Public Statement Regarding Temporary Closure / Suspension of Face to Face Services

Accrington & District Blind Society is committed to supporting people in our community living with blindness and visual impairment.

A key element of that commitment is the well-being of people who use our services and the employees and volunteers who provide those services.

Following a detailed analysis of our activities, current medical advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the impact of suspending our services on people who use them we have decided that with effect from Tuesday 17th March both our Bookshop in the Arndale Centre and the Bank Street premises will be temporarily closed to the public. The Sight Resource Centre will be closed; all groups will be suspended and all room rentals to external organisations suspended during this period.

We understand that many of you value the support we provide and this decision has not been taken lightly and our employees will continue to work from home and be available to provide telephone and email support especially to our more vulnerable and isolated people.

If you need to contact us during this period of suspension you can:

Leave a message on 01254 233332 which will be monitored regularly.

Email us on

Message us through our Facebook Page.

Keep checking our website for updates.

We will keep you updated on our plans and in the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

The Trustees, Staff and Volunteers of Accrington & District Blind Society.

Please Support Our Work

Text BLIND to 70450 to donate £10

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Working with Blind and Visually Impaired Residents in the Accrington, Hyndburn and Rossendale Ares.

Welcome to the online home of the Accrington and District Blind Society.
We are an independent charity funded solely by donations and legacies.

Contact Us: 01254 233332

Our Story

Accrington & District Blind Society is one of the smaller independent local charities supporting people with a sight loss in the UK. We serve a large part of East Lancashire including Hyndburn and parts of Rossendale.

Our Resource Centre displays many useful items, information and equipment, from little ‘bump ons’ to CCTV magnifiers and everything in between like clocks, watches, magnifiers and liquid level indicators. All items to be used by people with a sight loss are sold at cost.

Established in 1875 we recently celebrated our 140th anniversary. We are completely volunteer led and rely on donations and legacies for our continued operation. As a voluntary organisation, we are very grateful to all our supporters and volunteers who work so hard to enable local blind and partially sighted people to see a better future.

Accrington & District Blind Society

Groups & Support

Sight Support Group

The group now meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30am to about 12.30pm…

Children’s Service

This enthusiastic group offers support and practical assistance to children and young people with a sight loss…

Braille Group

The Braille Group is run by Chris Tattersall and is open to anyone with a sight loss who wants to learn Braille…

Macular Society

We encourage people with Macular Degeneration to join the Macular Society.

IT Sessions

If you have difficulty seeing and need help with a computer or tablet, help is available at our Sight Advice Centre.

Thursday Social Afternoon

This group meets each Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. Members enjoy the informal support…

Accrington & District Blind Society

We are very grateful to the various clubs, associations and individuals across the district who realise the value of our work and are so generous to us.

Accrington & District Blind Society