Wales Council of the Blind

North Wales Society of the Blind

Description: NWSB provide practical and emotional support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages throughout North Wales. They work to promote independence, choice and confidence whilst also providing the essential services them members tell them are important to them.


Tel: 01248 353 604

Category: Third/voluntary Sector

Services Provided

Audio Transcription

A bilingual (English and Welsh) audio recording service producing talking books and talking newspapers.

VI Awareness Training

Advice and training which will help raise awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people in both work and social situations. The training typically includes: low vision awareness, sighted guide techniques and demonstration, eye conditions, communication skills, aids and equipment demonstrations, practical advice and guidance.

NWSB Resource Centre

Located at 325 High Street in Bangor, the resource centre is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The centre is an invaluable source of advice, information and practical demonstrations. They have a wide range of equipment on display ranging from magnifiers to mobile phones. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to demonstrate and advise on their use.

Dr. Rhydian James Grant Fund

A grant to empower and enable future generations of people who are blind and partially sighted to reach their goals and fulfil their aspirations whatever they may be. Applicants in receipt of means-tested benefits will be given priority. They are happy to consider applications for specialist software, equipment and specialist training in the use of access technology.

Clwb Cerdded Eryri Walking Group

All walks are held on Wednesdays . Meet at North Wales Society for the Blind, 325 High Street, Bangor. 10.30 am.

NWSB General Grants

The general grant fund may award grants of up to £100 to individuals who are registered sight impaired or severely Sight impaired who also live in North Wales. The fund may provide grants for items which have been specifically designed for people with impaired vision. Contact Steve Thomas via the contact details below.

NWSB Children's Fund

The children's fund was established to help meet the needs of children who have impaired vision, by providing special needs grants and specialist equipment. Many families with young children who have vision impairments will have experienced lengthy delays and numerous application forms when applying for essential equipment like a CCTV</a> system or specialist computer software. We hope to be able to attract enough support to be able to help meet some of these needs.

NWSB Children's Mentor System

We have several volunteer mentors who provide guidance and reassurance to their younger peers, their help and guidance is invaluable, they are positive role models who are themselves registered blind or partially sighted. The Mentors give children and young people the opportunity to ask awkward questions and are able to work with their younger peers to develop confidence and new skills.


Welsh language talking book service.

North Wales Society of the Blind Club

The Club is held at no 20 Station Rd, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8BU. We get together every 2nd and 4th Monday in the month, from 11-1 pm. Transport and lunch may be arranged for you if required. We have guest speakers, entertainment also go out on day trips. For further information please contact Bethan on 01248 353 604.

NWSB Assistive Technology

Our technology service enables individuals to become more independent and access information, and includes specialist training advice and guidance from an experienced tutor who will work with you through a program of individual learning aims to help you reach your personal goals. We can advise on appropriate technology or software including: accessibility options; magnification and speech software; tablet devices including the iPad and Kindle.

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