Welcome to British Wireless For The Blind Fund
Living with sight loss can be lonely and isolating, causing many to revert into themselves only making this issue worse. The British Wireless for the Blind Fund aims to ease these feelings by providing the joy of sound along with the companionship of radio.
We supply specially adapted audio equipment to those who would not usually be able to afford it, on a free loan to visually impaired people all across the UK.
We are not government funded so it is thanks only to the continued generosity of our supporters that we can carry on helping people who need it the most.
The number of people living with sight loss is set to double to more than 4 million by 2050, and we aim to make life for those suffering better.
British Wireless For The Blind Fund
Keeping everyone connected
After many days of online planning and careful consideration we are pleased to announce that we will be launching a new short-term service called BWBFconnect.
This will enable us to reach out to new beneficiaries and help them get connected to the outside world during these difficult times.
As we have stated in previous updates, we all find ourselves in a continually evolving landscape and we will be doing everything we can to maintain this new service. However, there may well be reasons beyond our control relating to delivery or further government restrictions which mean we have to amend or put a stop to this service at very short notice.
Important information about the new BWBFconnect service:
- Our eligibility criteria will remain the same
- Will you be happy and are you capable of receiving a couriered doorstep delivery?
- Our main customer support telephone line 01622 754 757 will be available Monday to Friday between 9am & 5pm where we will take your information and arrange for a volunteer or staff member to ring you at your convenience to talk you through the operation of your new radio
- You will also receive a follow up call from one of your team of volunteers 7 days later
- You will also have the alternate option of waiting for a volunteer visit to set up your radio once the UK government have given us clear and definitive instructions that it is safe to do so
- Any new referral will take between 5 - 10 days to complete and on occasion may take a day or two longer dependant on stock availability and courier delays
Finally, we would like to reassure you and your friends and family that we remain absolutely committed to the safety and well-being of our beneficiaries and that of our team.
Please bookmark this page and keep checking back for all future updates to our service
You will also be able to find updates on our social media platforms by searching for the hashtag #BWBFconnect
For health information and advice, read the NHS pages on coronavirus
Learn about the latest government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK
Just a few quotes from beneficiaries that we have managed to help during the current Coronavirus lockdown period.
“I live alone and, at the moment I can’t see my grandchildren or my children. But things like the radio help.”
“You feel someone else is there. It’s like being part of a conversation.”
“It’s extra company. It’s the first thing that I do when I come down in the morning – the radio goes on.”
“I’ve not been getting any post at the moment and I live alone – this has just been a God send.”
“It’s helped me keep my sanity.
“You put the TV on and all you get is sadness 24/7.”
“The radio is a respite from Covid. It gets overpowering when you’re by yourself and can’t talk to anyone.
“It’s in your head all the time. But I put my stations on and just chill – so it’s a total escape.”
Following on from our announcement about our new service, BWBFconnect, we now need your support.
Can you help us help the next 10 callers to our support lines?
Which? The consumer association recently published an article that included the government’s plans for a review of the radio industry. that will take in to account the full range of ways people listen to the radio, including analogue, DAB and online listening through apps and smart speakers. Read the full article in our news section