At 151 years old, the Royal Blind Society (RSBsoc) has a long history of supporting people with sight loss. We’d like to thank everyone who has funded our respite services and advice for families over the years. In 2014 due to falling demand we made the difficult decision to close our two hotels, which provided holidays for vision impaired people and their families.
We are now embarking on a journey that we believe will change the lives of thousands of blind children. And we hope you will be part of it.
No child in the UK will grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind
Poverty and loneliness are the hallmarks of the lives of children diagnosed with sight loss. Despite having the same ambitions and hopes as any other children, blind and partially sighted children grow up to be poor and lonely, just because they can’t see.
You are reading this page because the Royal Blind Society is changing its name to the Royal Society for Blind Children and we’ve built a new website to tell the world about our work and how we need to fund to it. The name change reflects our focus on working with 0-25 year olds and their families to improve their life chances.
Our rebrand to ‘RSBC’ will be the first step towards a potential merger with our sister charity the Royal London Society for Blind People. This merger will enable us to fulfil our vision that no child in the UK should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind.
Seeing the whole family through childhood sight loss.
By working closer together our charities will have the geographic reach to deliver a life changing national service to maximise life chances. Our Family Support Service, which supports blind children and their parents, will provide immediate post-diagnosis support, teach key life skills and building confidence in blind children and young people. We aim to have a Family Support Worker in every city in the country and will fundraise up and down the country to achieve this.
The Royal Society for Blind Children will still continue all the work that RBSoc does in supporting blind children to build confidence for life – just under a new name with a new logo and a new website.