Stephen Weymouth, RNIB Network Manager for the South West, said
“The shared ambition of RNIB and local partners is to support more blind and partially sighted people in the Bristol area, both now and in the future. We believe we should co-locate with partners in locations that are more accessible to people to help us achieve this ambition rather than own or lease premises for our sole use.
“Since we sold our Stillhouse Lane premises in Bedminster to Guide Dogs earlier this year, we’ve been operating from there as tenants and will continue to do so until the end of March 2019.
“We will be starting a search for suitable premises in Bristol to move into by April 2019, and we are excited about the opportunities to co-locate with local partners so that together we can provide all of the advice, information and support that blind and partially sighted people want and need in a convenient and accessible place.
“We are consulting with local people with sight loss through our Locations Working Group, which includes many members of Bristol and District Visually Impaired Voice with whom we are due to meet in September alongside representatives from other partners. Working together we hope to find a suitable location which provides a safe and accessible space for blind and partially sighted people to meet for social events, training and other activities.”
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