We provide Information, Advice and Guidance on all aspects of sight loss for all ages including:

Magnification and Lighting

Daily Living Equipment

New Technology – including Smartphone / tablet familiarisation

Peer Support – Meeting with others to share experiences of living with sight loss

Benefits Advice

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer based at Southend Hospital Eye Clinic

We stock a variety of Low Vision Equipment to try before you buy including: “talking” and “easy to see” products, lighting, magnification, kitchen aids, anti-glare glasses, indoor games and puzzles.

To find out about all our services, plus other local and national services which may be of use to you, such as talking books or talking newspapers, please call 01702 342131.

If you would like to visit our Centre, please phone ahead to book an appointment, on 01702 342131 so we have the right person and time available to help you.

Our Tech team offers advise on specialist apps, computer programmes, tablets and mobiles phones and can provide individual technology guidance sessions.

If you would like help setting up your smartphone or tablet, or impartial advice on what technology is best for you, please call our Centre to book an appointment on 01702 342131. It is advisable to phone in advance to discuss your requirements, so that we can ensure we have the right person and time available to help on the day of your appointment.   


The scheme enables you to try larger pieces of equipment in your home, so you can be sure it is the most appropriate for you before purchasing your own.

The service is free of charge but in order to be considered for the scheme, we ask that you call us for full details and book an appointment to visit the Centre to try the equipment we have available first. Please call on 01702 342131.  

 Please note this scheme relies on donated equipment from our members who no longer require it, so we are unable to guarantee what is available at any time.   

 We also have some small second-hand items for sale in our Centre which can include: hand held magnifiers, talking clocks and big button landline phones.  Please call us to find out what is currently in stock.


60 minutes of local news sent to your home every week and it’s FREE.  There are 3 different talking newspapers which cover 3 different areas including; Southend, Wickford and Rayleigh, Rochford and Castle Point.

The Talking Newspapers provide a service of local news, information and articles from the Evening Echo and other papers, read by our teams of volunteers and copied to USB memory sticks. These are sent, entirely free of charge, to anyone in these districts who is blind, partially sighted, or simply has difficulty in reading.

The memory sticks arrive by post, in padded wallets, every week in Southend, every fortnight in the other areas, with FREEPOST return labels.


If you want to know what’s going on locally and can’t manage to read the paper or would like to know more, please contact:

For Rayleigh, Rochford, Castle Point Talking Newspapers (RRCPTN)
Tel: Janet Berry on 01702 541 410 or email:

For Southend Talking Newspapers (STNP)
Tel: 01702 898 900  or email:

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Everyone was so helpful and welcoming. We came away with excellent advice, a wealth of information and a feeling of relief that help is available to solve so many of our frustrations. We both felt we had made friends too.”

Anthony and June


Our centre is situated on the corner of Hamlet Court Road and Ditton Court Road. It is easily accessible, with flat floor entrances.

If you have a newly diagnosed eye condition, pre-existing condition or gradually deteriorating eyesight, we can supply you with tools and equipment to help you maintain your independence and make life a little easier.

We are open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 3pm.

We offer a drop-in service, but you are advised to book an appointment to ensure a relevant advisor is available to see you.

Southend Insight

Southend in Sight is the Community Services Division of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation. Southend Blind Welfare Organisation is an independent charity providing practical support and advice to those living with visual impairment and blindness in the Southend-on-Sea area. Registered Charity No: 1069765