SOUTHEND BLIND WELFARE ORGANISATION

Supporting people with sight loss since 1958

 

Residential Home

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This web site is designed to enable ease of use for the visually impaired

 

 

 

 

 

Southend Blind Welfare Organisation is an independent charity

which provides practical help to visually impaired people

in and around the Southend-on-Sea area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

Our History

 

In the mid 1950’s a group of local people thought that there was the need for

a Local Charity that would give help and support to the growing number of

people in Southend who were Blind or Partially Sighted. With the backing of

Southend Borough Council, and several Eye Specialists the charity was formed.

 

Towards the end of the 1950’s , the opportunity arose to buy a large house in

Imperial Avenue, and to open a Residential Home that would serve the town

and offer specialist care.  Funds were raised, and the house was bought,

with accommodation initially for 14 residents.

 

At the same time, the Organisation started to offer Social Clubs to members

who lived in the community, and also held an Annual  Xmas Party at the

Kursaal. Local Service Clubs became involved and in particular

Southend Round Table provided transport ,and were for many years

responsible for organising a Annual Flag Week, when a Door to Door Collection

was made, together with  a Street Collection in Southend High Street. The Charity was also fortunate to benefit from a number of legacies and donations including

one from the Estate of Annie Kay.

 

Over the next few years, Elkington House was  extended on three occasions and

has recently been completely refurbished, which provides a caring and secure environment for 25 residents. It is named after Daphne Elkington, a Social Worker

for the blind and a long time supporter. In the late 1990’s, a Resource and Information Centre was opened, initially at Elkington House and then at SAVS in Southend.

Also Social Clubs were introduced to offer support and companionship to

those in need in the town.

 

In 2008, an opportunity arose to buy our own Headquarters Building in Hamlet Court Road, which enabled us to provide under one roof, a Club Room, an enlarged

Resource and Information Centre, and a Charity Shop, which raises significant

funds to support the centre . A wide variety of social activities are provided including outings, theatre trips and clubs. An Equipment Loan Scheme is also offered.

 

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The Equipment and Information Centre

 

Situated in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, the Centre offers people with sight

problems a chance to try out a large range of specialist equipment including

voice enhanced computers and CCTVs.  Many other aids to daily independent l

iving can also be demonstrated by our team of volunteers.

 

For more information: click here

 

Second Hand Equipment for Sale: click here

 

                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Residential Home

 

Elkington House, Westcliff on Sea

 

A specialist residential home which offers sensitive care to

older people with sight problems in a friendly and warm environment.

 

For more information: click here

 

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Charity Shop

 

We also have a very popular our charity shop in Hamlet Court Road building.

Donations always welcome

 

For more information: click here

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Clubs & Social Activities

 

If social activity is what you want,

then why not come along to one of our social clubs.

Each offer lots of support, entertainment and good company.

 

Telephone: (01702) 342131 for more information or click here

 

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Day Trips, Theatre Trips & Special Events

 

Various holidays, day trips and special events are available for

people with sight loss and their carers.  Rambling and walking,

group holidays, day trips, theatre trips and lots more.

 

Telephone: (01702) 342131 for more information

 

also

 

Click here for day trips

 

Click here for theatre trips

 

Click here for special events

 

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