Clubs and societies

Our clubs and societies are more than just social: they give veterans a place to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience
Our clubs and societies give veterans a place to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience

Our clubs and societies are more than just social: they give veterans a place to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience.

Some are more active and some more relaxed, but they all bring veterans together.

If you know of a veteran with sight loss request a callback to discuss FREE support or download an application form.

Archery club

Our archery club competes all over the country, against both vision-impaired and sighted archers. The archers use footplates and a hand rest to take up their positions, with a sighted spotter telling them exactly where the arrow hits.

Visit the Archery website

 

Bowls club

Our hugely popular bowls club plays games all year round, both indoors and outdoors. Bowlers come from around the UK to meet for our twice-yearly bowling club fortnights near Brighton. During the games a sighted guide explains the position of the woods, and veterans use a length of string along the middle of the room to feel and judge the direction to aim in.

 

Golf club

Our golf club is popular with both recreational and competitive golfers, and some of the veterans have won blind golfing competitions. Veterans play at various locations around the UK with a sighted guide to take them around the course.

 

Acoustic rifle shooting club

Acoustic rifle shooting is becoming more and more popular, and our team plays in a postal league against other clubs.
The rifles use a light sensor to pick up different coloured rings on the target. The pitch changes as you get closer to the centre.

 

Skiing club

Every January we take a trip to the Italian Dolomites. Ski guides who are instructors from the Armed Forces stay with our veterans for the week, guiding them down the slopes individually. It's a popular, sociable week that gives veterans the chance to learn or get back into downhill skiing. Our skiing club has been running for over 35 years.

 

Computer club

Technology has opened up new worlds to visually-impaired people. By using screen magnification and speech programs, it is easier than ever before to use computers to research, communicate, relax and stay in touch with friends - wherever they are in the world. Whether they're learning to use computers or mastering programming, our computer club helps the veterans share ideas and experiences and learn new skills.

 

Amateur radio club

Members of our amateur radio club regularly get in touch over the airwaves, and often meet at Brighton where we run a well-furnished 'radio shack'. Our call sign - G3STD - is well known among radio amateurs.

 

Writers' forum

Whether you've been writing for years or you've always wanted to give it a try, our writers' forum can give you plenty of support and encouragement. We hold a writers' weekend every year, where our veterans meet local authors, playwrights and poets.

 

Other activities

Activity and interest weeks held at our three centres include ballroom dancing, darts, history, music appreciation and gardening.

 

Cenotaph

The Cenotaph parade is organised by the Royal British Legion on Remembrance Sunday every November to honour those who lost their lives in war. Armistice Day marks the end of the First World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. A contingent from Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan's, always joins the parade in Whitehall.


How to apply for Blind Veterans UK's support

For someone to be entitled to Blind Veterans UK's free support and services, they need to have done National Service or served in the Armed Forces, and have significant sight loss.

It doesn't matter to us why someone's vision is impaired or when they lost their sight. Many of our veterans have lost their sight years after their service, due to age or illness.

We believe that no one who has served their country should have to battle blindness alone.

If you know of a veteran with sight loss request a callback to discuss FREE support or DOWNLOAD an application form.

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