RNIB Press Office
24 May 2022 | RNIB's Talking Book service received a generous funding boost after a legacy of almost half a million pounds was donated to the charity.
21 April 2022 | RNIB is urging the government to stick to their word in improving the accessibility of video on demand (VOD) services
14 April 2022 | Amends made to original drafting of the bill following RNIB's #BlindVotersCount campaign
11 April 2022 | RNIB responds to the consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for the UK Covid Inquiry.
31 March 2022 | A number of people and organisations from across the UK who have worked to make the world a more inclusive place for blind and partially sighted people were celebrated.
23 March 2022 | Bright books from leading thinkers among donation added to RNIB Talking Books collection.
15 March 2022 | Vision impairment organisations launched the Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment, a new single unifying framework to underpin the specialist education of children and young people with VI.
09 March 2022 | Businesses and venues can help to remove barriers to independent travel.
01 March 2022 | RNIB makes accessible books for children across the UK on World Book Day.
21 February 2022 | RNIB urges the Government to consider how they can best support blind and partially sighted people as we move to a new normal.
07 February 2022 | Blind and partially sighted voters are being denied the right to a secret vote, and the new Elections Bill will only make this worse, warns RNIB.
31 January 2022 | RNIB is celebrating a significant milestone in the provision of practical and emotional support for people newly diagnosed with sight loss with the appointment of its 100th Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO).
31 January 2022 | Don awarded a British Empire Medal for 45 years with RNIB.
14 January 2022 | Proposals remove protections for people with sight loss to vote independently warns RNIB chair Anna Tylor.
21 December 2021 | Read DCC letter to PM, co-signed by RNIB chief exec Matt Stringer.
20 December 2021 | Chris Jarrett, former Group Director of Engagement at Sense, joins RNIB.
14 December 2021 | Thousands more children with a vision impairment can experience the magic of the season with Amazon.
13 December 2021 | Service received more than 200,000 calls in first eleven months of the year.
06 December 2021 | RNIB launches virtual fundraiser, Take on 250.
03 December 2021 | RNIB helps man with sight loss win a £10,000 backdated benefit payment after being unfairly offered a lower amount than he was rightfully entitled to.
29 November 2021 | This year, RNIB is celebrating the magic of Christmas with 12-year-old Keira Mills and the excitement she experiences when receiving a letter from Santa in an accessible format.
24 November 2021 | RNIB have launched a new Christmas product that aims to teach children the importance of spreading the magic of Christmas so that every child can get involved and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
18 November 2021 | Nominations for the RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 are now open.
01 November 2021 | RNIB in partnership with the Booker Prize Foundation is offering free accessible versions of the 2021 Booker Prize shortlist.
28 October 2021 | A new report by RNIB has highlighted the increasing difficulties that blind and partially sighted people are facing when trying to use the streets and pedestrian areas to get to work, go to the shops, to see friends, or exercise independently.
28 September 2021 | Paralympics GB gold medal winners Chris Skelley and Libby Clegg today launched See Sport Differently, a campaign to encourage the UK’s two million blind and partially sighted people to get more physically active.
19 August 2021 | A new campaign by RNIB is highlighting the issue of inaccessible packaging and the impact it has on people with sight loss.
03 August 2021 | Customers of RNIB's Talking Books library are now able to access their audio books by asking Alexa, as well as through RNIB’s usual library services.
15 July 2021 | RNIB comments on the successful legal challenge into unfair policies and practices by the DWP
24 June 2021 | The Charity Commission has informed RNIB that we are no longer under “statutory supervision”.
14 June 2021 | Comment from RNIB CEO, Matt Stringer on Eleanor Southwood being awarded an MBE
03 June 2021 | Penguin Random House has bolstered RNIB's Talking Books Library by donating all of its audio books to the charity.
20 May 2021 | RNIB, the Guardian and Google have launched Auditorial, an experiment in storytelling that can adapt to suit blind and low vision readers.
20 May 2021 | RNIB has won a prestigious industry award highlighting the vital support the charity provided to people with sight loss during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sport England funds development of participation in sport amongst people with sight loss
18 May 2021 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), in partnership with British Blind Sport, has received £1m in funding from Sport England for three years to develop participation in sport amongst people with sight loss.
12 April 2021 | RNIB is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
31 March 2021 | People with sight loss can now connect directly to the RNIB Helpline by saying “Alexa, call RNIB Helpline"
16 February 2021 | RNIB is warning that ongoing lockdown and coronavirus restrictions could be causing a spike in hallucinations due to sight loss.
26 January 2021 | RNIB has accepted an offer for 105 Judd Street in part of a modernisation programme for the charity.
20 January 2021 | RNIB is offering a free subscription to a newspaper or broadcast guide via its Newsagent service during the coronavirus pandemic.
04 January 2021 | Eight of the leading charities in the eye health and sight loss sector have come together for the first time and agreed to form a VI Charity Sector Partnership.
08 December 2020 | RNIB has announced the winners of this year’s See Differently ‘Coronavirus Heroes’ Awards.
08 December 2020 | Lizzie Tovey, 47, from Worcestershire has won an RNIB See Differently ‘Coronavirus Heroes’ Award for her ongoing fundraising efforts during the pandemic.
