Who we are
We are Blind Veterans UK and we believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone.
That's why we're here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support, which we provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or what caused their sight loss.
We help veterans recover their independence and discover life beyond sight loss.
What we do
We provide vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans with the person-centred services and tailored support they need to discover life beyond sight loss. Blind Veterans UK's work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.
Sir Arthur Pearson, who owned the Evening Standard and founded the Daily Express, established Blind Veterans UK in 1915. Having lost his own sight through glaucoma, he was shocked at society's attitude to blindness. He decided to help those who had lost their vision in the First World War by giving them the care and rehabilitation they needed to lead constructive, self-sufficient lives.
Blind Veterans UK today
Nearly a century later, Blind Veterans UK not only cares for ex-Service men and women blinded in action, but for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age. We have three centres (in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield) that provide residential and respite care plus sports facilities, as well as qualified welfare staff who support blind veterans across the UK to live independently within their own communities.
To find out more about our services to members, please download our Service Users' Guide.
We help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and
fulfilling lives by supporting them with our expertise, experience
and full range of services.
We give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision impaired members of our military since 1915.
We depend on our supporters' generosity for the work we do for blind ex-Service men and women.
Whether you give a few pounds or a few hours of your time, it all helps us do our crucial work to help veterans live independently with sight loss.
Our vision, mission and values
The vision, mission and values of Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan's
Blind Veterans UK
Military charity St Dunstan's becomes Blind Veterans UK
Patrons and governing body
We are proud and honoured that our patron is Her Majesty The Queen