Campaigning with RNIB Scotland

Street Charter

The RNIB Street Charter campaign is seeking to persuade local authorities to control the number of obstacles that block streets. A third of blind and partially sighted people surveyed by RNIB said they had been injured by pavement obstacles these when walking outside. Advertising boards, bollards, bins and cars parked on pavements were the most common obstacles encountered.

We know it’s impossible for streets to always be free of clutter. But we can all do more to make them accessible.

If you would like to help promote our Street Charter in your area, or tell us about problems you have encountered, please contact James Adams at

Being There

As part of RNIB’s ‘Being There’ strategy to ensure that no one need face sight loss alone, we are working with government, health boards and local authorities to secure a Vision Support Service in every part of Scotland. Vision Support Services play a crucial role in helping people adjust to losing their sight and go on to leading fulfilling lives. In those areas where we have already established this facility, they have won praise from clients and health and social care professionals.

Influencing the Scottish Parliament

The fifth term of the Scottish Parliament (2016-20) will coincide with the devolution of even greater responsibilities to Holyrood. In our manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections we will outline areas which could significantly improve life for people in Scotland who are blind or partially sighted. Like most developed countries, we have an ageing population. So sight loss, inevitably, will become a more common feature of our society.

The proposals in our manifesto can make Scotland a kinder, safer and more inclusive place. The costs are relatively modest, but the gains for many of those with sight loss could be far-reaching and profound.

Our themes include:

  • Prevention of sight loss
  • Improving the registration system for blind and partially sighted people
  • Providing emotional and practical support for those newly diagnosed with sight loss
  • Introducing a welfare benefits system that better reflects the needs of people with sight loss

RNIB Scotland is also an active participant on the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Visual Impairment. Membership includes backbench MSPs from all parties, other sight loss organisations and sight loss professionals.

Other campaigning work

At UK level, we work alongside RNIB's wider campaigns such as welfare reform and played a key role in the ‘Hardest Hit’ campaign in Scotland to protect disability benefits.

Campaign Newsletter

We also produce a twice-yearly newsletter outlining our recent campaigning activity.

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For further details of our campaigns, please email

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