THE JERSEY BLIND SOCIETY is thought to be the oldest charity in Jersey, having been established in 1886. Fortunately the number of blind people has declined greatly since then, thanks to vastly improved prevention, detection and treatments. Today very few of the society’s members are completely blind but all suffer from varying degrees of sight impairment, often age-related.
The society pays pensions to severely sight impaired people in the island who are in financial need. We also provide a small allowance to those similarly affected and living in care homes. These two groups constitute our qualifying beneficiaries. In determining the severity of sight impairment we rely on assessments from professionals such as the claimant’s ophthalmologist, optician or GP.
Financial help is available to qualifying beneficiaries for the supply of low vision aids and non-optical aids. The society also pays for their eye tests and lenses and extends this help to children aged up to 18 living in low-income families.
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President: Conrad Coutanche
Treasurer: Chris Blackstone
Secretary: Peter Mourant
Committee Members: Ian MacMichael, Bill Cornock, Anthea Bentley, Christine Airey, Cassandra Holderness, Jane Crill, James Bailey, Kevin Lewis, Annette Rioda
Meet the Staff
Centre Manager: Mrs Jan Muddyman Tel: 01534 864689/841030 Email:
Day Centre Co-ordinator: Mrs Sue Bougourd Tel: 01534 864689/841030 Fax: 01534 864733
Community Team - About Our Role
Our three Community Team members, Sarah, Chris and Scott provide an Island-wide visiting, advice and support service to those in the community with sight problems. Their main role is to encourage and enable people registered with the JBS to live a full and independent life, regardless of age. The team can assist with advice and training on the latest technology and equipment designed to support those with sight loss, making everyday living easier.
They work closely with the Eye Department at the Hospital, Community and Social Services and other agencies such as the Social Security Department, Education and Jersey Employment Trust, often signposting clients to agencies which offer the specific support needed.
Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired (ROVI)
Chris is the Community Team's qualified ROVI. It is his job to provide help and advice to existing members and anyone newly diagnosed with a visual impairment. Chris can provide specialist assessment and advice covering the following.
- Independent living skills. Preparing or cooking food, making hot drinks, taking medication, lighting, cleaning techniques, personal care, and money identification.
- Communications. Use of magnifiers, reading aids, talking books, accessible phones, talking watches and clocks.
- Mobility. Techniques to assist inside and outside the home, sighted guiding techniques for family and carers, long cane training.
Sarah Shaw Tel: 01534 841032 Mob: 07797 728537 Email: