Posts By: dbavolunteer

Getting Out & About During The Pandemic

BBC Radio Solent was interested in how people with sight loss cope with getting out and about with the social distancing restrictions. Karen Wye let them tag along on one of her outings to give them some insight. You can listen to Karen and Moira Kopanycia-Reynolds on the Radio Solent Breakfast Show below. Hear the… Read more »

National Lottery Community Fund

We were delighted to be told just yesterday that our application to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund had been successful, and we’ve been awarded a grant to help fund the ongoing delivery of our mobile equipment service for the next 6 months. That’s a vitally important service, giving people direct access to specialist equipment and… Read more »

Help Us Celebrate Our 102nd Birthday!

Help us celebrate our 102nd Birthday! It’s a challenging year (minor understatement) and we’d like you to help us see it off in a positive way! A lot has changed in the last two years, we have opened three more charity shops to support our work, which is great. The shops aren’t able to generate… Read more »

Virtual Befriending Services

Our CEO Jonathan Holyhead recently spoke to Radio Solent about our virtual befriending services and the great work our volunteers and members are doing to support each other. Listen to the interview below:

Community Support Updates

What have our very own Fab Four been up to? A recent survey by one of our sister charities showed that of almost 1,000 blind and visually impaired people only 17% of respondents were contacted by their local sensory team during the first ten weeks of the pandemic lockdown. We would expect similar numbers here…. Read more »

FREDDIE HAS SMASHED IT!

Freddie is doing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year and as part of that, has ridden his bike more than 300km throughout the summer holidays to raise funds for Dorset Blind Association.  He smashed his fundraising goal of £750 by raising an amazing £1570! His support team, Mum (Kate) and brother (Alexander) also… Read more »

TV Licence Changes

From 1 August 2020, the concessions scheme for over 75’s is changing. If you or someone you live with is blind (severely sight impaired), regardless of their age, you could receive a 50% discount on the cost of a TV licence. If you receive Pension credit or Pension Savings credit you should be eligible for… Read more »

Back Open and Busy, Busy, Busy!

All four of our charity shops are now back open and have been extremely busy in the first few days, especially at Southbourne and Lower Parkstone. A huge “thank you” to all customers who have visited the shops and especially for observing our social distancing guidelines so well. Thank you also to people who have… Read more »

Follow Freddies Progress

Freddie is doing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year and as part of that, is riding his bike throughout the summer holidays.  He wants to see how far he can cycle and at the same time raise funds for the Dorset Blind Association.  He is aiming to do 300km so make sure you… Read more »

Donation Pickups

A huge thank you to all the kind and generous people who have offered donations for our charity shops ahead of them re-opening on 3rd July. We have received so many that we are now pausing collections, to allow time to safely process what has been given so far We expect to be able to start… Read more »