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RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 to recognise and reward outstanding contributions in sight loss sector

18 November 2021 | Nominations for the RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 are now open.

Booker Prize shortlisted books available in braille and audio from RNIB Library

01 November 2021 | RNIB in partnership with the Booker Prize Foundation is offering free accessible versions of the 2021 Booker Prize shortlist.

People with sight loss are finding it increasingly difficult to avoid accidents when walking around streets

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.

Paralympians launch campaign to encourage more blind and partially sighted people to get active

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.

Charity highlights inaccessible packaging with pop-up Store

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.

People with sight loss can now access thousands of audio books through Alexa

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. 

RNIB comment on the successful legal challenge into unfair policies and practices by the DWP

15 July 2021 | RNIB comments on the successful legal challenge into unfair policies and practices by the DWP

RNIB update on statutory supervision by the Charity Commission

24 June 2021 | The Charity Commission has informed RNIB that we are no longer under “statutory supervision”.

RNIB comment re: Eleanor Southwood being awarded an MBE

14 June 2021 | Comment from RNIB CEO, Matt Stringer on Eleanor Southwood being awarded an MBE

Penguin Random House boosts RNIB library with thousands more audio books

03 June 2021 |  Penguin Random House has bolstered RNIB's Talking Books Library by donating all of its audio books to the charity.

RNIB, the Guardian and Google unite to launch accessible storytelling website

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. 

RNIB wins Third Sector Business Charity Award

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.

RNIB comment on the death of HRH Prince Philip

12 April 2021 | RNIB is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"Alexa, call RNIB Helpline"

31 March 2021 | People with sight loss can now connect directly to the RNIB Helpline by saying “Alexa, call RNIB Helpline"

Charity warns of increase in hallucinations due to sight loss

16 February 2021 | RNIB is warning that ongoing lockdown and coronavirus restrictions could be causing a spike in hallucinations due to sight loss.

London office move for RNIB

26 January 2021 | RNIB has accepted an offer for 105 Judd Street in part of a modernisation programme for the charity.

Free newspaper subscription for people with sight loss during coronavirus

20 January 2021 | RNIB is offering a free subscription to a newspaper or broadcast guide via its Newsagent service during the coronavirus pandemic.

VI Charity Sector Partnership

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.

Sight loss charity announces the winners of 2020 Coronavirus Heroes Awards

08 December 2020 | RNIB has announced the winners of this year’s See Differently ‘Coronavirus Heroes’ Awards.

Marathon runner with sight loss wins Coronavirus Hero Award

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.

RNIB welcomes our new Chair, Anna Tylor

30 November 2020 | RNIB has welcomed its new Chair, Anna Tylor, to its Board of Trustees.

Giant Print Library update

16 November 2020 | An update on RNIB's Giant Print Library from RNIB Director of Services, David Clarke. 

UK retailers urged to make Christmas adverts accessible for people with sight loss

13 November 2020 | RNIB calls on the UK's biggest retailers to produce Christmas adverts with audio description.  

Statement on closure of RNIB's Giant Print Library

2 November 2020 | The RNIB Giant Print Library and Moon Library in Peterborough will close on 31 January 2021.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme launches wearable aids for social distancing

29 October 2020 | The products were created by Hidden Disabilities in collaboration with RNIB and the Cabinet Office.

Samsung first company in the TV industry to receive sight loss charity accreditation

27 October 2020 | RNIB has awarded Samsung with their 'Tried and Tested' accreditation for the company's 2020 Smart TVs.

RNIB research finds just one in 10 blind people able to vote independently

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.

RNIB works with the LEGO Foundation to bring LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkits to UK children

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.

Booker Prize shortlisted books freely available through RNIB's Online Reading Library

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.

RNIB on the ball with new range of accessible sports equipment

9 September 2020 | RNIB is encouraging more blind and partially sighted people into sport with a new range of accessible sports equipment.

New guidance for blind and partially sighted people during social distancing restrictions

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.

Official badges released to help people social distance

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.

Charity issues guidance on how hospitality industry can support customers with sight loss during 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.

RNIB comments on cancellation of the 2020 London Marathon

07 August 2020 | A statement from Sophie Castell, Director of Relationships at RNIB.

Charity issues guidance on how sports and leisure sector can support customers with sight loss during pandemic

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.

Charity issues guidance on how retail industry can support customers with sight loss during pandemic

03 August 2020 | RNIB is calling on retailers to ensure that physical changes to their premises are accessible for people with sight loss.

