Cardiff Institute for the Blind (some people call us CIB for short) provides local services and lifelong support, so that blind and partially sighted people across the majority of South Wales can enjoy fulfilled lives.
We were set up in 1865, making us Cardiff’s oldest charity and one of the oldest charities in Wales. We are also very honoured to have rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards as our President and actress Ruth Madoc as patron.
We aim to locally support blind and partially sighted people to maintain or improve their physical and emotional wellbeing by providing advice and support to help people exercise, manage medication, eat healthily, increase confidence and self-esteem, give them a sense of security and future, and reduce incidents of falls and accidents. We want people to enjoy independent and fulfilled lives by helping them to be part of a community, to take part in social and leisure activities, get out and about more, to be able and willing to shop alone, to visit friends, be digitally included, have more income and be able to manage money, to volunteer or work, and to take part in lifelong learning.
At our headquarters in Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff, we have a products shop, IT training suite and an Activity Room, which is where many of our Cardiff clubs meet. You can also find many of the Cardiff and Vale team here, who can provide information, advice and an ear to listen.
We are part of the RNIB Group of charities and work with closely with RNIB Cymru to make every day better for people affected by sight loss. To make it easier for people who live outside the Cardiff area to know who to contact, our staff work under the RNIB Cymru name in Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Neath Port Talbot. All our staff work closely with RNIB Cymru, local authorities and other public and Third sector organisations to try and ensure blind and partially sighted people get the support they need.
Click here for a list of our services, which do vary slightly in each area we work in. To find out more about the difference we can make to people’s lives, please click here: