History of Bolton Society for Blind People
Bolton Society for Blind People (BSBP) previously known as Bolton Social Centre for the Blind was established in the late 1940’s to provide a weekly social club for Blind people in addition to information and advice for those with sight loss and their families. The Charity's original Aim remains unchanged; however our range of activities and services provided to over 1000 Blind or partially sighted adults has evolved over time to better suit the need of Blind adults.
Membership is open to any adult who is Blind or partially sighted and is free of charge.
Based at The Sensory Centre, not too far from the heart of Bolton we are able to offer our members a hub where all our social groups including the longstanding Saturday Social Group meet. We also provide Visual Impairment Training at the centre and you can drop in and ask for advice from one of our staff members at any time.
Having a range of skill and commitment available via our experienced staff and 80 dedicated Volunteers we are also able to offer various activities out in the Community as well as our long standing home visiting service working towards the aim to inform, enable and support Blind adults in Bolton.
Our Vision, Mission and Aims
A world in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same rights, freedom, responsibilities and quality of life as people who are fully sighted.
To inspire change and to challenge blindness by empowering people who are blind or partially sighted, helping removing the barriers they face.
· To promote the independence and reduce social isolation for blind (severely sight impaired) and partially sighted (sight impaired) people living, working or studying in Bolton.
· To offer groups/activities/services at our venue, in the community and at the individual’s home that aim to increase skill and confidence.
· Offer emotional support on the telephone, face-to-face or by other means of communication for blind and partially sighted people living, working or studying in Bolton.
· Offer an advice and sign posting service for anyone seeking help and guidance in the field of visual impairment.
· To offer volunteering opportunities to assist with our objects, ensuring to demonstrate good practice.
· To increase awareness of Visual Impairment through our accredited training programme.