About us


Sight Advice South Lakes (Sight Advice) was formed in 1956 and provides are variety of services to support visually impaired people in the South Lakes area of Cumbria.  Sight Advice is an independent local charity and relies on donations, grants and legacies to maintain its services.

Our mission statement is:

"Sight Advice South Lakes aims to support people with visual impairment to improve the quality of their lives, together with promoting a greater awareness of sight issues."

To enable the mission to be achieved the charity has the following aims:

  • To enable visually impaired people to live independently.
  • To provide practical and emotional support to visually impaired people and their families and carers.
  • To enable visually impaired people to access social support and activities.
  • To promote awareness of sight issues and campaign with, and on behalf over, visually impaired people.

Supporting over 700 visually impaired people requires many resources and fortunately we are supported by 140 volunteers and without their help Sight Advice would not be able to operate.  We are a member led charity with a volunteer Trustee Board.

Map of Sight Advice area showing Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal, Sedbergh, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale and Arnside

Sight Advice has its main office in The Bradbury Centre, 116 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE but our services are provided throughout our area which is shown on this map.








Sight Advice is one of five sight loss charities in Cumbria which are working together as a consortium to improve services and affect change for visually impaired people in our county as a whole.  To do this we are fortunate to have a Development Officer who works on behalf of us.

Cumbria Societies LogoAmy Pearman is the Development Officer for the Cumbria Societies for the Blind and is based in The Bradbury Centre, 116 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE.  She can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01539 742635 or for more information on this project please visit www.cumbriasocieties.org.uk


To be able to support our members takes a large amount of resources and funding, so as a small independent charity Sight Advice benefits from a lot of community fundraising and receives many kind grants and donations.  In addition, over recent years we have also started two social entreprises which are businesses that transfer all their profits to support Sight Advice.

Braille Services provides a professional transcription service for organisations throughout the UK.  It provides Braille, Large Print and Audio transciptions in a cost effective and fast way.  For more information please visit www.brailleservices.co.uk or contact the team on 01539 742634 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


VIP Diaries provides large print diaries, writing pads and a range of other writing products that have been designed by, and for, visually impaired people.  We sell our products to people throughout the UK and abroad, and more information can be found at www.vipdiaries.co.uk or to contact the team please use 01539 726613 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Visionary LogoSight Advice is a member of the national organisation called Visionary.  Visionary supports local sight loss charities to enable blind and partially sighted people achieve their full potential as independent citizens.  It works in partnership with others to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people throughout the UK and also campaigns at a national level on behalf of all local sight loss organisations.

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