of the county association. 

We have been based at Craven House since 1937. The Association was originally titled 'Swindon Branch - Wiltshire Blind Association'.

We are a charity created in the early 1960s. Our constitution stated that we are 'An independent charity, affiliated to, but not controlled by Wiltshire Blind Association', When the county association decided to change their name to Wiltshire Sight, our trustees felt this did not reflect our commitment to blind people in Swindon  At an Extraordinary General Meeting on the 17th November 2014, it was formally agreed to change our name to our present title and amend our constitution accordingly. 

We have changed our logo. Designed by Steve Beale it will appear on all our letterheads and can be seen on the page depicting our leading officers.

 

Mandy King


 

 

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3rd December 2022

10am - 12 noon.

At other times by appointment

RESOURCE CENTRE     The Resource Centre will be open for anyone who is visually impaired to view and try out a range of equipment including talking watches and clocks, screen readers plus other equipment specifically designed for your use.

Contact: (01793) 523374 

26th January 2023

10.00am - 12 noon

GWH EYE CLINIC DROP-IN CENTRE      The Visual Impairment Support Team organised by the Liaison Officer Chris Gough from the GWH Eye Clinic, has a drop-in centre which meets in Craven House on the 4th Thursday of every month (except December). Please come along and chat to others experiencing the same challenges you face. Refreshments provided.

27th January 2023

10.30am -12.30pm

BLIND VETERANS UK  hold a coffee morning on the last Friday of the month.These are drop-in sessions and members are welcome to attend for as long, or as little, as they wish' 

For further iniformation contact 01454 617920

Every other Monday.

SWINDON BATS SOCIAL CLUB meet in Beck Hall 

Contact: 07788 150487

Every week,                                    10am - 1 pm

SWINDON BLIND CRAFT CLUB meets every Tuesday. Further details on our web page . New members welcome.

Contact: (01793) 523374

Every week                                     2pm.-4 pm 

14th December

Last meeting of 2022 

WEDNESDAY SOCIAL CLUB  meets in Beck Hall   Transport may be provided

Further details on our web page.

19th January 2023

11am - 1 pm

RNIB will be holding regular monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month.

Contact Bernice.Cocking@rnib.org.uk

 


INFORMATION

Welcome to the information page.

Please see the information below for any contact details, external sites and other useful material we offer to blind people in Swindon.

Websites that are linked with the Swindon Blind Association include the Swindon Bats Club and Swindon Talking News Website.

The Resource Centre contains a comprehensive range of aids and equipment for you to try; including talking clocks and watches, liquid level indicators, as well as reading aids which can be connected directly to your television. The Centre is open on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12pm  or at other times by appointment. Swindon Blind Association does not sell equipment but we can loan equipment for a short period to enable a blind person to use it in their own home to find if it is suitable for their needs. We can also assist in placing an order from one of our suppliers if they cannot see well enough to complete an order form. 

Beck Hall, adjoining Craven House is used by various clubs during the week, as listed below:

  

Swindon Blind Craft Club

The Swindon Blind Craft Club meets on Tuesdays at Craven House, between 10am and 1pm.

They would like to welcome new members. for further information call Louise Curtis on 07703 306 403

Club activities have now resumed after the lockdown. Lou Curtis is currently planning a new range of activities. 

 

Unfortunately transport to the club cannot be provided but there is a regular bus service which stops at The Brow, almost opposite Craven House with a light controlled crossing a few yards further along Victoria Road which provides a safe access to the building.

 

Guide Dogs

The local Guide Dogs for the Blind Association also have regular meetings in Beck Hall at Craven House.

Now that Craven House has re-opened, the local secretary will advise you of their next meeting.

The Wednesday Social Club

The Social Club meets every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. If you need it, transport can be provided 

If you are interested in joining the Club, please call (01793) 523374 so we can put you in touch with the club leader, Mrs Beryl Vickery.

New members are always welcome.

 

CRAFT CLUB

Welcome to the Craft Club web-page - see the information below to learn about how the club is run, what happens and when it's running.

Swindon Blind Craft Club meets on Tuesdays between 10 am and 1 pm
You can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including creating baskets, painting and tile decoration!
Ensure you check Swindon Talking News for any updates about the Craft Club:

CLICK HERE



GUIDE DOGS

Welcome to the Guide Dogs web-page - see the information below to find out who to contact for more information regarding the Guide Dog committee meetings.


The local Guide Dogs for the Blind Association also hold regular committee meetings. For more information contact Alan Fletcher on (01793) 827589.

 

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SWINDON BATS

Welcome to the Swindon Bat's Page!

Swindon Bats have a social club which meets in Beck Hall every other Monday from 2pm
For further information telephone 07788150487

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WEDNESDAY CLUB


Welcome to the Wednesday Club web-page - the Wednesday Club is a Social Club that meets every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm.. The meetings are held in Beck Hall at Craven House, more information is provided below including transport information on how to get to Craven House.

Don't worry if you can't get here - Transport may be provided.

There is a regular bus service which stops in Victoria Road at The Brow which is almost opposite Craven House. A light controlled pedestrian crossing nearby will ensure your safety.

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CONTACT

If you have any queries, don't hesitate to contact us

Craven House, 145 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BU

Phone: 01793 523374

Email: sbaswindon@talktalk.net

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