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The Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley & District

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  1. The Society has been serving the Visually Impaired (VI) Community of North Kirklees for over 100 years. It was based in the Whitfield Centre but sadly this is currently closed through difficulties of upkeep.

    The Society is now planning to merge with Kirklees Visual Impairment Network (KVIN).

    Please see the website for more details.

Organisation last updated

  1. 22 December 2020

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  1. The Whitfield Centre, 180, Soothill Lane, Soothill, Batley, WF17 6HP
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    3. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet
    4. There is a loop system. Please contact the venue if you need further information. Loop system


  1. The Society was founded in 1918 when men were returning blinded from the First World War. Without any skills they were reduced to begging on the streets.

    The Society purchased a building at the top of Soothill Lane in order that these blind men could be put to useful employment by weaving the trugs for local mills.

    Since then the social side of the charity has increased and in 2008-2009 we had over 8000 visits to the centre!

    We continue to support the visually impaired of North Kirklees, whilst providing a rehabilitation service to the whole of Kirklees.