Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind until October 2019) provides a wide range of local services so that blind and partially sighted people across the majority of South Wales can enjoy independent, active, social and fulfilled lives.
We were set up in 1865, making us one of the oldest charities in Wales. We are also very honoured to have rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards as our President and actress Ruth Madoc as patron.
We have 11 members of staff and over 100 volunteers, many of whom have a sight condition. We have offices in Cardiff and Swansea but much of our work is done in the community, where we often do home visits for those who have recently developed a sight condition that is impacting on their life. Due to contracts or funding with local authorities, health boards and the National Lottery Community Fund, we mainly focus on Cardiff, Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Neath and Port Talbot. We can provide advice to people outside those areas via telephone, our quarterly newsletter or through our social media channels.
We understand that living with sight loss can be incredibly challenging but with our support, we know that blind and partially sighted people can continue living the life they want. That can be something as simple as still being able to enjoy books and television, something essential like being able to safely cook meals and go shopping, or something important like being able to stay in work or continue doing sport and leisure activities.
We aim to locally support blind and partially sighted people to maintain or improve their physical and emotional well-being by providing advice and support to help people exercise, manage medication, eat healthily, increase confidence and self-esteem, give them a sense of security and future, and reduce incidents of falls and accidents. We want people to enjoy independent and fulfilled lives by helping them to be part of a community, to take part in social and leisure activities, get out and about more, to be able and willing to shop alone, to visit friends, be digitally included, have more income and be able to manage money, to volunteer or work, and to take part in lifelong learning.
At our headquarters in Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff, we have a products shop, IT training suite and an Activity Room, which is where many of our Cardiff clubs meet. You can also find many of the Cardiff team here, who can provide information, advice and an ear to listen.
We also have an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer based at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff, who is there to support people diagnosed with a significant sight condition.
We are a subsidiary of RNIB an our staff and volunteers work closely with RNIB Cymru, local authorities and other public and Third sector organisations to try and ensure blind and partially sighted people get the support they need.
Click here for a list of our services, which do vary slightly in each area we work in. To find out more about the difference we can make to people’s lives, please click here:
For more on our current strategy, click here:
We take the safeguarding of service users, volunteers and staff very seriously. Please click here for a copy of our policies and procedures.
Our latest Annual Report and Accounts is available at the following link (please note that this takes you to the Charity Commission website).
Cardiff Institute for the Blind is a charity and limited company. Our current board of directors includes John Sanders (Chair) Ceri Jackson, Stuart Fox and James Askey. If you would like to contact a member of the board, please call 029 2039 8900 and ask for Nicola Llewellyn or Michelle Jones. Or you can email [email protected]
Please note that you will still find reference to Cardiff Institute for the Blind or CIB throughout this website. We have retained that as our registered charity and company name for the time being to make the transition easier from an operational and fundraising perspective.