Local Action Team
Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach. Our London team has deep roots in the local community, which helps us to best meet the needs of our blind and partially sighted service users across London and the South East. This grassroots approach is consistent across all of our offices throughout England.
Our knowledgeable and friendly London team can help with;
We can support you to live as independently as possible by providing tailored information and guidance to:
- Help you understand what it means to be registered as blind or partially sighted and guide you through the process.
- Access day-to-day living support.
- Manage housing issues.
- Access benefits and help to complete forms.
- Put you in touch with other organisations that can help you.
- Apply for a personal budget to spend on the relevant social care to best meet your needs.
Applying for benefits
The majority of people with sight loss do not receive all of the benefits they are entitled to. Action provides specialist advice on what’s available and can assist you with the completion of relevant claim forms. We can also help with reviews, appeals and tribunals.
We provide technical advice and guidance for blind and partially sighted people who wish to discuss IT issues and computer queries. We also carry out workplace assessments and software training.
Let us help you to prepare for work or to retrain, find the right job or stay in employment if you are losing your sight while working. We also provide specialist advice and support on starting your own business.
Children, young people and families
We support children and young people to enjoy full and active lives through access to information, education, leisure and sporting opportunities – ensuring they are as equipped as possible for adult life and the world of work.
We offer a free counselling service providing emotional support to people living with sight loss or their carers. Often it is useful to talk to someone outside your immediate circle of family or friends about the frustrations of living with sight loss.
That’s where our counsellors can help. They specialise in sight loss related issues, but you can talk to them in confidence about anything.
Right now we can only reach one in three people who need our help most.
Volunteer for Action for Blind People and help us to reach them all. Training and support will be provided to all our RNIB Group Volunteers.
The Centre provides an excellent opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to find out about local services and try out, or buy, specialist equipment.
With over 1000 items for sale – including talking clocks and watches, accessible mobile phones and video magnifiers. We also have accessible keyboards and screen reader software, all designed to enable people with sight loss to live independent lives.
Our friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to demonstrate products and offer advice.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am to 5pm except Wednesdays when we close at 3pm.
It is not necessary to make an appointment but give us a call before making a long journey, as we are occasionally closed for training.
Contact the London team
If you want to find out more about how the London team can help support you and your family speak with a member of our team.
Telephone: 020 7391 2151
2011/12 in numbers
3801 – Number of people receiving support/service from the London team for the first time this year.
1402 – Number of people accessing ECLO services.
38 – Number of visually impaired people who have retained their job.
351 – Number of new visually impaired people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities supported by the London team.
344 – Number of people who received support to gain their appropriate benefit entitlement.
576 – Number of people that received face to face support on products/aids that support independent living.
Our London resource centre is based in Judd Street, Kings Cross and offers an excellent opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to get advice, find information about local services and try out or buy equipment.