Manx Blind Welfare Society looks after the interests of almost 600 people with serious sight loss on the Isle of Man.
A small, friendly team of staff, along with more than 200 volunteers, provide a comprehensive range of services and support.
From its purpose-built headquarters - Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan - MBWS offers a talking book library, a recording studio producing a weekly news service, computer training, specialist equipment room and resource centre and weekly social groups. The centre also houses the Royal National Institute for the Blind rehabilitation.
The Society also provides home and hospital visits and additional social events off premises throughout the year. Apart from a subsidised charge for lunches, services are all provided free.
While working closely with all organisations within the Isle of Man sight impairment service, Manx Blind Welfare Society is financially independent of Government, relying entirely upon fundraising, donations and legacies for its services.