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Christmas Opening Hours

24 December 2021
Our offices are closed from the 24th of December until the 4th of January 2022.   If you have an urgent query, please contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or you can contact the local Social Services Sensory Team department on 029 20 234234.   We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a…

Sight loss charity keeps clients connected during Covid

14 December 2021
Sight Life has helped hundreds of blind and partially sighted people stay connected online and by phone during Covid with big benefits for their health and wellbeing. As a result, demand for the South Wales charity’s IT and phone support has rocketed since the start of the pandemic.   Sight Life CEO Rich Harvey said:…

Sight Life Office Closed Today

8 December 2021

The Sight Life office in Cardiff is closed today. If you need any help or advice then please call 02920 398900.

Charity names first CEO ahead of independence

26 November 2021

Sight Life has appointed Rich Harvey as the first CEO in its 156 year history. He will ensure the charity continues to support people with sight loss across South Wales, while overseeing our return to independence after being part of the RNIB Group since 2009.

Rich said: “This is a great opportunity to maintain and extend the local face to face support for blind and partially sighted people at the heart of what Sight Life does. I’m delighted to join a strong and dedicated team, led by Operations Manager Michelle Jones, which has continued to provide a lifeline to so many vulnerable people during the pandemic.”

Welcoming Rich, who has many years experience in the charity sector and has worked in the National Partnership Development Team with the RNIB, Sight Life chairman John Sanders added: “Recruiting a CEO instead of a director is a big step for us. It reflects our ambition as a charity and also the scale of need in south Wales, especially as the number of people living with sight loss is rising.”

After Sight Life’s de-merger next year from the UK wide RNIB Group, both charities will still work together to help people with sight loss. The separation, though, will allow each charity to focus on its core strengths. For Sight Life this means providing practical help to anyone with limited sight so that they can shop, pay bills, travel, work, access leisure activities and do most of the things that people with ordinary vision take for granted.

Sight Life used to be known as Cardiff Institute for the Blind. We changed our name in 2019 to reflect the fact that we work beyond Cardiff, including Swansea and RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf). The name change also recognises the fact that we support people with any degree of sight loss, not only those who are blind.