RNIB comment on inaccessible tweet from Health Secretary Matt Hancock

31 July 2020 | A comment from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.

RNIB announces new Chair of Trustees

31 July 2020 | RNIB has announced that Anna Tylor has been appointed as its new Chair of Trustees.

Charity warns of 'double lockdown' for people with sight loss

06 July 2020 | As lockdown eases, RNIB is warning that blind and partially sighted people's independence is increasingly under threat.

RNIB Bookshare celebrates reaching half a million books in accessible formats

30 June 2020 | RNIB Bookshare celebrates reaching half a million books in accessible formats.

RNIB publishes progress report

25 June 2020 | RNIB publishes progress report.

RNIB responds to Charity Commission report

25 June 2020 | RNIB responds to Charity Commission report.

Priority supermarket deliveries announced for blind shoppers amid social distancing concerns

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.

RNIB statement on cancellation of Double Dash 2020

04 June 2020 | A statement from Alex McDowell, Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB.

People at risk of losing sight due to fear of hospital during coronavirus pandemic

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.

TV Anchor lends voice to coronavirus guidelines for people with sight loss

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.

One in five people with sight loss rationed food during lockdown as loss of independence begins to impact says RNIB 

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

RNIB statement on cancellation of Prudential RideLondon 2020

22 May 2020 | A statement from Alex McDowell, Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB.

RNIB shares top tips on looking after eye health during coronavirus pandemic

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.

Partially sighted Redditch woman taking on marathon 2.6 Challenge for RNIB while undergoing cancer treatment

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.

Izzy, wizzy, let's get quizzy! Sooty hosts RNIB quiz for children across the nation

01 May 2020 | Sooty hosts a quiz to help children across the UK alleviate boredom they may be experiencing due to coronavirus restrictions.

Read all about it! RNIB launches new online library for people with sight loss

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.

Leading charities call on the government for better accessibility of public health information for disabled people about coronavirus

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.

RNIB responds to the Covid-19 situation

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

RNIB comments on decision to delay London Marathon

13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on decision to delay London Marathon

RNIB comments on byelaws regarding dockless bikes

13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on byelaw regarding dockless bikes 

RNIB comments on Government's consultation on pavement parking

13 March 2020 | RNIB comments on Government's consultation on pavement parking

RNIB makes accessible books free for children in the UK on World Book Day

05 March 2020 | RNIB makes accessible books free for children in the UK on World Book Day

RNIB responds to the Government plans to bring together PIP and Employment and Support Allowance/Universal Credit assessments

02 March 2020 | RNIB responds to the Government plans to bring together PIP and Employment and Support Allowance/Universal Credit assessments.

New £20 note strengthens Bank’s commitment to making money accessible for people with sight loss

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.

RNIB teaches Alexa to give sight loss information

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

Blackpool resident with sight loss takes plunge for RNIB

13 January 2020 | George Buckley is encouraging others to take part in The Big Jump to raise money for RNIB.

RNIB comments on HSIB report

9 January 2020 | Helen Lee, RNIB's Eye Health Policy Manager, comments on the latest HSIB report on glaucoma.  

An update from our CEO

17 December 2019 | Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, has issued an update about the sale of the RNIB Pears Centre building. 

RNIB Christmas Stamp Appeal 2019

16 December 2019 | A letter to editor from broadcaster and TV personality Vanessa Feltz in support of RNIB's Christmas stamp appeal.

Letters from Santa

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.

An update from our CEO

14 November 2019 | Update from RNIB CEO, Matt Stringer

UK retailers urged to make their Christmas adverts accessible for people with sight loss

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.

Cash-strapped councils failing 1 in 3 children with vision impairment says report

22 October 2019 | Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment are being failed by underfunded local authorities across England.

Stockton volunteer travels enough miles to circle the earth raising £150k for charity

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.

St Helens resident looks set to complete all six of the world's biggest marathons

07 October 2019 | Mark Rogerson has set himself the challenge of completing the world's biggest marathons to raise money for RNIB.

HRH The Countess of Wessex visits Kingston Hospital Eye Clinic to witness RNIB support in action

03 October 2019 | HRH The Countess of Wessex visited the Royal Eye Unit at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

RNIB top tips for keeping your eyes healthy

23 September 2019 | It's National Eye Health Week and RNIB has created a list of less conventional tips for keeping your eyes healthy.

RNIB successfully challenges tax decision and leads to change at HMRC

14 August 2019 | RNIB has been working closely with HMRC to provide the best support for people with sight loss.

Nominations sought for RNIB See Differently Awards

08 August 2019 | RNIB has launched a new event to recognise and celebrate outstanding work to support people wth sight loss.

Lancashire man accuses NHS of discrimination

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.

