British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides high quality, easy to use radios and combined radio/audio players specially adapted for use by visually impaired people.
For people with sight loss, life becomes a challenge; not just the difficulty of getting out and about, but also the everyday tasks most people take for granted, like turning on the radio in the morning to listen to the news. British Wireless for the Blind Fund exists to help improve the daily lives of visually impaired people, who are unable to afford a specially adapted radio, by providing the equipment on free loan. Having access to radio and everything that radio can offer is as important now as it was in 1928 when British Wireless was first launched.
Losing one’s sight is life changing. For people who have been diagnosed with a visual impairment that cannot be treated, the next step is to access advice and support. This frequently includes finding equipment that can help with everyday living. Having access to radio and everything that radio can offer provides a lifeline to the world of news and entertainment.
We are the only charity providing specially adapted radios on free loan to registered blind and partially sighted people in need. Our equipment is not available through the NHS. Radios that are adapted are inevitably more expensive than standard models so this often puts the cost out of reach of someone on a low income. British Wireless is there to help; providing sets on a free loan basis to people with sight loss who receive a means-tested benefit.
Our current specially adapted sets utilise strong colour contrast, with yellow control buttons set against a charcoal grey background to help those with residual vision to distinguish the controls. The controls are buttons or sliders with raised markings that can easily be differentiated by feel and the sets themselves are robust. As tone and clarity of sound becomes more important to people who have lost their sight, all sets have high quality sound. All of these features contribute to easy, independent, daily use, making a real tangible difference to the lives of those who receive our radios.
British Wireless is a small team of 12 staff. To enable us to provide our service throughout the U.K., British Wireless work with a network of local agents who are either local blind societies or local authority sensory teams. In addition we have around 40 of our own trained volunteers who work under the direction of our Regional Development Managers. Each newly registered blind or partially sighted person will have their needs assessed and where a referral is made for one of our adapted radios, the agent or a trained volunteer will take the most suitable set out to the home of the new recipient, install it and provide one-to-one instruction on its use. If a set develops a problem, British Wireless will repair or replace it.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF)
10 Albion Place
Phone: 01622 754757