No child in the UK should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind.
- 90% of those who lose their sight in youth won’t work for more than six months in their lives
- Most will never have someone to share their life with
The Royal Society for Blind Children believes in a better life for blind children.
We are on a mission to make sure every single blind child has the self-belief and skills to fulfil the potential we know they’ve got.
On the 1st January 2017 the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) and Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) joined together to create a leading charity in England & Wales dedicated to achieve this goal. The new charity is privileged to have the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.
We are an ambitious charity; by 2020 we want to have helped 11,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales.
In 2015 RSBC (formerly known as the Royal Blind Society) and RLSB (now merged with RSBC) supported over 1600 participants through our services. We have an annual turnover of around £3.7 million and employ 100 people.
2015 also saw us form Wayfindr, a social innovation organisation committed to improving independent travel for vision impaired people. Together with digital product studio ustwo, we set out to make London one of the most accessible cities in the world. Since then the potential of the system has literally gone global.
Make no mistake – helping blind children to believe they can achieve will take time and money. But we’ll do it from the ground up, working with our wonderful donors and volunteers to deliver the five things we believe will transform the life chances of every blind child in England and Wales.
Five ways to better
- Helping parents first
- Excellent and inclusive education
- Build friendships and character
- Getting young people job ready
- Harnessing technology
By 2020 we want to have helped 11,000 children and with 178 years of experience behind us and the support of our donors, we know we’ll get there.
My RSBC story: Charlotte & Abdul
Charlotte suddenly lost her sight when she was studying for a nursing degree and Abdul dropped out of college because he was bullied by his classmates. Find out what happened to them next in this video.
In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the video above.