Launched in 1928 we have been providing radios to visually impaired people for 90 years. We pride ourselves on providing a personal service to each individual who receives a new set.
For people with sight loss, life becomes a challenge; not just the difficulty of getting out and about, but also the everyday tasks that we take for granted - like turning on the radio in the morning to listen to the news.
By providing the equipment on a free loan to those who are unable to afford a specially adapted radio we help improve the daily lives of visually impaired people.
We are a small team of 17 staff based at our head office in Maidstone, Kent as well as four regional development managers. We have a fantastic team of over 70 volunteers who work to support us and those in need.
We work alongside a network of local agents, including blind societies and local authority sensory teams to enable us to provide our service all throughout the UK.
With more than 48 million people listening to broadcast radio every week, its future is assured and its importance as a source of news and entertainment to the visually impaired community undiminished.
Although progress in medical science is resulting in more treatments for a variety of causes of blindness, sadly there are many people whose sight loss cannot be reversed. We want to always be able to say “yes” to those in need and we aim to continue to provide accessible radio and audio to them all.