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
Telephone Mondays only: 020 8487 5301
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
Telephone: 020 8831 6312 / 6191 / 6097
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
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.
Disability Resource Team
6 Park Road
Telephone 020 8943 0022
Richmond Association for the Blind (part of Middlesex Association for the Blind)
Middlesex HA7 1EP
Tel: 020 8432 5141
The Disability Action and Advice Centre
4 Waldegrave Road
Telephone 020 8831 6070
Richmond Monday Club for the Visually Impaired
Telephone 020 8894 2987
Twickenham Club for the Blind and Partially Sighted
Telephone 020 8979 3987
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