Action for Blind People merged with RNIB

In 2009 Action for Blind People became part of the RNIB Group of charities. Since then we have combined a lot of our work - this has worked well, but we want to do more.

On 1 April 2017, Action for Blind People merged with RNIB. This allows us to help more blind and partially sighted people by combining our services, knowledge and expertise within one charity.


Right now we’re only able to support one in three blind and partially sighted people in the UK. We want to be there for everyone affected by sight loss.

Customers tell us they’re confused by the complexity of Action for Blind People and RNIB, and who they should go to for the services they need. As a charity, we need to ensure every penny we spend is in the best interests of as many blind and partially sighted people as possible so we need to be as efficient and effective as we can be.

Advances in eye health and preventable sight loss, combined with new technologies to support independence, mean we have a real opportunity to change the future for anyone affected by sight loss.

Action Legacy

We also want to celebrate Action for Blind People and the charity’s proud heritage in supporting people with sight loss for the last 160 years.

Founded in 1857 as the Surrey Association, the charity changed its name to the London Association for the Blind in 1910, and was renamed Action for Blind People in 1998.

The charity’s reputation was built on providing services and accommodation for people with sight loss, championing employment, and campaigning on housing, education and welfare.

Making sure we are future ready

This is the next step in the charity’s evolution and we believe this is the right thing to do for the people we are here to support.

The time is right to make some changes to the way we are governed to reduce duplication of our work. Working as one organisation means we will now be able to support millions, not thousands.

Action’s track record in excellence continues now under the RNIB banner. Working as one organisation we know we can support more people with the services they need and value.

What does this mean for me?

  • You will still be able to contact people at Action and RNIB in the same way you do now – emails and phone numbers are remaining the same for the time being
  • We will continue to work with our existing customers in the same way and will fulfil the programmes of support we have already begun with you
  • New customers will be invited to access all our services through the RNIB Helpline
  • Just like Action has up to now, RNIB will continue to provide information and support for anyone affected by sight loss across the UK

How is my legacy gift to Action affected?

If you’ve already included a gift to Action in your Will, it will not be affected and will still be used to benefit the services that will now be delivered by RNIB. If you have any questions about gifts in Wills or would like to speak to the Legacy Fundraising Team please call us on: 020 7391 2058.  

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