esab-hands-upWe currently have opportunities for home visitors, social group helper/drivers, and specialist drivers for our new Outreach Vehicle.

As a home visitor or social group helper/driver you would be providing a befriending and support service, and helping to prevent isolation and loneliness, or driving members to and from home to a monthly social group meeting or outing. Times and dates would be by mutual agreement and we would match you to a member or group close to where you live.

As a driver of our new Fiat Ducato outreach vehicle, you would be helping to widen the accessibility of ESAB’s services, and promote the availability of aids and equipment for blind and partially sighted people throughout East Sussex. We aren’t looking for particular skills, just people who are friendly and approachable, and happy to help someone with sight problems maintain their independence.

All volunteers receive vision awareness training and have access to and the support of a volunteer co-ordinator.

Here’s what one of our new volunteers said recently…

“I really enjoyed the course, and found it so refreshing and extremely interesting. The time just flew”.

Being an ESAB volunteer can be so rewarding, so if you have a few hours to spare, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab and send us your details.


membersAre you blind or partially sighted, over the age of 18 and live in East Sussex? Become a member of ESAB for just £10 a year! Members can benefit from our full range of services as well as receiving our seasonal bulletin – in a format of your choice. We don’t ask for proof of disability at point of registration, just a few simple questions and your contact information.

When joining, not only will you benefit from our full range of services, but become part of an enthusiastic, driven and member focused organisation, committed to providing members with unbeatable support, care and service.

Please call us on 01323 832 252 to become a member.

Leave a Legacy

ancient-oak-treeDid you know that over 50% of all charities on the official register of charities are run entirely by volunteers?

One of ESAB’s volunteers visited a partially-sighted lady in Brighton called Margaret for five years. Margaret was so grateful that she left a very large sum of money to ESAB in her Will. This has made a massive difference to ESAB and enables us to improve and expand our services to people like Margaret. It may be that you know someone, a family member, friend or neighbour, who has a visual impairment as Margaret did. We would like, indeed ESAB was set up, to help people like that and we would like to think that you too would like to help such people.

ESAB helps blind and partially sighted people with mobility, training, advice and support in East Sussex including Brighton and Hove We have a small office in Hailsham and a staff of eleven, but ESAB relies for many of its services on volunteers.

To enable us to provide these services, we depend to a very large extent on voluntary donations and legacies. There are 800,000 people in the UK with a visual impairment – 6,500 in Sussex.  With all the pressures there are on our health and public services and with an aging population, more and more people, of all ages, rely on the services that ESAB provides.

We would love to be able to provide a greater range of services but do not currently have the resources to do so.  Maybe you could help us?

  • Provide a county-wide home visiting service
  • Give a better resources service in Brighton and Hove where there is a high level of need.
  • Reach out to more people – at the moment we only have 1,700 people actually accessing our services

Any gift, big or small, helps make sure blind and partially sighted people in Sussex have the facilities and support to live their lives to the full.

  • £500 would fund a home visitor for a blind person for 6 months
  • £2,000 would support a social group giving advice and friendship to up to 50 people for a year
  • £12,000 would provide an Aids and Equipment Officer helping blind people make the most of their lives for a year
  • £25,000 would fund a full time low vision support worker giving training to partially sighted people across Sussex for a year

You Can Make A Difference – Will You?

Any legacy (however small) to ESAB will be greatly appreciated by ESAB but more importantly by people like Margaret who receive its services.

It is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of a solicitor or other professional adviser before you make, or (if you have already made one) amend, a Will.

Gifts can be for a specific amount, or for the balance or a percentage of it after all the other gifts you wish to make have been specified. You can also leave possessions for use by the charity or even other possessions such as a work of art which the charity can sell and use the proceeds.

If you would like to discuss anything raised or referred to in this leaflet, please contact in the first instance our Chief Executive.

You can download a ‘Specimen to Codicil Will’ document by clicking on this link.


ESAB needs to raise £300,000 a year to continue providing services for people who are blind or partially sighted and living in East Sussex. Raising money is challenging at the moment so we seek to raise funds from lots of different sources including donations from individuals, applications to grant-making Trusts and Foundations, fundraising events and contracts from East Sussex County Council.

Making a one-off or regular donation will help ESAB to continue our work with local people who are blind or partially sighted.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Why not fundraise?

ESAB has been supported by all sorts of wonderful fundraisers over the years. Some people have hosted raffles and tea parties while others have jumped out of planes and trekked across the desert! There are countless ways to raise money for charity: you can challenge yourself or play to your strengths, or just have a fun time while helping other people.

If you would like to do something to support ESAB then please contact Danielle Lawrence in our office using these details:


Telephone: 01323 832252

The Friends of ESAB are a group of dedicated volunteers who organise fundraising events throughout the year to support ESAB. Please contact our office if you’re interested in coming to a Friends of ESAB fundraiser as these particular events are ticketed.

Below is the full list of events that ESAB will be taking part in throughout the year.

Events & Fundraisers

Saturday 17th June

Hadlow Down Village Fayre – Outreach Vehicle
Tinkers Park
TN22 4ES

Saturday 22nd July

Eastbourne PRIDE – Outreach Vehicle, with Eastbourne Blind Society
Princes Park
BN22 7LL

Sunday 23rd July

Hailsham Lions’ Fun Day – Outreach Vehicle
The Recreation Ground
Western Road
BN27 3DY

Wednesday 2nd August

Wealden District Council summer activity day – Outreach Vehicle
Goldsmith Recreation Ground
Eridge Road

Friday 4th August

Wealden District Council summer activity day – Outreach Vehicle
Wannock Road Recreation Ground
BN26 5JG

Wednesday 9th August

Wealden District Council summer activity day – Outreach Vehicle
Sheepsetting Lane Recreation Ground
TN21 0XG

Saturday 9th September
Pop-Up Italian café – Friends of ESAB Fundraiser
St Augustine’s Hall
St Augustine’s Close
TN39 3AZ

Monday 18th September

National Eye Health Week – information day
St George’s Church
St George’s Road

Saturday 11th November

Concert at Herstmonceux Castle – Friends of ESAB Fundraiser
Herstmonceux Castle
BN27 1RN