The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind
Welcome to the website for one of Norfolk's oldest charities and the 5th oldest Association for the visually impaired and blind in the United Kingdom.
The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (The NNAB) celebrates its 208th Anniversary in 2013. Its mission is to help Norfolk's 20,000 people with poor sight remain independent and confident. Sight loss affects all age groups and the Association supports everyone from new born to those over 100 years of age. Last year our community workers made nearly 7,000 separate visits to individuals in their homes and there were over 6,000 visitors to the five equipment centres in Norwich, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Watton and our Mobile Centre.
In Norwich we have a residential home for 37 residents and 20 sheltered flats as well as a volunteer presence in all four hospital eye clinics in the County. We have a busy sports and leisure programme and over 200 active volunteers give generously of their time to deliver these essential aspects of the charity. The Bradbury Activity Centre, located in Norwich and opened by our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, in 2010 acts as a hub for all that the Association does for Norfolk's visually impaired and blind - whatever the age and wherever they are in the County.
The Association receives no state funding of any sort instead relying entirely on legacies and donations, so please do think of us when you are considering making a donation to a charity - all the money raised in Norfolk is spent in Norfolk, and that's a promise!
Leanne's gift is just magic!
Each book would fill the boot of a small car, but as far as a Norfolk charity is concerned, they’re just wizard.
The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind has just taken delivery of a complete set of the Harry Potter books – in Braille.
They have been donated by 21-year-old registered blind Potter fan Leanne Quinney from Caister, near Great Yarmouth, so that other visually impaired Norfolk children can let their fingers do the talking and enjoy the Hogwarts experience.
The series of seven books runs to 67 bulky volumes in Braille – the tactile writing system used by blind and visually impaired people – which stacked together is as tall as a man.
Leanne’s gift means blind children who would otherwise find it difficult to sample Harry’s enchanting world of Muggles and magic have free and easy access to the epic JK Rowling fantasy stories.
Each Potter book is a hefty 600 pages plus even in print format, but once converted to Braille, the millions of raised dots and thick, double- sided paper translate into a literary mountain.
Leanne, who has been registered blind since the age of seven, said: “I’m hoping to get a place of my own, and there simply won’t be room for the books.
“Over the years, I’ve loved every word in the Harry Potter books, and it’s great to think other people can now enjoy them in the same way.”
The NNAB’s equipment centre manager, Simon Marshall said: “It’s obviously far more expensive to produce books in Braille, which means the Potter series could be out of the reach of children and teenagers with sight problems.
“Leanne’s wonderful donation makes them accessible to a whole new generation.”