We offer a variety of aids to buy or hire to help with:

Low Vision Equipment and Advice

Magnification and Lighting

New Technology Support

iPad Familiarisation

Meet others and share their experiences of living with sight loss

Benefits Advice

We stock ‘talking’ and ‘easy see’ products and we have specialist computer software and mobile phones available.

Visit the Centre to find out about all our services and other local and national services which may be of use to you, such as talking books and newspapers.


We provide a free equipment loan scheme to all registered blind or partially sighted people living in the Southend, Rayleigh, Rochford and Castle Point area.

The loan scheme enables you to try the larger pieces of equipment at home before buying your own so you can be sure you purchase the most appropriate items for you.

The service is free of charge but in order to be considered for the scheme, we ask that you visit the Resource and Information Centre and try the various equipment available first.


CCTV Magnifiers


Portable Magnifiers

And much more...

If you are interested in borrowing an item call 01702 342 131 and we will send you an application pack.


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.

Giving a local service for the visually impaired by making Local Newspapers Talk. Affiliated to the Talking News Federation (TNF).

There is no need to be registered blind. The memory sticks arrive by post, in padded wallets, every fortnight, with FREEPOST return labels. And we can even provide players on loan for those who do not have their own.

If you want to know what’s going on locally and can’t manage to read the paper, or would like to know more about what we do, telephone Ann Willis on 01702 205 169 or Janet Berry on 01702 541 410

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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

Copyright info and 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