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Our History

Dorset Blind Association has existed for almost a century, always with the same goal: helping blind and visually impaired people in Dorset.

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1918

Dorset Blind Association was formed under the name DorsetShire County Association for the care of the Blind (DCAB). It was intended to help veterans returning from the war who sustained injuries affecting their sight.

1924

Blind homeworkers are paid to make baskets and nets. Other blind people are trained to work as musicians, masseuses, knitters and piano tuners

1969

We are offered a mini-bus for the use of blind people in Poole, from Bonhomie United Charity Society, Southampton.
We also receive financial help from Hetherington Charities for Aged Blind Persons, Cloth workers company, Gardner's Trust for the Blind, The Royal Blind Pension Society, London Association for the Blind and the Hampshire & I.O.W. Educational Trust for the Blind.

1986

The first paid secretary is hired, after almost 70 years of DCAB's existence. Her job was to set up local branch committees to oversee each area and to work towards a resource centre.

1989

DCAB issued the first Link Magazine, which has now become the Dorset Link Newsletter

2005

The DorsetShire County Association for the care of the Blind becomes the Dorset Blind Association.

2014

We launch a new website, designed to be easier for people with sight loss to access.

Today

With the help of more than 400 dedicated volunteers, Dorset Blind Association helps around 1,000 visually impaired people in Dorset each month. We continue our mission to help make their lives better.

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