John Walls

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind Exhibition

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind Exhibition

In October 2023, the Society held their annual Sight Loss Exhibition in City Hall.  With tech companies from across the UK in attendance showing the latest gadgets to support people with hearing and sight loss.


The Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind Exhibition offer support with computer mentoring and technology support; British wireless for the blind; counselling services; help with employment; social groups and lots more.

Please call us for more information.

Contact details: 0191 567 3939

Christmas Lunch at Stanley 2023

Everyone had a great time at the Stanley Xmas lunch.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended.

Everyone had a fantastic time thanks to Mazel and her band of elves! Everyone has been been raving about it! The food was delicious, as were the drinks. It was all fab! We will definitely look forward to seeing you all again at the sessions at Stanley Masonic Hall in January 2024 and beyond.




Social Group at the Masonic Hall Stanley

Stanley Social Group

VENUE: Masonic Hall Scott Street Stanley DH9 8AD

Day: 4th Tuesday of the month Time 1.00-3.00

28th November Christmas Lunch Masonic Hall

23rd January 2024 Chat and Cupper Masonic Hall  also Janet Nesbitt from the Stroke Association to come along to the Stanley meeting

27th February Co-op Estates Planning  Nicholas Minshull

26th March Durham County Carers Emma Thompson

23rd April S&CDRSB Counsellor Jackie Kent



Job Vacancy – Community Sight Support Officer

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind

Registered charity number 702325

Community Sight Support Officer

37.5 hours per week   Salary £23,178


Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind wish to appoint a Community Sight Support Officer to work throughout County Durham.


This is a fixed term post for 18 months with the possibility of extending the contract for a further 2 years. It is funded through a contract the Society has with Durham County Council.

We are looking for a special person to offer support and advice to people with a vision impairment. The role includes providing help and advice with housing issues, assistance with welfare benefits, referrals into the Society’s Counselling and IT services, organising a running Living with Sight Loss courses and offering support to people who have a visual impairment, their families and carers.  We are hoping to recruit someone with a range of experience and knowledge, including an understanding of assistive technology.

This role is for you if you: –


Have good IT knowledge and skills.

Have excellent communication skills.

Have patience and kindness.

Have a good sense of humour and a positive attitude.


The post involves some travel throughout County Durham for which a mileage rate will be paid. A car, or access to transport is essential.


Please email or telephone 0191 5673939 to request further information and details on how to apply.

Successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS.  Closing date for applications is 5pm on 04/03/2024.  Interviews to be held w/c 11/03/2024.


We welcome applications from all sectors of Society.



Volunteer Driver Opportunity

We are urgently looking for
Volunteer Car Drivers
to transport our members to various events, social and support groups across
County Durham.

If you are interested in helping us to make a difference to people with sight loss, through supporting them with transport requirements please get in touch.

Julie Anderson – 0191 5673939

Reimbursement for mileage incurred is currently paid at 45 pence per mile.
All Volunteer Drivers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Volunteer Car Driver advert

Headway Washington Social Group

Headway will be starting a new activity/social group for people with sight loss/difficulty as a result of a neurological condition.
A new group will be developed for people from Washington, they will eventually decide what they would like to do in the group. Ie talks, games, visits, speakers etc.

This will be the 2nd Tuesday of the Month . 1-3 pm. Starting on 13th June

Address is
Washington Millennium Centre
The Oval
NE37 2QD

We are located about 2-3 minutes walk from Concord bus station. Someone will be available to meet anyone for their first visit,

If you would like further information please contact Kim from Headway on 07830346985 or email

Free Assistive Technology, Employability and Digital Job Club Sessions

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind offers free Assistive Technology home visits to all visually impaired residents of Sunderland and Durham.  Whether it is accessing magnifiers, both hand help or large screen versions or a demonstration of what smart phones can do to help with your condition or using Alexa devices to make phone calls or read audio books from the RNIB just let us know and we will create an individual plan tailored to your own personal circumstances.  If in doubt just ask and we will do our best to assist you as much as possible.  We have delivered over 400 home visits in the past year and received many compliments for our services.

We also provide free and friendly digital employability short sessions on your doorstep across Sunderland and County Durham, they are available to everyone with a visual impairment looking for work and with no upper age restrictions so come along and update your skills.

This free project will offer several sessions per week, this can include home visit sessions, or at a community venue close to you.

We  would like as many local residents to take part in the Digital Job Club project to increase their chances of getting employment, perform their job searches correctly and fulfill their Universal Credit obligations as well as update their digital skills.

We will help any County Durham or Sunderland visually impaired residents of any age and our aim is to help them help themselves to become better digital citizens and increase their employability prospects. and help them get the job they want. We understand that it can be daunting to return to the job market after time away but we will do our best to help you help yourself.

We will help you update your CV and send job applications online easily. Search for more vacancies and become a better job seeker and it all counts towards your job search requirements.

Courses will be delivered locally and will include group type workshops with allocated times as well as sessions for 1:1 individual advice.

To book your free place please contact:  John Walls on 0191 5673939 or email

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