SOUTHEND BLIND WELFARE ORGANISATION
Supporting people with sight loss since 1958
Equipment and Information Centre
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.
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.
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
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.
We also have a very popular our charity shop in Hamlet Court Road building.
Donations always welcome
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
Click here for day trips
Click here for theatre trips
Click here for special events
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