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Visually Impaired Society of Richmond

Promoting independence & activities among visually impaired people in and around Richmond.

Sheen Lane Centre
74 Sheen Lane
Sheen, London
SW14 8LP

Telephone Mondays only: 020 8487 5082 or 020 8487 5301

The Borough has a number of schemes and services designed to help you get around. In addition, a number of national organisations run schemes giving good discounts to older people. These schemes are administered by The Accessible Transport Unit.


The Accessible Transport Unit (ATU)

c/o Disability Action and Advice Centre
4 Waldegrave Road
TW11 8HT.

Telephone: 020 8831 6312 / 6191 / 6097


The Freedom Pass / Travel Permit (administered by ATU)

Although residents of the Borough with restricted mobility and every permanent resident aged over 60 is entitled to a Freedom Pass, this qualifying age seems to be slowly creeping up.    To check your current eligibility, please visit

A Freedom Pass  gives free travel on London buses, tubes and trains as well as half price travel on national coach services and local river services.   Telephone 020 8831 6312.

However, if you are over 60 and not yet eligible for a Freedom Pass, Transport for London will offer you a 60+ Oyster card which gives you free travel within London.


Disability Resource Team

2nd Floor
6 Park Road
TW11 0AA

Telephone 020 8943 0022



Richmond Association for the Blind (part of Middlesex Association for the Blind) 

Head office:

Suite 18,

Freetrade House

Lowther Road


Middlesex HA7 1EP

Tel:  020 8432 5141

web site:



Richmond AID

The Disability Action and Advice Centre
4 Waldegrave Road
TW11 8HT

Telephone 020 8831 6070



Richmond Monday Club for the Visually Impaired

Telephone 020 8894 2987


Twickenham Club for the Blind and Partially Sighted

Telephone 020 8979 3987



Richmond Adult Community College operates a Cooking with Confidence course.  This course is specifically for people who are vision impaired.

For more information

Telephone 020 8891 5907.


The Partially Sighted Society also provides equipment, where VAT is zero rated if it is specifically for people who are registered blind or partially sighted.

Telephone 01302 368998.