Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a charity offering practical and emotional support to anyone in the UK living with sight loss. The charity’s aims are to stop people losing their sight unnecessarily, and to support blind and partially sighted people to live independently.

What they do

They listen, campaign, work energetically with others and show what can be achieved. Their work includes:

  • Campaigning to ensure proven treatments for sight-threatening conditions are available on the NHS.
  • Offering emotional and practical support, products to make life easier and advice about money, eye health and local services.
  • Improving educational opportunities for blind and partially sighted children and adults, including those with complex needs.
  • Enabling people with sight loss to retain and gain jobs.
  • Working with transport operators, retailers and banks to enable more people with sight loss to travel, shop and run their own finances.
  • Influencing partners across the world to make computers, television, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems easier.

If you, someone you know, or someone you support has a sight problem, call the RNIB helpline for advice and products you need from RNIB and Action for Blind People to remain independent. They are available to answer your call Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5.30pm. Outside these times, leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Details are at the bottom of the page.

How they can help

  • Give you free information about your eye condition and available treatments
  • Direct you to the people, services and organisations there to help, both locally and nationally, including voluntary groups and support from social services
  • Let you know about any financial benefits and grants that you could be entitled to
  • Recommend everyday products that can help make life easier, available from our online shop and other centres
  • Suggest ways you can continue to enjoy your hobbies and leisure time
  • Help you join and use our library service of over 40,000 titles in braille, Moon, giant print and audio
  • Let you know about employment, training and education opportunities
  • Advise on housing options, whether staying in your own home or moving elsewhere
  • Provide access to emotional support and counselling services or simply to offer a listening ear.

Our specialist advice workers will spend time with you over the phone, making sure the support they give is right for you. We’ll call you back a few weeks later to find out how you’re getting on and what else we can do to help.


For more information, please contact RNIB directly on the details below:

Telephone: 0303 123 9999


RNIB Headquarters
105 Judd Street