Free gadgets available to assist Falkirk’s visually impaired residents

A visually impaired person enjoys listening to her new radio from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund
A visually impaired person enjoys listening to her new radio from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund

People with visual impairments may be eligible to receive a specially adapted audio devices from a leading charity for the blind.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) provides a range of equipment all designed with blind and partially sighted people in mind. The equipment is given free of charge to those who meet BWBF’s criteria.

The charity, which celebrated its 90th year in service last year, provides devices such as CD players, digital radios, USB players and much more. Everything is designed with tactile controls, enabling someone with sight loss to use them easily and independently.

Sophie Wheldon, regional development manager, said: “Our recipients tell us their radio is invaluable to them, allowing them to access a huge variety of audio all at the touch of a button.

“All equipment is delivered to the home by a volunteer who sets it all up and provides support in using it and we offer ongoing support. Our radios are vital to someone who cannot see – they provide news, information, and entertainment but also, more importantly, companionship and a friendly voice.

“It’s much more than just a radio.”

If you or someone you know is interested in a BWBF radio please contact Sophie at sophie@blind.org.uk or phone 01283 790 208.

Visit www.blind.org.uk for more information.