Emotional Support

If you are experiencing emotional, psychological or relationship difficulties arising from sight loss, talking to someone with specialist listening skills can help you deal with and understand these.

Marie Evans, Counsellor

Marie Evans, Counsellor

Bournemouth Blind Society offers one to one counselling sessions for people of all ages, including children, who are struggling to come to terms with their sight loss. We also offer one to one or group sessions for family and carers who need emotional support.

Sessions normally take place at our Centre, but home visits may be possible. We do not charge for this service but clients are asked to make a donation if affordable.

Our counsellor, Marie Evans, is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to the BACP Ethical Framework, giving you assurance that she abides by an approved code of conduct.

For further information  please contact  Marie  or phone 01202 522184.

Marie Evans, Counsellor, explains more about the Emotional Support Service

Community Support

Bournemouth Blind Society’s Community Support service enables partially sighted and severely sight impaired people to remain living independently within the community.

We accept self referrals and referrals from any recognised source. At an initial assessment, goals are agreed and an action plan is put into place to achieve the desired outcomes.

Geraldine Bradley Community Support Manager

Geraldine Bradley
Community Support  Manager

Our service may include:

  • Boosting confidence outside the security of the home
  • Guiding within local areas on a regular basis until clients are able to make the journey on their own
  • Organising kitchen/wardrobe contents
  • Creating user friendly filing systems for correspondence
  • Requesting large print utility bills
  • Form filling
  • Signposting to other relevant agencies
  • Informing about useful aids and equipment

For further information,  please contact  Geraldine  or phone 01202 546644.


Bournemouth Blind Society offers a Befriending Service for visually impaired people unable to visit the Centre.

Befrienders can help in many ways such as:

  • Chatting and providing companionship
  • Reading mail, magazines, newspapers or other documents
  • Writing letters, making phone calls
  • Accompanying on short walks

A telephone befriending service is also available.

For further information please contact  Geraldine  or phone 01202 546644.

One of our team, Doug, speaks about his role as a befriender and the benefits his role brings


Bournemouth Blind Society provides a Guiding service, empowering people with sight loss to get out of their homes and back into the community. It aims to reduce the isolation that many with sight loss experience. Working on a one-to-one basis, our fully trained volunteers help people gain the confidence to go out independently and do the things they enjoy, such as attending social clubs or going shopping.

This service is available to family and/or friends of a person with sight loss who wish to support them on an ongoing basis.

Training can also be tailored to the needs of staff in shops and services used by the blind and partially sighted.

For further information, please contact  Geraldine  or phone 01202 546644.

Sight Awareness Training

Sight Awareness Training Session

Sight Awareness Training Session

Bournemouth Blind Society offers a half day training course to help people understand the world of the blind and partially sighted. Trainees learn what it is like to be sight impaired and how loss of sight affects day to day life. The course includes classroom theory sessions followed by practical guided, blindfolded sessions indoors and outdoors. Training can be adapted and could be delivered at your own premises, if preferred.

A recent trainee said, “I found the course so valuable. I had never appreciated how things that I take for granted become difficult without sight, even making a cup of tea needs to be thought about!”

To discuss your training needs, please contact our Chief Executive  Philip  or phone 01202 546644.


Do you belong to a group that has after dinner speakers or group presentations? Do you organise speakers for your group?

Bournemouth Blind Society staff give informative and interesting presentations to any sized groups. They speak about the work of the Society or sight awareness.

There is no charge, but donations to the Society are encouraged. Please contact  Philip  or phone 01202 546644 if you are interested in booking a speaker.

British Wireless for the Blind

We are agents for the  British Wireless for the Blind Fund,  who provide high quality, easy to use audio equipment specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss.

As an agent for BWBF, we ensure the listening needs of each individual are considered and that the appropriate set is offered. We can deliver the equipment to you and provide instruction and training in its operation.

To receive a radio from BWBF on free loan, you will need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Resident in the UK
  • Registered Blind or Partially Sighted
  • Recipient of a means tested benefit
  • Over the Age of 8

If you think you may qualify for a radio on free permanent loan from BWBF, please contact  Caroline  or phone 01202 546644.

Audio Library

Bournemouth Blind Society has a large collection of Audio Books.  There is no charge for this service but books are signed in and out.

For further information please contact  Caroline  or phone 01202 546644.

Transcription Service

Our Transcription Service converts text into Large Print or can be read onto tape, CD or MP3 format.  Conversion into Braille can be organised on your behalf with a secure third party provider.

This service allows anyone with a visual impairment to ‘read’ or listen to transcribed documents at their leisure. Any type of text document can be transcribed and the service is available at a reasonable cost and operated in a secure area with client confidentiality the top priority.

For further information please contact  Philip  or phone 01202 546644.