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About Us

With over 213 years of successfully caring for visually impaired and blind people, the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) has a proven record of providing specialist care and help both in the community and within our own Residential Home and Sheltered Housing accommodation.

Our Aims

The NNAB was founded in 1805 and is the fifth oldest voluntary blind society in the UK. Our aims are to provide:

  • Accommodation and care
  • Community visiting services
  • Educational and recreational facilities

for the visually impaired and blind in Norfolk, whatever their age and wherever they are. The NNAB offers various services:

Thomas Tawell House

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Hammond Court

A complex of 20 self contained flats in Norwich, looked after by wardens, in which we encourage and extend the independance of the residents with all that Norwich has to offer - both through the Association and also via the City.

Equipment Centre

Equipment and Information Centres

    • Norwich – open every weekday from 9am to 5pm
    • King‘s Lynn – open five mornings a week, 9am to 1pm
    • Great Yarmouth – open five mornings a week, 10am to 1pm
    • Cromer – open Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 1:00pm
    • Mobile Equipment Centre – providing services for people in community spaces throughout the county on a rolling programme.

All the Equipment Centres offer information, advice and help. A wide range of daily living aids may be seen and purchased.

Community Workers

Our 10 community workers provide a county-wide visiting, advice and support service to those in the community with sight problems. Their main role is to encourage and enable people registered with us to live a full and independent life.

Hospital Eye Clinics Information Service

This service provides local and national information of a non-medical nature to those attending the eye clinics, as either patients or carers about the services available from the NNAB to people with poor sight in Norfolk.


We rely on over 200 Volunteers for essential support to deliver all our activities.  So, naturally enough, we are always looking for new people to come and give their time and expertise in support of the NNAB; if you are looking for a rewarding and outward looking opportunity to work within the Norfolk community there can be few finer opportunities than to do so with us.  We welcome all ages and all backgrounds to bring their own special contribution to the Association - so come on - volunteer today!


Richard Hanson - Co-Chair, Simon Stokes - Co-Chair, Guy Gowing - Vice Chair, Andrew Orves -Treasurer, Emily Barnston, Paul Bowerbank, David Harris, Tim Hirst, Amanda Lockett, Richard West, Georgina Holloway, Karen Norton, Brenda Jones. 

The following links are for the 2017 Trustee handbook and it's appendix. trustee-handbook-2017.docx       appendix-for-trustee-handbook-2017.docx

Education and Leisure

Strangers Hall Visit

We run braille, craft, computer, painting and art appreciation classes. In addition we organise heritage visits, book clubs, discussion groups, holidays and a gardening club.

Sports Activities

We hold the following sports activites throughout the County.

Membership Scheme

Annual membership is available for a minimum cost of £5.00 which would entitle you to vote at the Annual General Meeting held in October each year. Please contact us if you would like further information on 01603 573000.


We actively fundraise across the County and this sits at the core of enabling what we do - without our fundraising activities we would provide a very much reduced list of services and activities for our members.  At the NNAB we always like to encourage our supporters to attend our community events or to take part in our more extreme sports for sponsorship.  We also have those who do their own fundraising events with friends and family for the NNAB, which we are always very greatful for.

Other Organisations

We work closely with the Sensory Support Unit of Norfolk County Council’s Social Services and the National Blind Charities such as The Royal National Institute of the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind,

Blind Veterans UK and the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. We also run the RNIB Talking Book Service within the county.

Visual Awareness Training

The Association offers various Visual Awareness sessions to other organisations and local businesses as well as courses for individuals on our site at Magpie Road.

For more details please contact Diane Stewart on 01603 573000 or email her at:


YoungEyes is the name of our group of young vision-impaired friends aged up to 18 years old and their families. To date we have over 100 young people on our mailing list who receive news about our events that are especially organised for them and their families. The support that families can give each other is also vital and if NNAB can facilitate this happening we are delighted. Our children's events are well supported by our families and also other related organisations

We work closely with both the Children's Services Education Sensory Support Team (Virtual School Sensory Support) and also with the Social Services Sensory Support Unit.

Please contact us if you have any queries about services for vision-impaired children, we are happy to help. Call 01603573000 or email



The NNAB helps and supports over 4000 visually impaired people of Norfolk but it is estimated that there are a further 30,000 people who may need our support.

  • A team of community workers make over 3,000 visits a year to people at home.

  • Over five thousand people annually visit its five equipment centres in Norwich, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Cromer to seek advice and learn about new aids available.

  • Its YoungEyes team provides help, support and life skills to over 40 families.

  • Activities provided by the charity include a range of sports, audio book clubs, theatre visits, discussion groups and gardening.

  • The charity runs the only purpose-built residential home for 36 blind and visually impaired residents in Norfolk, plus 20 supported flats to promote independent living.