INFORMATION 

1. SIGHT IMPAIRMENT INFORMATION 

REHABILITATION OFFICERS 

Our local Rehabilitation Officers for Visual Impairment offer an assessment and advice service, and can provide specialist equipment. The Rehabilitation Officers can be contacted at Adult & Community Services at North Yorkshire County Council in Northallerton. 
 
Telephone: 01609 780780 

RNIB 

National charity supporting blind and partially sighted people. 
 
Telephone: 0303 123 9999 
 

ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE 

Telephone: 0303 123 9999 
 

MACULAR SOCIETY 

Telephone: 0300 3030 111 
 

GLAUCOMA ASSOCIATION 

Telephone: 01233 64 81 64 
 

SENSE 

The national charity for deaf/blind people. 
 
Telephone: 0300 330 9256 
 

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND 

Telephone: 0118 983 5555 
 

WILBERFORCE TRUST 

Committed to supporting people with sight loss. 
 
Telephone: 01904 760037 
 

RYEDALE CARERS SUPPORT 

Providing respite care for people looking after someone full-time. 
 
Telephone: 01751  
 

2. TRAVEL 

BUS TRAVEL 

Those who are blind or partially sighted are eligible for a bus pass, enabling free travel at certain times of the day. Contact North Yorkshire County Council at Northallerton. 
 
Telephone: 01609 780780 
 

CAR 

If you are registered as a severely sight impaired (blind) person or as a disabled person you qualify for a Blue Badge. The badge enables the driver to park in designated disabled persons’ parking places and restricted areas for limited periods of time. Applications forms are available from the Customer Services Centre, North Yorkshire County Council at Northallerton. 
 
Telephone: 01609 780780 
 

RAIL 

If you are registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired (blind) you are eligible for a Disabled Persons Railcard and discounts on the ticket prices of most train journeys. If you travel with a non-registered helper they receive the same discount. To get a Disabled Persons Railcard, call for an application form. 
 
Telephone: 0345 605 0525 
 

RAIL ASSISTANCE 

When travelling by train, you can book assistance by phoning the rail “journey line” number. Such assistance will help you with train transfers at all stations. 
 
Telephone: 0345 6050525 
 

COACH 

Concessionary fares are available for people who are registered sight impaired, providing a 50% discount. A person travelling as an escort does not qualify for a reduction. For further information and application forms, please contact the Disabled Persons Travel Helpline. 
 
Telephone: 08717 818179 

3. LEISURE 

RYEDALE TALKING MAGAZINE 

Telephone: 01751 476499 

YORK TALKING MAGAZINE 

Telephone: 01904 760140 

TALKING NEWSPAPERS UK 

Telephone: 0303 123 9999 
 

BRITISH WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND 

Provide audio equipment specially designed and adapted for those living with sight loss. 
 
Telephone: 01622 754757 
 

CALIBRE AUDIO LIBRARY 

Telephone: 01296 432339 
 

RNIB NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE 

Telephone: 0303 123 9999 
 

AUDIO DESCRIPTION 

A large number of TV programmes, Cinema and Theatre Shows now support audio described performances. This can improve the enjoyment of TV for people with sight problems by adding additional commentary describing body language, expressions and movements. 

VOCAL EYES 

Audio description access to the arts. 
 
Telephone: 020 7375 1043 
 

THRIVE 

Using gardening to change lives 
 
Telephone: 0118 988 5688 
 

BRITISH BLIND SPORT 

Telephone: 01926 424247 
 

4. BENEFITS & ALLOWANCES 

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU 

Stanley Harrison House, Norton, Malton 
 
Telephone: 03444 111444 

DIRECT GOV 

The official government website.