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Paisley Site Acquired for New Services for Blind People

People with sight loss in the West of Scotland will benefit from two new services being established in Paisley.Braeside_House_003_900

Scottish charity Royal Blind is set to build a new 54 bedroom nursing home specialising in the care of visually impaired older people on Hawkhead Road in Paisley. The home will build on the success of Braeside House, the charity’s specialist nursing home for visual impaired older people in the Liberton area of Edinburgh.  This will be the first time that Royal Blind has dedicated facilities on the ground in the West of Scotland.

On the same site, Royal Blind’s sister charity, Scottish War Blinded, will construct a day centre for visually impaired veterans of the armed services. The new centre will provide similar services to the charity’s Linburn Centre in West Lothian. It will enable people in the West of Scotland with a visual impairment who have at any time served in the armed forces to benefit from art and wood workshops, sporting leisure and social activities and daily living skills including rehabilitation and mobility. The centre will enhance the outreach services already offered by the charity to veterans in the area.

The site that has been acquired, pending planning permission, is a former garden centre at the junction of Hawkhead Road and Barrhead Road in Paisley, Renfrewshire. Royal Blind has engaged the Unum Partnership to design its nursing home and Scottish War Blinded has engaged Page\Park to design its centre.  Both are specified to a high quality standard fully in keeping with existing services.

 Richard Hellewell, Chief Executive of both Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded said:

 “This is an exciting time for our two charities as we establish new services in the West of Scotland which will enable us to support many more elderly people and service veterans with visual impairments.”


The planned new services have been welcomed by stakeholders.

 Fiona Sandford, Chief Executive at Visibility said:

 “For many years Visibility, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded have worked in partnership to deliver much needed services to blind and partially sighted people. Visibility is looking forward to the opening of these specialist care home and day services, which will make a real difference to the people of the West of Scotland.”


Colonel Martin Gibson, Chairman of Veterans Scotland said:

 “Veterans Scotland welcomes this initiative which will benefit those of all ages who served in the Armed Forces who are in need of support and guidance.  I particularly value Scottish War Blinded’s determination to continue to work in partnership with other like-minded charities and the public sector to benefit our veterans.

“The last four years have seen Scottish War Blinded opening a very successful day centre at Linburn and also developing very effective outreach services across Scotland.”


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