Sight Scotland Veterans' West Lothian activity hub for veterans with sight loss 

The Linburn Centre in West Lothian is an activity hub for ex-servicemen and women with sight loss that is significantly affecting their independence. It’s a warm, welcoming place that brings veterans together.

With a variety of activities and outings and set in beautiful grounds, the centre offers the means and support to adapt to life with sight loss and try new things.  Many veterans who attend the centre say the things they do there and the connections they’ve made have transformed their lives.  

 

What we offer

  • Door-to-door transport or support to get here. 

  • A dedicated key worker to guide you in getting to know the centre and what's on offer for you.

  • A huge range of activities and outings.

  • The chance to gain confidence and new skills.

  • Social opportunities.

  • Expert support to adapt to life with sight loss.

Our facilities

Our centre is nestled on a beautiful rural estate with fully accessible garden areas adapted for people with sight loss. The building itself is modern and fully accessible. It’s the ideal place to bring our veterans together.

Facilities include:

•    woodwork workshop
•    arts and crafts room
•    skills kitchen
•    I.T. suite
•    sports hall and gymnasium
•    archery club
•    outdoor bowling green
•    gardens and greenhouse.

Community and camaraderie

You’ll meet plenty of fellow veterans with sight loss, of various ages at the Linburn Centre.

Every day the centre is abuzz with people making new connections, sharing stories and bonding over activities. Our friendly centre officers, instructors and support workers each bring their own specialisms to the table. 

Centre officer helps a veteran with sight loss grate some cheese in the Linburn skills kitchen

Activities range from the adventurous and active to the creative and more relaxed. From strength and fitness classes, woodwork and arts and crafts to cookery classes and I.T. courses, the choice is yours! There are regular outings to various local locations too.

Our qualified team will work closely with you to identify what you’d like to get out of your time at the centre. We use our knowledge and wide-spanning connections to help you find enjoyable and life-affirming pursuits.

The centre also has an in-house rehabilitation officer who can carry out one-on-one assessments for specialist equipment and provide training and guidance to help adapt to life with sight loss.

The Linburn Centre is open to anyone who is a member of Sight Scotland Veterans. Joining Sight Scotland Veterans is free and membership is open to anyone living with significant sight loss  who has served in the Armed Forces – including National Service. Many of the veterans we support have age-related sight loss, such as macular degeneration, that has occurred years after their service.

Many veterans who attend the Linburn Centre on a regular basis live in Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian, and other surrounding commutable areas. Your Sight Scotland Veterans outreach worker would be able to discuss attendance opportunities with you.

For those unable to self-travel, free door-to-door transport in most local locations can be provided to our centres. Our staff will be able to discuss your travel options to the centre with you.

The Gardener’s Cottage is our fully accessible holiday cottage located in the Linburn Centre grounds. The cottage is available to all veterans supported by Sight Scotland Veterans and their families to stay and have access to the Linburn Centre’s facilities and opportunities. So no matter where you live in Scotland, there is the chance to join in and experience all the centre has to offer.

Find Us

The Linburn Centre

Address: The Linburn Centre, Louis Braille Avenue, Wilkieston EH27 8EJ

Telephone: 0131 333 1369

hello [at] sightscotlandveterans.org.uk (Email The Linburn Centre)

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Our Manager

Jim Thomson

Centre Manager

Jim has managed Sight Scotland Veterans’ Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian since he joined the charity in December 2014.

Get support

Complete our enquiry form or give us a call on 0800 035 6409 to find out more about the Linburn Centre.