30 November 2020 | RNIB has welcomed its new Chair, Anna Tylor, to its Board of Trustees.
16 November 2020 | An update on RNIB's Giant Print Library from RNIB Director of Services, David Clarke.
13 November 2020 | RNIB calls on the UK's biggest retailers to produce Christmas adverts with audio description.
2 November 2020 | The RNIB Giant Print Library and Moon Library in Peterborough will close on 31 January 2021.
29 October 2020 | The products were created by Hidden Disabilities in collaboration with RNIB and the Cabinet Office.
27 October 2020 | RNIB has awarded Samsung with their 'Tried and Tested' accreditation for the company's 2020 Smart TVs.
13 October 2020 | The majority of blind and partially sighted people in the UK are still unable to vote independently or in secret according to new figures from RNIB.
RNIB works with Kellogg's to trial accessible packaging
8 October 2020 | For World Sight Day, RNIB has partnered with Kellogg's to produce accessible information on cereal boxes for blind and partially sighted people.
28 September 2020 | Children with vision impairment across the UK are set to benefit from thousands of LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkits thanks to the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) work with the LEGO Foundation.
15 September 2020 | RNIB in partnership with the Booker Prize Foundation, is offering blind and partially sighted book lovers free accessible versions of the 2020 Booker Prize shortlist.
9 September 2020 | RNIB is encouraging more blind and partially sighted people into sport with a new range of accessible sports equipment.
03 September 2020 | The Department of Health Social Care has issued guidance announcing that people with sight loss can be guided by people outside their household or support bubble.
12 August 2020 | New resources have been designed to help anyone who may have difficulties in maintaining a safe, social distance during the coronavirus pandemic.
12 August 2020 | RNIB is calling on the hospitality industry to ensure that physical changes to their facilities are accessible for people with sight loss.
07 August 2020 | A statement from Sophie Castell, Director of Relationships at RNIB.
03 August 2020 | RNIB has partnered with British Blind Sport and Metro Blind Sport to call on sports and leisure facilities to make sure physical changes in their premises are accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
03 August 2020 | RNIB is calling on retailers to ensure that physical changes to their premises are accessible for people with sight loss.
31 July 2020 | A comment from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.
31 July 2020 | RNIB has announced that Anna Tylor has been appointed as its new Chair of Trustees.
06 July 2020 | As lockdown eases, RNIB is warning that blind and partially sighted people's independence is increasingly under threat.
30 June 2020 | RNIB Bookshare celebrates reaching half a million books in accessible formats.
25 June 2020 | RNIB publishes progress report.
25 June 2020 | RNIB responds to Charity Commission report.
17 June 2020 | Blind and partially sighted people across England who have struggled to buy food since the lockdown are now able to access priority online shopping slots following campaigning by sight loss charities.
04 June 2020 | A statement from Alex McDowell, Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB.
02 June 2020 | RNIB is calling for people to continue attending scheduled eye appointments after research shows that people are missing vital treatments due to fear of coronavirus.
28 May 2020 | Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow has recorded audio versions of crucial information around the coronavirus pandemic to ensure it is readily available for blind and partially sighted people.
22 May 2020 | New research from RNIB has shown that three quarters of blind and partially sighted people have struggled to access food during lockdown
22 May 2020 | A statement from Alex McDowell, Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB.
21 May 2020 | Eye health is more important than ever during the coronavirus lockdown. RNIB has provided tips on how you can look after your eyes whilst in lockdown.
05 May 2020 | Redditch resident Lizzie Tovey is undertaking the incredible challenge of running and walking 26.2 miles between her fourth and fifth chemotherapy cycles for breast cancer.
01 May 2020 | Sooty hosts a quiz to help children across the UK alleviate boredom they may be experiencing due to coronavirus restrictions.
30 April 2020 | RNIB launches a new online library offering people with sight loss instant access to thousands of free books in formats they can read.
20 April 2020 | RNIB and a number of other charities have written to Downing Street to highlight the need for vital public health information to be available in accessible formats.
17 March 2020 | RNIB update on coronavirus
RNIB comments on decision to delay mass events
13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on decision to delay mass events
13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on decision to delay London Marathon
13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on byelaw regarding dockless bikes
13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on Government's consultation on pavement parking
05 March 2020 | RNIB makes accessible books free for children in the UK on World Book Day
02 March 2020 | RNIB responds to the Government plans to bring together PIP and Employment and Support Allowance/Universal Credit assessments.
20 February 2020 | Bank of England’s new £20 note comes into circulation with tactile markings to help make it easy for blind and partially sighted people to decipher it from existing £5 and £10 notes.
24 January 2020 | RNIB and Amazon announce new sight loss advice available through Alexa
Tool to help children with vision impairment learn how to code launched in the UK
20 January 2020 | RNIB launches Code Jumper on to UK market
13 January 2020 | George Buckley is encouraging others to take part in The Big Jump to raise money for RNIB.
9 January 2020 | Helen Lee, RNIB's Eye Health Policy Manager, comments on the latest HSIB report on glaucoma.
17 December 2019 | Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, has issued an update about the sale of the RNIB Pears Centre building.
