Useful Info

Visually Impaired Society of Richmond

Its aim is to support and promote visually impaired people in the Borough of Richmond to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Sheen Lane Centre

74 Sheen Lane

Sheen, London

SW14 8LP

Telephone Mondays only: 020 8487 5301

Email: visor.daac@yahoo.co.uk

Welcome to VISOR – The Visually Impaired Society of Richmond


The Borough has a number of schemes and services designed to help you get around. In addition, a number of national organisations run schemes giving good discounts to older people. These schemes are administered by The Accessible Transport Unit.


The Accessible Transport Unit (ATU)

c/o Disability Action and Advice Centre

4 Waldegrave Road

Teddington

TW11 8HT.

Telephone: 020 8831 6312 / 6191 / 6097

www.richmond.gov.uk/accessible_transport_unit


The Freedom Pass / Travel Permit (administered by ATU)

Although residents of the Borough with restricted mobility and every permanent resident aged over 60 is entitled to a Freedom Pass, this qualifying age seems to be slowly creeping up. To check your current eligibility, please visit

http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/freedom-pass/older-persons-freedom-pass/eligibility

A Freedom Pass gives free travel on London buses, tubes and trains as well as half price travel on national coach services and local river services. Telephone 020 8831 6312.

However, if you are over 60 and not yet eligible for a Freedom Pass, Transport for London will offer you a 60+ Oyster card which gives you free travel within London.

https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/60-london-oyster


Disability Resource Team

2nd Floor

6 Park Road

Teddington

TW11 0AA

Telephone 020 8943 0022

Email: mauricepress@enterprise.net


Richmond Association for the Blind (part of Middlesex Association for the Blind)

Head office:

Suite 18,

Freetrade House

Lowther Road

STANMORE

Middlesex HA7 1EP

Tel: 020 8432 5141

Website: www.aftb.org.uk


Richmond AID

The Disability Action and Advice Centre

4 Waldegrave Road

Teddington

TW11 8HT

Telephone 020 8831 6070

Email: richmondaid@richmond.gov.uk


Richmond Monday Club for the Visually Impaired

Telephone 020 8894 2987


Twickenham Club for the Blind and Partially Sighted

Telephone 020 8979 3987


Cooking

Richmond Adult Community College operates a Cooking with Confidence course. This course is specifically for people who are vision impaired.

For more information:

Telephone: 020 8891 5907

The Partially Sighted Society also provides equipment, where VAT is zero rated if it is specifically for people who are registered blind or partially sighted.

Telephone: 01302 368998


London Blind Rambling Club

Affiliated to the Ramblers Association, the Club arranges about 24 walks per year, mostly in the Home Counties.

Each walk is led by the local Ramblers Association group and one-to-one guiding is provided if necessary. Walks are typically 6-8 miles long, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Guide dogs are also welcome.

Telephone 020 8868 0096 for further details