Who we are
Wiltshire Sight, formally known as Wiltshire Blind Association, was set up in 1919 to support Blind and Partially-Sighted people from a residential house in St John Street, Devizes. The organisation was relaunched as Wiltshire Sight in September 2014 and moved into new premises at the St Lucy’s Centre, Bath Road, Devizes later that year. Wiltshire Sight is a registered charity that works with visually impaired people and their families to ensure that people living with a visual impairment across the county can lead active and fulfilled lives.
Our main aim is to provide support for people with and at risk of sight or any other sensory loss in the County of Wiltshire and the Borough of Swindon and surrounding area. We do this through providing information advice and guidance, technology support and training and providing social activities and support.
Through our partnership with Vision West of England we also provide training and awareness to help communities, service organisations and the general public across Wiltshire and Swindon to better understand sight loss prevention, and remove barriers and address inequalities for people living with sight loss.
Why we exist
Across the UK, there are more than 2 million people living with sight loss. Current figures from the RNIB suggest that by 2030, 1 in 25 people living in the West of England will have sight loss.
Sight loss can have devastating consequences. It can restrict social interaction, cause isolation, remove a person’s independence and lead to low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence or depression. Wiltshire Sight exists to ensure that individuals with visual impairments are fully supported in living their lives independently and to the full. Whether we are working with someone who has been blind since birth or someone who is only now dealing with the onset of a visual impairment, we offer a range of services that are appropriate to the specific needs of the individual.