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The Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind was formed in 1877. It is one of the oldest societies in the United Kingdom working on behalf of blind and visually impaired people. The Society is a local registered charity (number 702325). It is supported entirely by charitable donations. The Society is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association and is managed by a Council of Management (Trustees) made up of sighted and visually impaired members.

Sight loss affects people of all ages; its impact on day to day living can be huge. Blindness and visual impairment affect an estimated 1.8 million people in the United Kingdom according to the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind provides support, advice and services to anyone with sight loss throughout our area.

The Society works closely with a wide range of organisations to ensure that services are of the highest standard and help those in most need. We work closely with Sunderland City Council, Durham County Council and Sunderland Eye Infirmary in the provision of services. Also we work closely with other voluntary societies including the Macular Society, Thrive, the National Blind Gardner’s Club, Royal National Institute for the Blind, Guide Dogs and the Volunteers Bureau.