RNIB highlights importance of emotional support as number of calls set to triple

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.

Sight loss charities join forces to launch online advice hub

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.

Three in four guide dog owners illegally refused service

13 June 2019 | RNIB and Guide Dogs collaborate in a new effort to fight guide dog access refusals. 

Gatwick trialling on-demand support via app for blind and partially sighted passengers

15 May 2019 | Gatwick is trialling an on-demand support initiative for passengers with sight loss, with the support of RNIB.

RNIB in Bristol: an update

14 May 2019 | Statement from Stephen Weymouth, RNIB Network Manager for the South West.

RNIB Employment Team finalist for 2019 ERSA Employability Award

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.

RNIB statement regarding High Court ruling on Government arrangements for visually impaired voters

03 May 2019 | Statement from Richard Holmes, Public Affairs Manager at RNIB.

RNIB appoints permanent Chief Executive

25 April 2019 | RNIB has appointed Matt Stringer as its permanent Chief Executive.

LEGO launches new braille brick concept

24 April 2019 | LEGO announces educational braille brick concept, developed with the assistance of RNIB.

RNIB response to online retailer Very's marketing email

18 April 2019 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.

Road safety concerns lead to changes for UK's flagship shared space scheme

18 April 2019 | RNIB has been invited to review proposed changes to the UK's flagship shared space scheme after road safety concerns.

RNIB responds to National Audit Office report on supporting disabled people to work

28 March 2019 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.

Response to decision to reverse shared space scheme on Exhibition Road

25 March 2019 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB.

Study confirms that Eye Clinic Liaison Officers provide valuable benefits to eye clinics

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).

RNIB achieves Disability Confident Level 3

13 February 2019 | RNIB has been confirmed as a Level 3 Disability Confident employer by AdviserPlus.

Blackburn and Burnley ECLO backs campaign for greater support for people losing their sight

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.

RNIB responds to misguided Facebook comments around sight loss and technology use

28 January 2019 | Statement from David Clarke, Director of Services at RNIB. 

RNIB receives £1m from People’s Postcode Lottery

21 January 2019 | RNIB has become the latest charity to receive £1m in funding from People’s Postcode Lottery.

Specialist support for people diagnosed with sight loss introduced in the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

21 January 2019 | RNIB and The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, with support from Sight Loss Shropshire, have launched a new service. 

RNIB in Bristol: an update

15 January 2019 | We have issued an update on RNIB in Bristol.

Statement on NHS long-term plan

7 January 2019 | Statement from Helen Lee, Eye Health Policy Manager at RNIB. 

RNIB statement on Steve Allen's LBC comments

6 December 2018 | Statement from Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB. 

RNIB appoints new Head of Social Change

7 November 2018 | Sarah Lambert, former Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Volunteering at the National Autistic Society, joins RNIB.

Blind people reveal the biggest challenge they face

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.

Update: RNIB in Bristol

2 October 2018 | We have issued an update on RNIB in Bristol.

New patient standards to increase support for eye clinic patients

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.

RNIB launches new brand

10 September 2018 | Leading sight loss charity urges people to see differently.

A message from Eleanor Southwood, our Chair

4 September 2018 | Eleanor Southwood, Chair of RNIB, has issued a statement about RNIB Pears Centre.

RNIB in Bristol

23 August 2018 | We have issued an update on RNIB in Bristol.

Charity film highlights dangers of shared space schemes

14 August 2018 | RNIB's latest film highlights the dangers of shared space.

An update on RNIB's Independent Review

27 July 2018 | We have issued an update on RNIB's Independent Review.

RNIB response to Department for Transport's Inclusive Transport Strategy

25 July 2018 | RNIB response to DfT Inclusive Transport Strategy. 

RNIB and the Work and Health Programme

20 July 2018 | RNIB and the Work and Health Programme.

RNIB Three Spires School

18 July 2018 | Statement about RNIB Three Spires School.

RNIB joins with broadcasters to get more people using audio description

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.

Report warns of crisis in eye clinic capacity as cancelled appointments risks patients’ sight

6 June 2018 | The current eye health system is failing patients on a grand scale, according to a new report released today.

RNIB to exhibit community garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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.

RNIB appoints new Directors

6 June 2018 | Nick Apetroaie, Keith Valentine and David Clarke join leading sight loss charity

Update: Bristol premises

23 May 2018 | Update about RNIB's Bristol premises 

An update on RNIB Pears Centre from our Chair Eleanor Southwood

11 May 2018 | Eleanor Southwood, Chair of RNIB has issued an update about RNIB Pears Centre.