SWINDON BLIND ASSOCIATION

Introduction

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 about the people behine our organisation by clicking on the three images below. 

NOTICE

We are pleased to announce that the RNIB now hold regular monthly meetings at Craven House. Please see the noticeboard on our website for further details.

 We are pleased to announce that Craven House has re-opened after being closed throughout the Covid pandemic. 

Activities in Beck Hall have returned to normal, whatever that is now !  

Both the Craft Club and Wednesday Social Club have re-opened.

If you are a member of one of the other groups who regularly meet in Beck Hall, you will be contacted by them to advise when they plan to resume.

Both the Craft and Wednesday Social Clubs would be pleased to welcome new members. Check out their separate pages for details. You can also contact us on (01793) 523374.

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    Minutes of the 93rd Annual General Meeting held in Beck Hall, Craven House on Monday 27th September 2021.

1. Apologies were received from Helen Beale.

2. The minutes of the 92nd Annual General Meeting were read and approved.

    Proposed: Rod New      Seconded: Malcolm Chivers

3. Chairman's Report:  Noted

4. Secretary's Report: Noted

5. Treasurer's Report: Noted

6. Acceptance of the Annual Report and Accounts

    Proposed:  Mandy King    Seconded: Malcolm Chivers

    The Annual Report and Accounts were accepted.

    * A copy of the Annual Report and Accounts has been sent to the Charity              Commission and will appear on their website in due course. To view this             document you will need to enter the Swindon Blind Association Registered

     Charity Number which is 203090.

7.  Election of Committee and Trustees

     All of the Committee agreed to stand for re-election

    Proposed: That the Committee be re-elected en bloc

    Proposed: Rod New        Seconded: Mike Beale

    Proposal accepted unanimously.

8. Any other business:    None

The meeting closed at 7.40 p.m.

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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 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. 

 

Mandy King


This is Mandy King,

The Chairman of Swindon Blind Association,

and daughter of our late Chairman, John Vickery

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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 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. 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 Annuone 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 

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 providedm 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.


Activities have now resumed following the lockdown. 

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:
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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.

Following the re-opening of Beck Hall after the Covid pandemic the club resumes its meetings on 6th September.

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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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