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

A Decade For Annie

We love a positive story – and THIS is a positive story. Last week, Leah, our Community Support Worker for North & West Dorset and The Purbecks (yes, quite a mouthful, that) presented a Room to Reward certificate to our fabulous volunteer, Annie Colligan. Annie has just completed 10 years as a loyal and passionate… Read more »

Downton Abbey Premiere

Arguably one of the most eagerly-awaited films of the year, Downton Abbey will be premiering in the UK on Friday September 13th. With Lord Fellowes, the film’s writer and creator, being one of Dorset Blind Association’s patrons, The Regent Centre have kindly allowed us to have a presence on opening night with an information stall and… Read more »

David’s VI Guide Story

With our BRIGHT FOR SIGHT fun run coming up in a few weeks, this seems like a good time to talk about VI guides for runners. “What’s a VI guide?”, you may well ask…   Well, click here and David, who is one of our members, will bring you up to speed with HIS story…

Big Give Christmas Challenge

It’s the BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE again! Once again, Dorset Blind Association are enrolled in the annual BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE campaign to help support our key Dorset social clubs for visually impaired people. This year, we’re hoping to reach a target of £10,000 and we’re asking for your help in the Pledging stage, where… Read more »

Making Homes Safer For People Living With Sight Loss

It’s not often we post articles outside of DBA’s main interests and objectives in our NEWS section but this article is a good read about making homes safer for people living with sight loss. The article includes thoughts from a vision loss specialist, who has lived with low vision her whole life due to cone-rod… Read more »

Hannah and Frankie Take to The Skies

Well, it finally happened! After THREE cancelled jumps, our intrepid skydivers, Frankie and Hannah of Beales Gourmet Catering and The Italian Villa fame, finally managed to get into a plane and OUT of a plane (in some style) with their sponsored skydive over Salisbury yesterday with the GoSkydive crew, raising a magnificent £760 for Dorset… Read more »

Upcoming Collections

Be like Liz! If any of you kindly folk are interested at all in helping us out with local bucket collections, we have the following coming up in the next couple of months: Thursday 1st August – TESCO Branksome Tuesday 20th August – TESCO Blandford Friday 6th September – Wimborne Town Centre Friday 23rd August… Read more »

Dorset For Singing

As it nears the end of its 11th year, Dorset For Singing shows no sign of slowing down. With a membership of around 170 culled from Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland and surrounding areas, the community choir has become well-known in key community events and has raised over £15,000 for good causes from concert revenues. This year,… Read more »

Haskins Bucket Collection Dates

We have been lucky enough to secure a number of bucket collection days at Haskins Garden Centre, Ferndown this month. If you, or indeed anyone you know, might be able to spare a couple of hours to help out, please contact Gareth at or call the fundraising office on 01202 712864. You don’t need… Read more »

Brand New Flag For a Flagship Shop

Quick bit of celebratory Dorset Blind Association news for you in that our flagship Ferndown shop is 100 WEEKS OLD this week – hurrah! And what better way of celebrating a flagship shop than popping a brand spanking new feather FLAG right outside. Certainly a good day for it!