Read on to see what’s been happening at Dorset Blind Association and in the community!

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 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 »


Legacies can be a hard source of funding to work into conversation for any charity as they only come about following someone’s death. So, you see, not exactly a topic to approach with reckless abandon. Thankfully, we British largely tend to talk about death with an air of indifference, as if it’s something of a… Read more »

Where’s The Interpreter?

Information shared around the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly the current government guidelines, should really be the most important information shared at this time. However, a lot of safety-critical instruction and advice – at least here in England – has so-far been communicated in a fashion which overwhelmingly excludes hearing and visually-impaired communities. A prime example… Read more »

Pop In A £

Admittedly, we’re still a little bit away from shopping and socialising getting back to something approaching normal again but we’re keen to get our POP IN A £ campaign out so it’s fresh in your mind for when you DO see our collection tins again. The charity collection tin has been a stalwart of community… Read more »