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Eastbourne Blind Society was founded in 1923 to support 8 veterans who were war blinded.   The services extended over time to meet the needs of others and in 1963 the Centre in Longstone Road was opened. Today we have almost 800 members.

In the early days, Eastbourne Blind Society was run entirely by volunteers.   Although we do now have a small, very caring staff we are still very reliant on the services of volunteers.

The Society is an independent, registered voluntary charity. We are not part of the RNIB/Action for Blind People although we work with them on national and campaigning issues.

The Society is a member of East Sussex Vision Care. This is a consortium of the three societies for blind and partially sighted people which operate across East Sussex.   Eastbourne Blind Society is responsible for local support in Eastbourne, and provides the administrative function for ESVC.


The Society is a User Led Organisation (ULO) which provides opportunities for members to influence how we support them.
Eastbourne Blind Society Centre is in Longstone Road and incorporates Offices, a spacious Hall, Audio Books Library and Resource Centre.


We have 4 full time members of staff and 4 part time staff, plus a live-in caretaker.

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Our social afternoons and arts & crafts afternoons take place here. During the winter months, the bowls club meet in the hall for short mat bowls, home matches and roll-ups. The hall is used for our modular courses, which are designed to support and encourage visually impaired people. It is also used as the base for our Open Days to which we invite suppliers, of equipment and other support services.

Audio Library

We have a purpose-built Library to accommodate our large supply of audio books.

Resource Centre

Our Resource Centre houses a wide range of equipment and low vision aids which can be demonstrated. Advice is available and equipment can be purchased.

The Resource Centre is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, when you will need an appointment. We have a drop-in day on Thursdays when anyone can call in for a brief visit.

The Resource Centre is closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and week-ends


Benefits Surgery

The Benefits Surgery is available on Wednesdays 10.00 to 12.00.   Appointments and telephone consultations can be made.
Drop-ins welcomed.
Ring 01323 729511.