In this news section you can keep yourself up to date with all the latest news on our events and activities taking place in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
On Saturday, 21st May, 20 families were brought together by sight loss charity RNIB at Belfast’s W5 for a day out with a difference.
The right to vote independently, and in secret, is a cornerstone of our democracy, yet up until now, many of the 56,400 blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland haven’t been able to vote independently or in private.
In August 2021, Alfie Hannaway's parents were told he has ocular albinism – a genetic condition affecting his eyesight. Just a few months later, they learned his sister, Clíodhna, also has the same condition.
Live from California, dinosaur expert extraordinaire Jack Horner joined an online event hosted by sight loss charity RNIB to share his expertise with over 50 children from across the UK.
RNIB in Northern Ireland praises local employer Kilwaughter Minerals Ltd for their efforts in raising awareness of the importance of looking after employees’ eyesight.
Belfast Lord Mayor supports initiative to help NI businesses "see the employee, not the sight loss"
Mollie and Beth Gibson took on the Take on 250 challenge, raising £3,000 by singing for 250 hours.
The call comes as a five year project undertaken by sight loss support charities RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People) and Angel Eyes NI comes to a close.
Sight loss charity RNIB praises the transport provider for ensuring tactile paving exists at all its stations.
A ground-breaking agreement between the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), TV Licensing and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) will make it much easier for people with severe sight impairment to access a blind concession TV Licence.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), in partnership with Irish Bowls, have launched Dander Bowls - a walk and a chat followed by a game of bowls at Coleraine Bowls Club every Monday morning. It’s been a big hit with blind and partially sighted people in the area.
There are now 100,000 people in Northern Ireland living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This shocking number includes the estimated 12,000 who have not yet been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. All of whom are at increased risk of diabetic eye disease as well as glaucoma and cataracts.
Retail NI, the Federation of Small Businesses in NI and a wealth of local shops and businesses have mobilised alongside sight loss charity RNIB to ensure blind and partially sighted shoppers and patrons are protected at the present time.
Adults and young people over the age of eleven, who are blind or partially sighted, and anyone in their support networks, can now avail of a one-off Mental Wellbeing Check-in as well as counselling or confidence building programmes through the Need to Talk project, run by the charity RNIB in Northern Ireland.
Ken Carson and Pauline Canning from Bangor are on a fundraising mission to sponsor two new RNIB Talking Books for the 1,700 blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland.
Health Minister Robin Swann has praised sight loss charities RNIB and Guide Dogs in Northern Ireland for creating advice for staff involved with administrating the coronavirus vaccine to blind and partially sighted people.
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday (4 March), we're giving away thousands of books in braille and audio formats for children with vision impairment across Northern Ireland.
RNIB is warning that ongoing lockdown and coronavirus restrictions could be causing a spike in hallucinations due to sight loss.
Once upon a time, two people with sight loss met on an RNIB day trip, fell in love and lived happily ever after.
It’s "game on" for blind and partially sighted players in Northern Ireland and Scotland with the launch of a new gaming group.
RNIB acknowledges the support of Asda in circulating RNIB’s best practice guidance to 140,000 staff across 640 UK-wide stores, 23 depots and three home offices.
Only one in four blind and partially sighted people of working age are in employment, but RNIB’s Eye Work Too programme is working to change that.
Children and young people with sight loss in Northern Ireland are celebrating as today marks the launch of an exciting new project that will empower them to shape their own future.
RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People) has praised Ulster Bank for the measures it’s taking to meet the needs of its customers with sight loss.
Sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), has praised the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) for circulating RNIB best practice guidance to its 100 members and showing support for the 55,600 people living with sight loss in Northern Ireland.
Sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has been working with National Museums NI to ensure its four sites are more accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
RNIB has acknowledged the support of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in circulating RNIB’s best practice guidance to its 6,000 members.
As part of RNIB NI’s ongoing campaign to address accessible healthcare information, they have been working with the Department of Health and Digital Health and Care NI, to ensure that the new StopCOVID NI Proximity App is accessible.
We have developed guidance on social distancing for blind and partially sighted people in NI.
As lockdown eases, we are warning that blind and partially sighted people’s independence is increasingly under threat.
We are urging people to continue to attend their scheduled eye appointments.
RNIB NI and Guide Dogs for the Blind have praised the role played by Executive Ministers in distributing vital information.
Some local brands have stepped up but growing numbers of people with sight loss are contacting RNIB about the challenges they face regarding social distancing and shopping.
The devolved government and the community sector in Northern Ireland have mobilised to give local help.
RNIB Northern Ireland has been working with local retailers to get shoppers safer access to groceries and essentials.
Four hundred and eighty seven SPAR, EUROSPAR, ViVO, ViVOXTRA and ViVO Essentials stores have pledged their commitment to supporting blind and partially sighted people.
RNIB praises the retailer for the support it is offering during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is offering support to people affected by sight loss in Northern Ireland after unprecedented changes to everyday life.
Ensuring blind and partially sighted people can access quick-changing health information and advice is critical.
RNIB Northern Ireland has published its community engagement report, which gathers the views of blind and partially sighted people and sets out priorities for change.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland has issued a call to action to politicians, policy makers and partner organisations, to join them in ending the inequalities faced by blind and partially sighted people here.
Blind and partially sighted voters still struggle to cast their ballot papers in secret, says a leading sight loss charity as it launches its manifesto for the December 12th General Election.
Zoe Stinson has today handed over a cheque for £1,908.99 to RNIB NI after a hugely successful fundraising campaign in honour of her son Harley.
Northern Irish Songstress Andrea Begley has a new single and an exciting new role as the Chairperson of RNIB’s Network Committee.
New figures, launched today, show that three-quarters of guide dog owners (76 per cent) have been illegally turned away by businesses and services, such as taxis, restaurants, shops, cafes, hotels and pubs.
Following recommendations that visual awareness training be given to all medical professionals, the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland (RNIBNI) and the medical school at Queen’s University of Belfast, have worked together to embed this training into the QUB medical course.
Blind and partially sighted people across Northern Ireland have been instrumental in the development of a new training video and advice card for health and social care staff and volunteers.
A charity counselling service is helping blind people see the light through their depression.
Jackie Cotton, RNIB NI’s Community Access Support Worker for the Mid Ulster area launches the ‘Mid Ulster Community RNIB Talking Book Challenge’ this week, and the Mill Court Bar and Restaurant in Coalisland is the first local organisation to pledge their support.
To mark this milestone, the charity has worked with visually impaired children from across the UK to create a light-hearted short film to encourage people to see the person, not the sight loss.
A survey of people in Northern Ireland has today [16 October 2018] revealed a widespread lack of awareness and understanding of sight loss.
Over the last five years more than 300 blind and partially sighted young people, between the ages of eight and 25, have taken part in RNIB’s ‘Realise Project’.
Dr Jackie Witherow has been appointed as the new Director of RNIB for Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Northern Ireland's leading transport provider, Translink, are first in NI to sign up to our RNIB Bus Charter.
On Thursday 12 November, RNIB NI launched ‘Get on board!’ an Accessible Transport Summary Report at RADAR NI, Northern Ireland’s first fully interactive safety and life skills education centre, located in Belfast.
Download best practice guidelines developed as support for Health care Commissioners, Health and Social Care Trusts, GPs, nurses and Practice Managers to help improve accessibility to services for people who are deaf, have a hearing loss, are blind or partially sighted.
RNIB NI is proud to announce Andrea Begley as our new ambassador here in Northern Ireland.