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Useful Contacts

Here a some local and national organisations which may be useful to Tameside residents with sight loss.

Local Contacts
Tameside Talking News

Selected items from local newspapers are read out, recorded and sent to subscribers by post every Thursday. This service is FREE and there is no charge for return postage. 0161 343 4090 Tameside Talking News

Adult Services - Vision Impaired Team, TMBC

The VI Team are based at Wilshaw House in Ashton–under–Lyne and they help people with sight loss to regain independence, learn new skills and adapt their existing skills. 0161 342 2400

Age UK Tameside

Provides a range of services including befriending, handyman and a community social group. 0161 308 5000

Carers Centre

Offers advice and support to those who care for others. 0161 342 3344

Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau

Can advise on topics such as benefits, employment, tax, debt and Civil Rights. 0161 342 5005

Tameside General Hospital

0161 922 6000

Patient Advice & Liaison Service ⟨PALS⟩

0161 922 4466

Library Information Service

Aims to provide information to anyone, on any subject and in any format.   0161 342 2031

Non–Emergency Police

To contact your local police, dial 101

National Contacts

Gives expert care, advice and training to those affected by sight loss – including family and friends. 0161 872 1234

Guide Dogs

Provides a quality service, including Guide Dogs, My Guide, Buddy Dogs, and a children and young people’s service and information. 0845 372 7409

Royal Blind Society

Can give cash grants to those with sight loss who are in charitable need. 01903 857023

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Offers information, support and advice, a talking book service, researches into preventing and treating eye disease. 0303 123 9999

Welfare Rights Service Action Line

Provides free confidential advice regarding benefits. 0800 074 9985

Torch Trust

A global Christian organisation for people with sight loss. 01858 438260

Action for Blind People

Action for Blind People provides practical and emotional advice and support across England to people who are blind or partially sighted and their friends and family. 0303 123 9999

The Macular Society

A specialist charity for those affected by Macular Degeneration.                 0845 241 2041

The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society – Fighting Blindness

Supports and provides information for those affected by RP. 0845 123 2354

Nystagmus Network

The leading patient information, support and scientific research charity for Nystagmus in Europe. 0845 634 2630

Visionary – Linking Local Sight Loss Charities

Has a "Charity Locator" to help you find your local sight loss charity.          0208 417 0942

Blind Veterans UK

Provides veterans with much–needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenge of blindness and enjoy daily life. 020 7723 5021

International Glaucoma Association

The charity offers accessible, high–quality services to glaucoma patients, professionals and the general public. 01233 64 81 70


A social website gathering information and technology for people who are interested in knowing more about Stargardt’s disease. www.stargardt'

Diabetes UK

Provides information about all areas of diabetes, including Diabetic Retinopathy. 0345 123 2399