About South Lincolnshire Blind Society.
The South Lincolnshire Blind Society was the result of the merging of the old Boston & South Holland Blind Society and the Kesteven Blind Society in 2006 following a long period of working together and consultation.
The two old societies were formed back in 1917 as the result of the former Lincolnshire Blind Society finding it had more people unable to be cared for.
The Society is based in Grantham and Boston where we have offices and resource centres which are accessible by service users and members of the public.These provide information, equipment and general advice along with providing the administration of the Charity overall.
Our Grantham office is the base for the Operations Manager who has responsibility for the services provided both in and out of the offices. And the place we hold the in house Emotional Support service, deliver most of the in house training for staff and volunteers and is also the office of the Chief Executive.
In Boston we carry out most of our transcription working with many of our local authorities to produce audio transcribed magazines and information for those suffering serious sight loss. The Boston office is also home to the Boston Talking Newspaper who record and distribute to many people in and around the Boston area. We are pleased to be able to support this worthy and important service.
Many of our services are provided free of charge. There will be a charge for some items of equipment from the Resource Centre, but for expensive items with people on low income, there may be opportunities to access some grants. If people need guidance with benefits claims related to their sight loss we can provide some support.
With our inclusive society, we want to ensure that all of our customers, clients and service users get the support they need from all service providers and not to come across barriers, whether it is information, environmental or poor customer service. This not only may break the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, but may mean they will be dissatisfied with a service and take their custom elsewhere. Many of the barriers are caused by lack of knowledge and not through malice, but with advice, training and our Transcription Service, SLBS provides support to companies and organisations so they overcome this problem.
SLBS also provides services to Professionals who wish to improve their support of visually impaired people in the community and comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
South Lincolnshire Blind Society (SLBS) is a major provider of services for blind and partially sighted people and their carers, who live in the Districts of North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston Borough and South Holland. Our aim is to work with blind and partially sighted people, to provide services so that they may lead fuller, more independent lives. We are here to help anyone whose eyesight has become a cause for concern, whether they are registered as having a visual impairment or not.
Those who are residents in the administrative district council areas of North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston Borough and South Holland can make use of our services, and anyone can contact SLBS for support.