Sight loss is a scary place to be. It can leave people feeling vulnerable and isolated.

But it needn’t be like that. With the right support things can be very different – which is where we come in.

We provide support to empower ex-service personnel affected by sight loss to regain confidence, restore independence and make new connections. 

We are here for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces – including National Service – and who now has sight loss.

We support those who:

1.  Served in the Military:

  • In the U.K Armed Forces, National Service, or the Reserves/Territorial Army 

  • Merchant Navy, under British Military command.

2. Have sight loss:

  • Visual impairment which does not need to be related to your military service.

Many of the people we support have age-related sight loss, which has developed many years after their service.

We've been around since 1915, and we'll be here to offer support across Scotland for as long as veterans of the Armed Forces need us.

You can help us to empower more veterans to overcome barriers. Do you know a veteran who is affected by sight loss?

Everything we do is personal. We make one-to-one connections and are generous with our time. People are listened to, not just heard. Treated as individuals and valued for who they are.

Our offer is as diverse as those we support. We know that everyone faces different challenges and that everyone’s goals are individual. That’s why our team work with everyone in the way which is right for them.

We give support that ranges from practical advice and identifying solutions that help you stay as independent as possible, to vital emotional support and opportunities to meet others facing sight loss.

Wherever you are, whatever you like to do, there's an option that’s right for you.

Our Centres

Our centres in West Lothian and Renfrewshire are hives of activities and social opportunities for veterans living nearby. 

Our Team Leads

Alison Cairns

Practice Lead

Alison Cairns is Practice Lead for Sight Scotland Veterans’ outreach team, and joined the organisation in 2018.

Jenny Liddell

Interim Head of Community Support

Jenny joined Sight Scotland Veterans as Practice Lead for the North of Scotland in March 2020, before becoming the Interim Head of Community Support in January 2021.  

Sandra Taylor

Lead Rehabilitation Officer

Sandra leads our expert rehabilitation team, providing support to veterans with sight loss across Scotland.