Two brand new services in the West of Scotland for blind and partially sighted people are now open.
Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity, Royal Blind, has constructed Jenny’s Well, a specialist 54-bedroom residential care home for visually impaired older people in Hawkhead Road, Paisley.
Its sister charity, Scottish War Blinded, has built the Hawkhead Centre, a state-of-the-art activity centre for veterans of the armed forces with sight loss on the same site. Scottish War Blinded supports veterans regardless of how and when their vision impairment happened.
The £17m project has created around 150 new jobs in Paisley. Nearly 100 military veterans have already signed up to use the Hawkhead Centre and 11 residents of Jenny’s Well will begin moving into their new home from this week.
Mark O’Donnell, Chief Executive of Royal Blind Group, said: “We are delighted to officially open Jenny’s Well and the Hawkhead Centre.
“This has been a unique project for the Royal Blind Group as it is the first time that we have constructed a Royal Blind service and a Scottish War Blinded service side by side, and they will be our first centres in the West of Scotland. We have recruited a fantastic team of talented, knowledgeable and hardworking staff, and I am confident they will make these much-needed services a success.