Sight Life Wales


Sight Life (known as Cardiff Institute for the Blind until October 2019) provides a wide range of local services so that blind and partially sighted people across the majority of South Wales can enjoy independent, active, social and fulfilled lives. Originally established in 1865, we are one of the oldest charities in Wales. We are honoured to have rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards, CBE, as our President and actress Ruth Madoc as our patron.



Who are we?


Sight Life is small but mighty! We have nine members of staff and over 140 volunteers, many of whom have a sight condition. Our offices are located in Cardiff and Swansea but much of our work takes place in the community. We often carry out home visits to those who have recently developed a sight condition that is impacting on their lives. Because of contracts or the funding we have from local authorities, health boards and the National Lottery Community Fund, we mainly focus on delivering direct services in Cardiff, Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Neath and Port Talbot. We are able to provide advice to people outside those areas via telephone, via our quarterly newsletter or through our social media channels.

We understand that living with sight loss can be incredibly challenging. However, with our support, we know that blind and partially sighted people can continue living the lives they want. That can be something as simple as still being able to enjoy books and television. It can be something essential like being able to safely cook meals and go shopping. It can be something important like being able to stay in work. Or it can be something personal like being able to continue doing sport and leisure activities.



How can we help you?


How can we help you? Sight Life is the new working name for Cardiff Institute for the Blind. Cardiff Institute for the Blind has been working to support people with sight loss in the capital of Wales since 1865. Click here to find out more about our history. We changed our name in October 2019 to help people understand that we support anyone with a sight problem, not just people who are blind.

So what does Sight Life actually do? Sight Life works locally to help blind and partially sighted people across South Wales enjoy independent, active, social and fulfilling lives. We have tried to make sure you can find the information you need as quickly as possible. We’ve provided direct links to some of the key questions that people ask us. The list isn’t exhaustive – there are always lots of questions! If you have a question or query that is not covered here, and you want our help, please feel free to contact us by phone on 029 2039 8900 or you can email us at [email protected]. We will do our best to answer your questions. How can we help you?

To find out more about who we are click here. If you’d like to know more about what we do, click here. Please note that the services we provide do vary by area.


Last Updated: January 23, 2024
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