Services from sight loss charity RNIB Scotland will still be accessible to those who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity’s Need to Talk counselling service will be available by telephone, and its Eye Clinic Liaison Officer service will also be accessible by email or phone.

Social and leisure groups set up by the charity will be communicating via social media, and the resource centre will be available for online orders of aids and equipment.

There are currently around 170,000 people living with significant sight loss in Scotland, with around 3,500 children and young people having a visual impairment.

James Adams, the charity’s director, said: "In the current period of uncertainty and confusion it is more important than ever that those who are among the most vulnerable in society still have confidence that they have help and support.

 The RNIB Helpline ( is available on 0303 123 9999 from 8am to 8pm weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. This can give advice and information for anyone who is blind or partially sighted.

"Information on issues of concern to people with sight loss will also continue to be broadcast, as well as entertainment programmes, by our Connect Radio station, available on Freeview 730 or online. RNIB's Talking Book library can still post or download the thousands of titles we have available in audio and other formats."