Welcome to the official Swindon Blind Association website! Please see below for small staff biographies, general information, events and contact details. On this page there is an introduction about the lead figureheads of the Swindon Blind Association, please take a read to gather some knowledge on the people behind our organisation by clicking on the three images below. 

Mike Beale

This is Mike Beale,

Secretary at Swindon Blind Association,

MIke has been Secretary for 17 years and is currently Actring Treasurer

Our Logo

Swindon Blind Association Logo,

We were formed in 1926 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 Swindons  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. 


Mandy King

This is Mandy King,

The Chairman of Swindon Blind Association,

and daughter of our late Chairman, John Vickery





9th Novermber


At other times by appointment

10.00 - 12 noon

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






Next meeting 

24th October

10.00 - 12 noon

The Visual Impairment Support Team organised by the Liaison Officer Chris Gough from the GWH Eye Clinic has its drop-in centre in Craven House. Please come along and chat to others experiencing the same challenges you face.  Refreshments provided.

Chris Gough on



1st November


10.30 am - 12.30 p.m.

Blind Veterans UK hold a Coffee Morning on the 1st Friday of the month. These are drop-in sessions and members of Blind Veterans UK are welcome to attend for as long, or as little, as they wish. For further information contact 01454 617920


01454 617920

2pm -   4 pm

Swindon Bats Social Club meet in Beck Hall every other Monday. 

  10am - 1 pm

Swindon Blind Craft Club meets every Tuesday. Further details on our web page 


01793 523374

2pm -

4 pm

The Wednesday Social Club meets every week  Further details on our web page





7th November

9.30am - 1 pm

RNIB will be holding the first of their regular meetings at Craven House. They will then meet here on the first Thursday of each month.



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.

At the Annual General  Meeting held on 10th Jiune 2019, the Committee was re-elected en bloc.

Chairman: Mandy King       Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Beale   Trustees: Helen Beale   Rod Law   Malcolm Chivers

Websites that are linked with the Swindon Blind Association include the Swindon Bats Club and Swindon Talking Newspaper 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. Beck Hall, adjoining Craven House is used by various clubs during the week, as listed below

Swindon Bats Social Club

Swindon Blind Association Craft Club

Swindon Blind Association Wedndesday Club

GWH Eye Clinic Drop-in Centre

Blind Veterans UK 


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



Guide Dogs

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

The Wednesday Social Club

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


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:

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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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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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Welcome to the Wednesday Club web-page - the Wednesday Club is a Social Club that meets every Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00. 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.
Thamesdown Transport services 12,15,22,25, 70A and 72A as well as Stagecoach services 9, 19,and 49 stop almost opposite Craven House and there is a pedestrian controlled crossing nearby.

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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