Blind Veterans UK

A nationwide service

At Blind Veterans UK, we provide veterans with rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support.

We’re one transformational team that believes every vision-impaired veteran should be able to lead the life they choose. Together we can help rebuild lives after sight loss.

We help blind ex-Servicemen and women of every generation. Since 1915, we’ve provided support to tens of thousands of vision-impaired veterans.

Together we can help rebuild blind veterans’ lives after sight loss. Away from isolation. Towards a life of fulfilment.

Blind Veterans UK can help you to live a fulfilling, independent life after sight loss. We believe that no one should battle blindness alone. 

We offer a bespoke service to every one of our beneficiaries, providing rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support for life. 

Whether you need help with day-to-day living, getting out and about or staying in touch with loved ones, our expert staff are here to help you adjust to life with a visual impairment and relearn vital life skills.

Helping you to live independently 
Many people who lose their sight do not realise that there are simple skills and strategies that can help them to live more independently. We are here to teach you these skills, and allow you to live a fulfilling life again. Whether it’s relearning how to do activities that you enjoyed before you lost your sight, or taking on a new task, we will help you set and reach your goals. With our help, our veterans have tackled challenges they previously never thought possible.   

What we can do for you
Rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation officers are specially trained to help veterans like you adjust to living with sight loss. Our care is tailored to your individual needs, so your rehabilitation programme is just that – yours.

Our team assess how you cope with carrying out day-to-day tasks. They will work with you to identify what you need help with and what your goals are. Your rehab programme will be based around what you need, and continually assessed during your time with us.

We will help you with things like: 

  • making the most of your remaining vision
  • mobility training to get you out and about again
  • learning independent living skills
  • staying connected with loved ones 

But perhaps your goals are smaller, for now. Maybe you just need help getting dressed in the morning, making a cup of tea, brushing your teeth, or cooking a hot meal. Whatever you need, we will give you and your family the support you need to get back to living life to the fullest.

Service access criteria: 1) Military service You need to have served in: The UK Armed Forces, including National Service or the Reserves / Territorial. Served during WWII in the Merchant Navy, or in Polish/Indian forces under British command. Or also any emergency services personnel who lost their sight during their active duties (police, fire, ambulance). 2) Sight loss criteria To meet our ophthalmic criteria, you need to present with visual acuities in both eyes. With certain ophthalmic conditions where field loss is a factor we request field test results and take these into consideration when determining whether or not an applicant meets our ophthalmic criteria.
Advice to businesses and voluntary organisations
Activities for older people
Advocacy for social care clients
Arts and creativity
Connecting with others
Healthy lifestyle
Information and advice
Mental health
Services for older people
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Waiting list (weeks): 0
Key words - separate with a comma: vision, sight loss, support, advocacy, signposting