Our plans for the future and changes in our service delivery

21 October 2016 09:00

Following a comprehensive strategic review of the charity, the Trustees of Blind Veterans UK have set an ambitious target to double the number of blind veterans receiving our life-changing support by 2022. In order to achieve this target we will be making some changes to the way we deliver our services.

We currently support more vision-impaired veterans than ever before in the charity’s history. We also know that our current and future membership is ageing. In five years, more than 40% of the blind veterans we support will be over 90. That’s why, following a period of consultation, we have taken the decision to invest in community-based teams to make our services more accessible to our beneficiaries. In order to do this we are substantially increasing our number of frontline staff and will be developing our infrastructure. This decision is in line with our proud tradition of adapting to meet the changing needs of the blind veteran community throughout our more than 100 year history.

The plans include a number of changes:

  • The introduction of 19 new community teams across the UK
  • Opening pilot facilities in the North East, the Midlands and the South West to complement our existing centres in Llandudno and Brighton
  • Phased closure of our Sheffield centre
  • Increased partnerships and collaboration with like-minded charities and other organisations

This is the beginning of an exciting new era in the history of Blind Veterans UK. We believe no one who has served their country should have to battle blindness alone. We continue to develop and improve our services to help blind ex-Service men and women live their lives as independently as possible.