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. 


We have been asked by RNIB to circulate a letter giving information and support during the present coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You will find this on page 118

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.

UPDATE -21st September.     Sadly Craven House remains closed with all groups using Beck Hall suspending their activities due to social distancing considerations. Unless they are drastically lifted (which at the moment seems very unlikely) we shall remain closed in the interests of all our users. I continue to work from home with occasional  visits to Craven House to,pick up any ansaphone messages and mail. So if you want to leave a message I will try to reply to you as soon as possible.  Stay safe, stay well.

Mike Beale

Mike Beale

This is Mike Beale,

Secretary at Swindon Blind Association,

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

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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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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 with 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

Please note that meetings have been cancelled until further notice due to the outbreak of coronavius. This message can also be found on our noticeboard.


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 

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.


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