Rehabilitation and training

We have two centres in England and Wales; on the South Coast and in North Wales. Each centre is a place for recreation, training and rehabilitation for blind veterans and their families.

Veteran making a cup of tea

Our rehabilitation officers are professionally qualified specialists who help veterans adjust to sight loss. Many people who have recently lost their vision don't realise that there are simple skills and strategies that will allow them to live more independently. We teach blind veterans these skills, giving them plenty of encouragement and reassurance.

Assessing vision

Many people who are registered as blind still have some useful vision. Our rehabilitation officers assess their vision and, if possible, help them learn how to best use it. Sometimes this means simple changes like better lighting and magnifiers.

Getting around

Using a white cane makes getting around much easier, but it takes training and encouragement from the right teacher. These skills reassure people that they can get around when they need to. Our rehabilitation officers help our blind veterans learn the best routes, whether they're on foot or using public transport.

Rebuilding lives

Sight loss can take so much from our veterans but through rehabilitation we can help them rebuild their lives. For many a simple piece of technology can be life-changing. Just being able to make a cup of tea or tell the time again can be the first step back to regaining their independence.

Stories of rehabilitation

If you know of a veteran with sight loss

please download an application form or apply online.

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Billy Drinkwater & Ken Facal Meet our blind veterans

Inspiring stories of how Blind Veterans UK helped rebuild the lives of blind veterans with sight loss

Veterans in the Brighton lounge How we support blind veterans

Blind Veterans UK provides practical and emotional support to ex-Service men and women with sight loss

A blind veteran with a nurse Introduction weeks

Blind veterans come to one of our centres to learn new skills to help them to adapt to life beyond sight loss