"Sight Scotland Veterans helps me meet friends and takes you to places you might not have gone before. The charity provides me with outings that open up one's horizons to various locations and experiences. Meeting and conversing with other people who have sight loss gives you some comfort in knowing that you're not alone."

- Jim, Royal Navy veteran, macular degeneration

No one should have to face sight loss alone. Sadly, veterans experiencing sight loss often tell us they have felt lonely or become isolated due to their visual impairment – particularly if they are older.

We understand the vital importance of social connections, and strive to bring people out of loneliness and social isolation. That’s why we provide regular lunch clubs, outings and social events across Scotland for the veterans we support. 

Whether it’s sharing experiences of sight loss or time in the Armed Forces, or a friendly chat about something else entirely, engaging with others can make a big difference. Our social opportunities are the perfect way to get out and about and make new connections.    

We know that by bringing veterans together with other veterans, we can break down fear and apprehension about life with sight loss. We provide opportunities to connect. Often, speaking to someone who has been through similar challenges can be reassuring. 

 

Two veterans chat together at Kirkcaldy lunch club

Lunch clubs

We run monthly lunch clubs across Scotland. Led by our outreach workers, these free meet ups are a chance for veterans with sight loss to get together over a friendly cuppa and bite to eat. A great opportunity for new friendships to flourish – and veterans can bring a relative or carer too. 

Reunion events

Held in various regions across Scotland, our annual reunion lunches are an opportunity to meet other veterans from further afield over a lovely three-course lunch. Our popular annual Gathering event unites our veterans from across the country and includes an overnight hotel stay, dinner and entertainment. The Northern Gathering provides this experience for those in the Highlands, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Day trips and outings

Our outreach workers, based Scotland wide, regularly facilitate individual and group outings. These include visits to local attractions, museum trips, walking groups, reminiscence outings and military-themed excursions.

Our centres

We have two fully accessible activity hubs open to our veterans. These are ideal places to meet new friends as you try out new activities, regain hobbies and develop new skills. Find out more about the Linburn Centre and the Hawkhead Centre.
 

Get support to make new connections

Do you know a veteran with sight loss who'd like to meet some new faces? Complete our enquiry form and we'll give you or them a call shortly. 

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Sam's story

Sam is a National Service veteran with the eye condition macular degeneration. Since joining Sight Scotland Veterans, he has received support from the charity's rehabilitation team and his local outreach worker.