Our Re-Launch

Wiltshire Blind Association has relaunched as Wiltshire Sight on 26th September 2014, along with a new tag line “Supporting people living with sight loss”. We are now supporting more people than ever in Wiltshire with sight loss, both at our unique sight loss centre in Devizes and in the community.

Q: Why did the charity move and what costs were involved?

A: It was recognised that our old offices in Commercial Road were no longer fit for purpose. The accessibility was difficult and there was no provision for disabled people. We did not have space to run groups or even hold meetings, so had to pay to use external venues. When we reviewed our services we wanted to make sure that our customers were at the heart of everything we do and we wanted to provide them with the best facilities as well.

Our new centre is located on the former council offices site in Devizes and was in fact the former Register Office, so the location is well known locally. We have good parking and the building is light and airy and offers full disabled access. We’re on a main bus route from Swindon to Trowbridge.

We were able to purchase the building with a legacy that had been left to us some years ago by George Lacy, which had been set aside by the Trustees for improvements to our premises. Once our old premises have been sold the funds will be used to support the core running costs of our services.

Our new building is a centre for visually impaired people. We are able to run group training, meetings and social activities. We have secured grant funding to equip the building with the latest Assistive Technology products and we have a wide range of low vision aids for demonstration.

Q: Why did Wiltshire Blind Association change its name?

A: For more than 95 years, the charity has worked with adults and young people across the county who have a vision impairment to enable them to live full and independent lives. With new services such as children’s and family activities, an early intervention programme and sight loss information workshops, the charity felt it was time to update its name and brand.

We want to reach out to more people, whatever their degree of visual impairment, because we believe no one should have to deal with sight loss alone and un-supported. Many people have told us that sight loss is a more inclusive term than blind and will help to broaden the appeal of our services so that more people will benefit.

We believe that our new name will also help us generate the income and partnerships we need to secure and expand our services for the future.

Existing services will continue to be delivered by the same people as before, just under a new name.