Description: Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind) provides local services and lifelong support, so that blind and partially sighted people across the majority of South Wales can enjoy fulfilled lives. To make it easier for people who live outside the Cardiff area to know who to contact, their staff work under the RNIB Cymru name in Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Neath Port Talbot.
Tel: 02920 398900
Category: Third/voluntary Sector
run by Sight Life. It contains the latest aids, gadgets and information for vi
people, and all the equipment is sold at concessionary prices. Staff and volunteers are always on hand to advise and assist, but you are also welcome just to browse around. Transport
can be arranged if required.
Transcall - (Sight Life)Service
A door-to-door volunteer transport
service organised by Sight Life. It can be used for social activities, hospital appointments and meetings, but not for work purposes. Two working day's notice is requested.
An individually planned befriending service
whereby volunteers use their sight in a practical way to help the visually impaired
person. It can be used for companionship, reading, writing of letters, escorting etc, but not for domestic work, decorating or gardening.
Fully trained volunteers provide training
in basic computer skills, touch typing, use of email and the internet, on a one-to-one basis.
Delivered on a one-to-one basis from various locations in the Swansea area.
Sight Life offers a basic vision awareness training
course which includes sighted guiding training, covers basic eye conditions, as well as demonstration of the use of products. It takes place in their HQ in Womanby Street, Cardiff.
Group members go on one theatre trip
per month and one other trip per month. There is also a holiday group which meets twice per year.
Last Tuesday of the month - 10.30am-12.30pm
A group of like-minded women who enjoy days out shopping, lunching and the odd glass of wine! Recent trips
have included a day to Ebbw Vale Festival Site shopping centre and lunch at The Farmers Wife at St Brides Major. The group is also occasionally joined by guest speakers.
The group meets monthly, and joins with Cardiff Ramblers for walks through interesting parts of South Wales.
Meetings are held each Friday morning between 10.30 - 1.00, primarily at an adapted plot at Rhydypenau Allotments on Lake Road North during the summer months and elsewhere at other times.
An adventurous group with members ranging from 16-60. Here's your chance to go ten pin bowling, white water rafting, quad biking, horse riding and take part in other social activities. The end of the summer season of activities is topped off with a lively barbecue for all. Last THURSDAY of the month - approx 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Sight Life offices and other venues. Also Saturday outings
A mature group of around 40 visually impaired
people. Members are brought in by V.E.S.T community transport
including those in residential care. The group enjoys morning coffee or tea, lunch, bingo, raffles and quizzes and are well supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.
Group which meets at Gorseinon Institute from 10 am to 12 noon on the first Wednesday of the month.
This group meets at St Mary's Church, Swansea, from 10 am to 12 noon on the first Monday of each month.
Group which meets at the Mumbles Methodist Church, Swansea from 1.30 to 3.30 pm on the second Monday of each month.
It meets on Thursdays fortnightly and Fridays fortnightly, currently via conference call. Run by Gyn Vivian in Partnership with Sight Life.
Currently not running. A group to discuss services related to audio books, and to discuss one particular book in each session. Meets at Swansea Central Library on the third Wednesday of the month from 11 am to 12 pm. Run in partnership with Swansea Central Library.
First Wednesday of March, June, Sept & Dec 2.00pm to 3.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff.
If you like to write poetry or listen to your favourite poems read to you. come along and join this fun and entertaining group. Tea and Coffee provided.
1st & 3rd TUESDAY of the month - 10.30am to 12.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Run by volunteers, attendees can sing to some musical favourites old and new.
Social group meetings on Mondays (weekly) 2pm - 4pm at St. Mair's Community Centre.
Social group meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2-4pm at Oxford Street Community Centre.
Social group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 10 am to 12 noon at the Heritage Museum.
Social group meeting on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 10 am to 12 noon at Ilan Community Centre.
Social group meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 1 - 2.30 pm at the Arts Factory, Trerhondda.
Social Group for young people
meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 am to 12 noon at Glenview House, Courthouse Street.
Representation from VI
people in Swansea. Held on the last Thursday of each month in Civic Centre Swansea (currently via telephone conference).
Full time ECLO
based at University Hospital Wales, Cardiff. Provides emotional support, often at a time of great need. They also signpost patients on to the many different services to help maintain their independence. The role of ECLO has developed over the past fourteen years in the UK, and helps to bridge the gap between health and social care
services for blind and partially sighted people.
EYE CAN - (Sight Life)Service
Not currently running. Eye Can aims to provide social groups and activities for young visually impaired
people, and to give them specialist support in a wide variety of areas including sight loss, health, education and training
. The project is also providing workshops to local schools and colleges so that they are able to promote the service to their visually impaired students.
Held every Tuesday 11.15am to 1.30pm at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Join this group of visually impaired
people of Cardiff and the Vale, for talk and support. Be involved in lively discussions about a wide variety of topics (excluding religion and politics). The group also occasionally enjoys a trip
out for lunch.
meets at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff on the 3rd Friday of every month fron 10.30am - 12.30pm. Anyone with a sight and hearing impairment are welcome. Volunteers will be on hand to assist if need be.