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Useful Contacts

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

National Contacts (A-M)

Action for Blind People

On 1 April 2017, Action for Blind People merged with RNIB. This allows RNIB to help more blind and partially sighted people by combining services, knowledge and expertise within one charity. Action's vital work will continue through RNIB RNIB - Action for Blind People.

BBC In Touch

Radio programme which provides news, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted BBC In Touch.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Supplies specially adapted audio equipment on a free loan basis to visually impaired people across the UK who would not otherwise be able to afford it British Wireless for the Blind Fund.

Blind Veterans UK

Provides veterans with much–needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenge of blindness and enjoy daily lifeBlind Veterans UK.

Connect Radio

Share your thoughts online with blogs and discussions or chat over the phone; listen to news and features on RNIB Connect Radio and podcasts, get the latest on your community in Connect magazine and enews Connect Radio.

Diabetes UK

Provides information about all areas of diabetes, including Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetes UK.

Disabled Holidays

Help and advice when booking a holiday for blind or partially sighted people Disabled Holidays.

Guide Dogs

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

International Glaucoma Association

The charity offers accessible, high–quality services to glaucoma patients, professionals and the general public International Glaucoma Association.

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Local Contacts

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 TMBC Vision Impairment Team.

Age UK Tameside

Provides a range of services including befriending, handyman and a community social group Age UK Tameside.

Carers Centre

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


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

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

Tameside Hospital Patient Support ! Liaison Service

Patient support and information Tameside Hospital Patient Support.

Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau

Can advise on topics such as benefit- employment- tax- debt and Civil Rights Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau.

Tameside General Hospital

Tameside General Hospital.

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 Tameside Talking News.

National Contacts (N-Z)

Nystagmus Network

The leading patient information, support and scientific research charity for Nystagmus in Europe Nystagmus Network.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

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

RNIB holiday advice

Don't let your sight loss prevent you from taking and enjoying a holiday• There are lots of different types of holidays to choose from. and a number of services and organisations who can help find the right holiday for you RNIB holiday advice.


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

The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society - Fighting Blindness

Supports and provides information for those affected by RP The British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society - Fighting Blindness.

The Macular Society

A specialist charity for those affected by Macular Degeneration The Macular Society.

Seeable Holidays

Specialises in disabled holidays, accessible holidays and holidays for blind and visually impaired Seeable.

Torch Trust

A global Christian organisation for people with sight loss Torch Trust.

Traveleyes Holidays

Offers group holidays with a mixture of sighted and visually impaired travellers Traveleyes.

Visionary - Linking Local Sight Loss Charities

Has a Charity Locator to help you find your local sight loss charity Visionary.

Welfare Rights Service Action Line

Provides free confidential advice regarding benefits Welfare Rights.


A website, to assist the Visually Impaired computer user locate information and services relating to blindness. The proverbial whitestick, or cane used by so many blind and partially sighted people offers assistance to whoever uses it. The tool may give a visually impaired person the confidence to go out and about by themselves. The whitestick.co.uk website is designed for ease of use and to offer guidance to any visually impaired web user to give them the ability to go out and try something new in the information technology world and a list of Travel Websites and organisations which cater for the visually impaired holidaymaker Whitestick.