There are lots of resources – and concessions! – available to people with a sight impairment. The links below are to other organisations who provide a service or support for sight impairment.

Further information about different concession schemes can be found at the bottom of this list under the heading “Concessions for Blind and Partially Sighted People”

Audio Books and Talking Newspapers

Bexhill Talking News

Brighton and Hove Talking Newspapers

Calibre Audio Library

Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association

 Lewes and District Talking Newspaper Association 

RNIB Talking Books

Wealden Talking News
Covering Seaford and Newhaven, Polegate and Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield, and Heathfield and District (including Battle and Wadhurst with surrounding villages)


VI Sport

Sound Tennis Sussex


IT & Computers



Sight Loss Charities

Blatchington Court Trust – Providing support for children and up to the age of 30

Eastbourne Blind Society
Providing support to blind and partially sighted people in the Eastbourne area

Hastings & Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind
Providing support to blind and partially sighted people in the Hastings area

RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind)


East Sussex Services

East Sussex Community Information Service
Find out about other services in East Sussex

East Sussex 1Space

Street Learning
Free courses for all Wealden and Eastbourne residents aged 19+ all you need to do is book your place! Providers include Sussex Downs College, Now! Training, ACRES, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, SCDA and ESCC Libraries


Concessions for Blind and Partially Sighted People

Blind Person’s Tax Allowance
If you’re registered Severely Sight Impaired then you can claim this allowance. It will be added to your Personal Tax Allowance, increasing how much you can earn each year before you start paying tax.

Bus Pass
Blind and partially sighted people are entitled to a Disabled Person’s Bus Pass that provides free travel during off-peak hours. Find out more and apply via East Sussex County Council:

Cinema Card
People with vision impairment can purchase a Cinema Exhibitioners’ Association Card. This card will allow a companion to go to the cinema with you for no extra cost

Disabled Person’s Railcard
If you have a visual impairment, you qualify for purchasing a Disabled Person’s Railcard which will give you 1/3 discount off your rail travels

TV Licence concession
Blind/Severely Sight Impaired people can get a 50% discount on their TV Licence

Theatre Companion Concession  Eastbourne Theatres offer a concession for people with disabilities and their companion. Find out more through their Box Office