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The Brighton centre

Our centre in Brighton is more than 75 years old and was the first purpose-built rehabilitation centre for the blind.

Our centre in Brighton is more than 75 years old and was the first purpose-built rehabilitation centre for the blind.

We moved into our centre at Ovingdean in October 1938 which overlooks Brighton and the English channel. Vision impaired veterans have been coming to our centre for years, where they have their initial assessment and  many members regularly return for holidays, respite, residential and nursing care.

Below: The Brighton centre during construction in 1937

Ovingdean 1937 Cars And Building 

The centre has undergone many changes in its 75 year history and now has a whole host of facilities for our members, including an IT suite, art and craft workshop, gym, swimming pool and other sports and recreation facilities. Our Brighton centre also has 85 bedrooms for permanent residents who need the support, comfort and security of a nursing and residential environment.

The centre has a fantastic history, being located outside the small village of Ovingdean, which was built for us in the 1930s and designed especially for blind veterans. The grounds have designated pathways and it's a short walk from the seafront and the South Downs. Each floor of the building has the same layout to help people keep their bearings.