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.
President: Bob Gaiger
Treasurer: Chris Blackstone
Secretary: Peter Mourant
Committee Members: Mary Gaiger, Ian MacMichael, Bill Cornock, Anthea Bentley, Christine Airey, Cassandra Holderness, Jane Crill, James Bailey, Helen Seaman
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 Workers' Role
Sarah and Scott are the Society's Community Workers. As part of their role they work closely with the Hospital Social Worker for the blind and other outside agencies such as Social Security Department. They carry out means testing of potential beneficiaries and establish their level of vision impairment in order to confirm eligibility for financial assistance. They visit beneficiaries in their homes and offer help and support to those who have particular problems with everyday living.
At the strategic level they advise the President and Committee on policies to improve the quality of life of the Island's sight-impaired community.
Sarah Shaw Tel: 01534 841032 Mob: 07797728537 Email: