The Halifax Society for the Blind
Inspiring and empowering people affected by sight loss.
Did you know The Halifax Society for the Blind has been supporting local people with sight loss for over 120 years?
There are currently over 1200 blind or partially sighted people in Calderdale who might benefit from their help or support. One in nine people aged over 60 and one in three of those aged over 85 have significant sight loss. So the number of people who will need help is set to rise as the population ages.
The Halifax Society for the Blind encourages socialisation and self-help whilst working towards removing any barriers to independence. Here’s just a few of the things they do for people of Calderdale:
- offer blind and partially sighted people and their families practical support and advice.
- organise and provide holidays and daytrips for blind and partially sighted people.
- demonstrate and sell aids and technology to enable greater independence.
- provide social and informational groups the support of a minibus.
- work with organisations to further the aims of blind and partially sighted people.
- refer people affected by sight loss to other appropriate sources of help.
- petition, encourage and educate organisations and the public to greater understanding and access for blind and partially sighted people.
You don’t need to be registered blind or partially sighted to become a member of The Halifax Society for the Blind. You can become a member if your sight loss has a significant and long-term effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Of course The Halifax Society for the Blind is dependent on the kind support of volunteers and on the generous supporters who give donations and legacies. Without those people they would be unable to provide the range of services, activities, and support to people with visual impairments that they currently deliver.
The existing volunteers are crucial, but of course more are always required. Volunteering can add a great deal to your life and the lives of those for whom you volunteer. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect on the people whose life you touch and it’s a great way for young or old people to give something back to the community.
For more information on our services, to give a donation or arrange fundraising, or to volunteer, please contact (01422) 350383 or call in at the offices at 34 Clare Road, Halifax, HX1 2HX. Office hours: 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Thursday.