16 December 2019 | A letter to editor from broadcaster and TV personality Vanessa Feltz in support of RNIB's Christmas stamp appeal.
18 November 2019 | A letter to editor from RNIB's Director of Services, David Clarke, on how children with vision impairment can receive a letter from Santa in an accessible format of their choice.
14 November 2019 | Update from RNIB CEO, Matt Stringer
11 November 2019 | As the UK’s biggest retailers prepare to launch their much-anticipated Christmas TV adverts, RNIB are urging them not to exclude blind and partially sighted people.
22 October 2019 | Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment are being failed by underfunded local authorities across England.
07 October 2019 | John Clark has travelled more than 24,000 miles around the North East in his role as a Sooty box collector for RNIB.
07 October 2019 | Mark Rogerson has set himself the challenge of completing the world's biggest marathons to raise money for RNIB.
03 October 2019 | HRH The Countess of Wessex visited the Royal Eye Unit at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
23 September 2019 | It's National Eye Health Week and RNIB has created a list of less conventional tips for keeping your eyes healthy.
14 August 2019 | RNIB has been working closely with HMRC to provide the best support for people with sight loss.
08 August 2019 | RNIB has launched a new event to recognise and celebrate outstanding work to support people wth sight loss.
05 July 2019 | A blind man from Clitheroe is taking legal action against East Lancashire Hospitals Trust after it repeatedly failed to send him communication in a format that he could read.
24 June 2019 | The sight loss advice line run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is set to see a 240 per cent increase in calls about emotional support from 2016 to 2019.
17 June 2019 | RNIB, Guide Dogs, Visionary, VICTA, Fight for Sight and Vision UK are working together to provide blind and partially sighted people with easy to access high-quality information about sight loss.
13 June 2019 | RNIB and Guide Dogs collaborate in a new effort to fight guide dog access refusals.
15 May 2019 | Gatwick is trialling an on-demand support initiative for passengers with sight loss, with the support of RNIB.
14 May 2019 | Statement from Stephen Weymouth, RNIB Network Manager for the South West.
10 May 2019 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Employment team has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2019 in the Team of the Year category.
03 May 2019 | Statement from Richard Holmes, Public Affairs Manager at RNIB.
25 April 2019 | RNIB has appointed Matt Stringer as its permanent Chief Executive.
24 April 2019 | LEGO announces educational braille brick concept, developed with the assistance of RNIB.
18 April 2019 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.
18 April 2019 | RNIB has been invited to review proposed changes to the UK's flagship shared space scheme after road safety concerns.
28 March 2019 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.
25 March 2019 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.
5 March 2019 | Research published in the BMJ Open has shown that hospital eye clinics benefit from the presence of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs).
13 February 2019 | RNIB has been confirmed as a Level 3 Disability Confident employer by AdviserPlus.
13 February 2019 | Jenny Molineux, an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Blackburn and Burnley Hospitals, is backing RNIB's campaign to ensure support for patients losing their sight.
28 January 2019 | Statement from David Clarke, Director of Services at RNIB.
21 January 2019 | RNIB has become the latest charity to receive £1m in funding from People’s Postcode Lottery.
21 January 2019 | RNIB and The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, with support from Sight Loss Shropshire, have launched a new service.
15 January 2019 | We have issued an update on RNIB in Bristol.
7 January 2019 | Statement from Helen Lee, Eye Health Policy Manager at RNIB.
6 December 2018 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.
7 November 2018 | Sarah Lambert, former Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Volunteering at the National Autistic Society, joins RNIB.
16 October 2018 | Research carried out amongst blind and partially sighted people has today revealed that other people’s limited knowledge and understanding of sight loss is the biggest barrier they face in their everyday lives.
2 October 2018 | We have issued an update on RNIB in Bristol.
24 September 2018 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has worked in partnership with the UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA) to develop a set of patient standards designed to improve care for eye clinic patients.
10 September 2018 | Leading sight loss charity urges people to see differently.
4 September 2018 | Eleanor Southwood, Chair of RNIB, has issued a statement about RNIB Pears Centre.
23 August 2018 | We have issued an update on RNIB in Bristol.
14 August 2018 | RNIB's latest film highlights the dangers of shared space.
27 July 2018 | We have issued an update on RNIB's Independent Review.
25 July 2018 | RNIB response to DfT Inclusive Transport Strategy.
20 July 2018 | RNIB and the Work and Health Programme.
18 July 2018 | Statement about RNIB Three Spires School.
16 July 2018 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is supporting a high profile advertising campaign aimed at helping people to use audio description on their televisions.
6 June 2018 | The current eye health system is failing patients on a grand scale, according to a new report released today.
6 June 2018 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) will be exhibiting at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this summer to coincide with the charity’s 150th anniversary.
6 June 2018 | Nick Apetroaie, Keith Valentine and David Clarke join leading sight loss charity
23 May 2018 | Update about RNIB's Bristol premises
11 May 2018 | Eleanor Southwood, Chair of RNIB has issued an update about RNIB Pears Centre.