Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have a lot to celebrate!
- The Llandudno centre has provided 12,282 stays, with many of our blind veterans making multiple visits to receive rehabilitation, training and respite.
- Our veterans now have a whole range of themed weeks to choose from, like gardening and history, to re-engage with hobbies and interests.
- The range of equipment and facilities on site has grown, providing an improved level of care and rehabilitation.
- The outbuildings have been converted to independent living spaces, where our blind veterans can learn and apply vital skills in a safe setting.
- The grounds have been developed to provide outdoor activity and training spaces, to improve wellbeing and mobility.
Scroll down to our history to discover more about the impact that the centre has had on our veterans over the last ten years.
Help us achieve more
Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our blind veterans, there is a greater need than ever to support our veterans and maintain their emotional and physical wellbeing. Both within the centre and with the support of community teams.
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With the growing amount of research demonstrating the positive impact of outdoor activities and interaction on mental health, we are also looking to develop an outdoor wellbeing space that can be used year round. In addition, we plan to introduce a sensory garden while completing essential facility upgrades to ensure our veterans receive the highest standard of care, rehabilitation and support.
- £100 could cover the cost of recruiting and inducting a volunteer to support and enhance veterans' activities.
- £1,100 could cover the average cost of a residential training week.
- £2,033 could cover the cost of one week's respite care in our Poppy Wing.
- £30,000 could enable us to bring our Outdoor Wellbeing project to life.
Our community teams support 360 blind veterans across Wales. During the pandemic, our centre and community teams adapted their services to ensure our veterans could continue receiving vital support and stay connected. With your help, we can continue supporting our veterans' wellbeing and promote better mental health.
- £20 would cover the cost of a National Creative Project activity pack, enabling a blind veteran to engage with a new hobby or interest.
- £85 would cover the cost of a team member to deliver an IT training session in a blind veteran's home.
- £450 would cover the cost of a providing a Synapptic mobile or tablet so that a blind veteran can interact with other veterans via online group chats or keep in touch with loved ones.
There are so many ways you can get involved to help us continue providing this vital care.
Supporting blind veterans is a great way to bring your team together. Our fundraising activities provide opportunities for team building while raising your profile and vital funds.
Employee fundraising. Hold a Dress Up, run a sweepstake or nominate a team member to take on a challenge and represent your business. Choose one of our fun events or create your own.
Gifts in kind. Give materials, equipment or skills to help one of our projects come to life. Volunteer your team's time to help raise vital funds.
Partnership pledge. Donate a percentage of the income from sales of a product or service.
Charity of the year. Name Blind Veterans UK your charity of the year and use any combination of the above to reach your chosen target. Get in touch to discuss opportunities to fundraise for one of our particular projects to really make your team feel like they are working towards a common goal.
Contact our Community Partnerships team for more information about how you and your organisation can make an impact on the lives of blind veterans in your community.
The centre has changed the lives of veterans like Joan
Our centre at Llandudno formally opened at 10am on Monday 19 September. Built in the 1890s, the building was originally a convalescent home. We adapted it to make it a place for blind veterans to receive vital rehabilitation or enjoy a holiday. Find out more in these short videos.
One of our blind veterans, Billy Baxter, who works at the centre, played an particularly important role in its grand opening. With fellow Members, Chris and Charlie, he walked 327 miles from our Brighton Centre to Llandudno to deliver the key. Billy started to receive support from our charity in 2000 and went on to become a Rehabilitation & Training Support Worker. He now enjoys two roles - working as Member Engagement Officer and serving as Blind Veterans UK Vice President.
We accommodate veterans with all kinds of needs so that they can all get involved with activities and training. Many veterans feel like their life is over when they lose their sight so it is really important to demonstrate that they are still capable of enjoying hobbies and engaging with others.